The Law and Economics of Regulating Medical Products

by Prof. Catherine Sharkey


The regulation of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices—fields of rapid technological growth and innovation—is a topic of legal, economic, and policy significance. Our study of the law and economics of regulating such medical products will encompass an exploration of such direct controls as governmental legislation and agency directives and indirect controls like products liability litigation and insurance. We will study how technological advances in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry challenge and demand redefinition of the institutional relationships between agencies and courts, and of the mechanisms of supervision and control provided by the market, government, and common law litigation.

Monday, 27 June 2022: 9:30 - 12:00
Tuesday, 28 June 2022: 9:30 - 12:00
Wednesday, 29 June 2022: 9:30 - 12:00
Thursday, 30 June 2022: 9:30 - 12:00

Monday, 4 July 2022: 9:30 - 12:00
Tuesday, 5 July 2022: 9:30 - 12:00
Wednesday, 6 July 2022: 9:30 - 12:00
Thursday, 7 July 2022: 9:30 - 12:00

The course is designed for both business and law students or students interested in the subject. No specific prerequisites are required.

Final grades will be determined by class participation (25%), one in-class presentation (25%), and 24-hour take-home final examination (50%). You are expected to attend every class.


    Prof. Sharkey

    Catherine Sharkey
    Professor of Law
    School of Law, New York University