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Health, Food, and Drug Law

  • Illustration of a colorful mind

    The obstacles to decriminalizing psychedelic drugs are political, not legal, say experts

    October 13, 2021

    The new Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation (POPLAR) at Harvard Law School recently convened a conference on the future of psychedelics law and regulation.

  • Illustration showing alternative clean energy sources: hydro energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, and solar energy.

    Electric slide

    September 21, 2021

    Helping key players across Massachusetts — including the City of Boston and environmental nonprofits — reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 is a focus for the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School.

  • Group of elementary children studying with a teacher at school during coronavirus pandemic

    Investigating mask mandate bans

    September 13, 2021

    Michael Ashley Stein ’88, executive director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, says the Department of Education should go beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act in investigating state bans against mandating face coverings in schools.

  • Female protesters holding signs march outside the Texas State Capitol

    Does Texas’ abortion law presage the end of Roe v. Wade?

    September 9, 2021

    Harvard Law School’s Shayna Medley explains Texas’s anti-abortion law, why she believes it violates Roe, and what she thinks it could signal for the future of reproductive rights.

  • Woman at a table with a folder in front of her gesturing and talking to another woman

    A special responsibility

    September 9, 2021

    As special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, or VCF, Rupa Bhattacharyya ’95 is working to ensure that fair compensation goes to the victims of the attacks.

  • Woman standing outside wearing a hat, pink face mask and a Britney Spears t-shirt holding a pink signs that says #FreeBritney.

    Free Britney?

    August 13, 2021

    Lecturer on Law James Toomey ’19, on how conservatorships work and what rights are afforded to those who — like Britney Spears — wish to extricate themselves from their constraints.

  • illustration Bank with growth of money represented in background

    Going public

    July 7, 2021

    Harvard Law School students are working to create a Massachusetts public bank to help minority-owned businesses, small farms, and gateway cities.

  • Psilocybin science and research

    A Q&A with Mason Marks on new psychedelics law and regulation initiative

    July 7, 2021

    Mason Marks, POPLAR project lead and Petrie-Flom senior fellow, explains how the initiative will fill a gap in research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of psychedelics law and policy, and previews some of the initiative’s topics of inquiry.

  • Phebe Hong

    ‘We have the common ground of all getting through this together’

    May 18, 2021

    Health law has become especially timely in this year of COVID-19 vaccines and revitalized Obamacare. But for graduating student Phebe Hong ’21, it’s a passion that began in high school.

  • Zachary Weinstein

    A brilliant second act

    May 11, 2021

    Zachary Weinstein ’21 didn’t always want to be a lawyer. In fact, for most of his life, he was more likely to be found in front of a camera than in front of a judge.

  • photo of Emily Broad Leib sitting on a rock bench in front of a grass lawn

    Emily Broad Leib ’08 on the rise in food insecurity and the need for a national food strategy

    May 10, 2021

    Emily M. Broad Leib ’08, faculty director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic, discusses food insecurity and the challenges and crises in the U.S. food system, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 2021 Last lectures grid

    Harvard Law School’s 2021 Last Lecture Series

    May 5, 2021

    The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class.

  • young African American child holding his father's hand and looking up at him

    Evaluating President Biden’s first 100 days: Children and families

    April 30, 2021

    In evaluating President Biden's first 100 days, Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Bartholet says the president has been a champion for children and families, but she hopes he will also reform the current homeschooling regime .

  • Male patient getting an injection in the upper arm from a doctor wearing blue gloves.

    Evaluating President Biden’s first 100 days: Health care and the pandemic

    April 28, 2021

    I. Glenn Cohen ’03 and Carmel Shachar J.D./M.P.H. ’10 of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics discuss the Biden administration's healthcare agenda.

  • Healthcare workers carrying signs reading Protect Essential Frontline Workers

    Sick and tired

    April 20, 2021

    What are the ramifications of this pandemic year for medical practitioners? And how might the future of health care be shaped by the wounds inflicted on those we entrust with our lives?

  • Martha Minow and Emily Broad Leib

    COVID and the law: What have we learned?

    March 17, 2021

    The effect of COVID-19 on the law has been transformative and wide-ranging, but as a Harvard Law School panel pointed out on the one-year anniversary of campus shutdown, the changes haven’t all been for the worse.

  • A line of people waiting to get their vaccine.

    Calling the shots

    March 17, 2021

    Disheartened by tales from family and friends frustrated by his home state of Pennsylvania's vaccine distribution system, Seth Rubinstein ’22, a second year student at Harvard Law School, knew he wanted to get involved.

  • Colorful silhouettes of overweight people

    The shape of discrimination

    March 10, 2021

    Harvard Law alum Daniel Aaron ’20 thinks high obesity rates among people of color may be another legacy of ongoing racism in America.

  • The White House after a heavy snowfall

    More Harvard Law faculty and alumni tapped to serve in the Biden administration

    February 19, 2021

    Since President Joe Biden took office in January, dozens of Harvard Law community members, including faculty and alumni, have been tapped to serve in high-profile positions in his administration

  • Wasserstein Hall at Harvard Law School

    Petrie-Flom Center assembles new advisory board, including Moderna consultant, WHO legal counsel, and hospital executive

    February 11, 2021

    On February 11, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School announced the formation of its new advisory board.

  • Closeup of man smoking and wearing a mask

    Should smokers be prioritized for COVID vaccine?

    February 2, 2021

    Should smoking be among the pre-existing health risks that qualify people for priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine? Harvard Law public health expert Carmel Shachar says the answer is yes.