Legal and Public Health Perspectives on Food Policy

Legal and Public Health Perspectives on Food Policy

Professor Emily Broad Leib
Spring 2013 reading group
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm in Lewis Room 302
1 classroom credit

Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law Emily Broad Leib, Harvard Law School

Associate Professor Kirsten Davison, Dept of Nutrition, School of Public Health

Meets: Mondays, 5-7pm every other week (total of 6 class sessions)

Venue: Weeks 1, 3, and 5 Harvard Law School campus; Weeks 2, 4, and 6 Longwood campus

Maximum enrollment: 12 students (6 law; 6 public health)

This reading group is designed to bring students from diverse backgrounds together to discuss current issues in US food policy from multiple perspectives. Students will read three topic-based articles each week, and participate in a group discussion on the topic. The instructors will provide one foundational reading for each week of the course. Six student teams will be created, with one law and one public health student per team. The student teams will be responsible for choosing two readings and leading the discussion on their designated week. Guests with deep, applied knowledge of the topic will also be invited to participate. Topics will include: the landscape of food policy and regulation in the US; the local/organic/sustainable foods movement; the U.S. dietary guidelines –process, outcomes, and implications; U.S. food security programs (SNAP, WIC); school lunch and school lunch reform; and marketing foods to children.

The reading group will begin on Monday February 11th and conclude on Monday April 22nd. Sessions take place every other Monday, and will alternate between the Harvard Law School campus and the Harvard School of Public Health Longwood campus. There will be an optional reading group orientation dinner held on Monday, January 28th, where students can meet the instructors and sign up for the session they will lead.

Registration is limited and will be by application only. Please submit a brief statement of interest to by October 15.

Subject Areas: Health Law, Regulatory Law