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: 17 until 27 August 2020
Online Course via Zoom

Monday 17 August 2020, 15.45 - 18.15
Tuesday, 18 August 2020, 15.45 - 18.15
Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 15.45 - 18.15
Thursday, 20 August 2020, 15.45 - 18.15

Monday 24 August 2020, 15.45 - 18.15
Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 15.45 - 18.15
Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 15.45- 18.15
Thursday, 27 August 2020, 15.45 - 18.15

Assessment details

    • 20% Participation in Discussions
    • 20% Essay 1000 words: Due 28 August at 15:00
    • 60% Take Home Exam: Due 31 August at 15:00

    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.