34505 Environmental Law and Public Policy - Risk and Regulation

The 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: 19 until 29 August 2019
Place: Faculty of Business and Economics, Peter Merian-Weg 6

Monday, 19 August 2019, 09.45-12.15
Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 09.45-12.15
Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 09.45-12.15
Thursday, 22 August 2019, 09.45-12.15

Monday 26 August 2019, 09.45-12.15
Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 09.45-12.15
Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 09.45-12.15
Thursday, 29 August 2019, 09.45-12.15

Assessment details

  • 10% participation
  • 15% class presentation
  • 25% eassay 1200 words
  • 50% final in-class exam:
    Date of final exam: 2 September 2019, 14:15 - 15:45, S15, WWZ, Peter Merian-Weg 6

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

For further information please contact the Summer School office.