Law 913 - Regulating Food
Diana R. H. Winters
M.A. (History), Harvard University
Ph.D. (American Studies), Harvard University
J.D., New York University
This course will discuss the significant leeway that state and local governments have to regulate the food system, and the boundaries of this power. We will look at several areas where states have attempted to regulate—including labeling foods that include genetically engineered ingredients, animal welfare, and sugar consumption reduction strategies—attempts to block these regulations, and how courts have handled these challenges. We will discuss the complexity and utility of having multiple layers of regulation, what changes in the federal administration mean for state and local regulation, and whether the system can or should be streamlined.
1. Understand the interaction between federal and state law.
2. Interpret and apply case law, statutes and regulations to determine how a court might resolve a dispute involving the regulation of food.
3. Learn about the role of law in public policy.