34505 Environmental Law and Public Policy - Risk and Regulation

The master course explores key trends and challenges in the global food sector related to the environment, human health, and profitability. We will explore corporate innovation, government regulation, and certification programs. Comparisons are made when possible among Swiss, EU, and US, and Asian laws and corporate policies. Students examine corporate strategies in the food sector, differing legal standards among nations, changing consumer preferences, public subsidies, trade barriers, vertical integration of supply chains, branding trends, and organic certification standards. Students learn to evaluate the effectiveness of environmental law and policy, and to judge the quality and uncertainty of scientific evidence used to claim that a risk is either significant, or not worth worrying about. Each topic explores how environmental and health risks are assessed, and how legal and regulatory standards, and alternative government and corporate policies and practices that might reduce negative externalities



Prof. John Wargo
Professor of Environmental Health and Political Science
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University


Duration: 6 - 16 August 2018
Place: tba

Monday 06.08.2018: 09.45-12.15
Tuesday 07.08.2018: 09.45-12.15
Wednesday 08.08.2018: 09.45-12.15
Thursday 09.08.2018: 09.45-12.15

Monday 13.08.2018: 09.45-12.15
Tuesday 14.08.2018: 09.45-12.15
Wednesday 15.08.2018: 09.45-12.15
Thursday 16.08.2018: 09.45-12.15



Take-Home Exam


Recommended Prerequisites

Solid understanding of business and economics on the BA level

Completion of an introductory course in law (BA) would be helpful
Introduction to Environmental Economics (Umwelt- und Ressourcenökonomie, 10160)
Public Choice and Public Economics (10148)


Course Information

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