Law 165 - Law, Science and Technology: Narratives on the Regulation of Risk
Faculty Director, UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program
J.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1986
The course is an introduction to environmental regulation through the lens of five stories illustrating clashes between technology and the environment. Using a mix of readings in environmental history, science, law and policy, and sociology, the course will examine how social, legal and market institutions respond to the public health and environmental risks presented by technology. The narratives include the secret history of leaded gasoline, the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire, the evacuation of Love Canal, the Bhopal, India catastrophe, and the emergence of nanotechnology. In addition to the readings, students will watch excerpts of documentaries, archival news footage and computer animations regarding the narratives. Over the course of the semester, students will explore theoretical and empirical aspects of a range of regulatory approaches, including command and control, incentive-based, and management-based regulation. Students will submit short reaction papers (1-2 paragraphs) in advance of each class which will form the basis for class discussions.