The courses will consider the difficult issues confronting the federal government as it works to make the food supply (1) safe (Professor Steinzor’s course) and (2) sustainable (plentiful, stable, replaceable, with production that minimizes adverse effects on the environment) (Professor Pappas’ course - Environmental Law Seminar: Food, Farming and Sustainability) despite challenges posed by regulatory failures at the national level; problems in implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act; growing imports of food from countries without robust regulatory systems; income inequality within the U.S. that has created a plague of obesity; the intense changes caused by climate change; and the unintended consequences of national agricultural policies.
Professor Steinzor’s course will focus on the FDA’s efforts to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, a major statute that will require state-of-the art regulatory design and implementation. The course will consider how the FDA will resolve issues resolving risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis, as well as how it will cope with a rulemaking system that has become both ossified and politicized. The course will offer students the opportunity to develop practice-oriented writing skills, including such forms as blogging, congressional testimony, legislative drafting, and recommendation memos for decision-makers.
Professor Pappas’ course (offered Spring 2015) will focus on how food production and agricultural operations fit into our management of the human environment. It will consider resource tradeoffs involved in land use planning for food production, federal assistance programs under the Farm Bill, and interactions between agricultural activities and major environmental laws. The course will also address emerging legal issues involved in food production such as such as animal welfare issues, fisheries, intellectual property in food/agricultural products, organic and genetically modified foods, and labor issues. The course will give students experience in presenting and work-shopping original research projects as well as developing substantial research papers.
These courses are designed for students who hope to work in the area of public policy and regulatory design, for the government or in the private sector. They are especially appropriate for students seeking concentrations in health and environmental law. Although focused on food policy, which poses major challenges nationally and globally, the two courses will equip students to work within the federal administrative law and legislative systems to solve difficult policy problems at the intersection of protecting public health and the environment.
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Fall, 2014 (Day).
2 openings. (Limit 20).