3101.0: Monday, November 13, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Courts, Communities, Countries and Biochemistry: Environmental Protection's Challenge to the Law

The problems that Anglo-American jurisprudence was established to solve were simpler and more straightforward than the problems that our current environmental protection system attempts to address. Therefore, the institutions and principles of law in the United States do not always fit well in coping with the exigencies of environmental health threats. This session will identify these challenges to the law presented by environmental protection at four different levels: (1) How toxic tort cases challenge notions of causation in our courts, (2) How sustainable development programs challenge traditional views of property rights in our communities, (3) How the need to guarantee our national priorities for environmental protection in an era of opening international trade challenges our views of our countries sovereignty, and (4) How the expanding power of genomics may challenge almost every institution and principle of U.S. law
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Organizer(s):Daniel Swartzman, JD, MPH
2:30 PMIntroduction: The Origins of Anglo-American Law
Daniel Swartzman, JD, MPH
2:45 PMChallenging the Courts: Changing principles of Legal Causation in Response to Toxic Tort Litigation
Daniel Swartzman, JD, MPH
3:00 PMChallenging Our Communities: How Sustainable Development Programs Require a Reevaluation of Property Rights
Linda B. Rimer, PhD
3:15 PMChallenging Our Country: The Conflict Between International Trade Agreements and Our Ability to Protect Our Environment
Babette J. Neuberger, JD, MPH
3:30 PMChallenging the Law: The Widespread Impacts of Genomics Research and Practices
Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
Cosponsors:Occupational Health and Safety; Social Work

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA