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.


Duration: 16 until 26 August 2021

Monday, 16 August 2021, 14:00 - 16:30
Tuesday, 17 August 2021, 14:00 - 16:30
Wednesday, 18 August 2021, 14:00 - 16:30
Thursday, 19 August 2021, 14:00 - 16:30

Monday, 23 August 2021, 14:00 - 16:30
Tuesday, 24 August 2021, 14:00 - 16:30
Wednesday, 25 August 2021, 14:00 - 16:30
Thursday, 26 August 2021, 14:00 - 16:30

Assessment details

• 20% Participation in Discussions
• 20% Essay 1000 words:
• 60% 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

For further information please contact the Summer School office.



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