February 21, 2014 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Austin Hall, Ames Courtroom (200)
1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. To register, please click here.

Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center; the Food Law and Policy Clinic (a division of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation); the Food Law Lab; and the Harvard Food Law Society; with support from the Top University Strategic Alliance and the Dean's Office at Harvard Law School.


8:30 - 9:00am: Registration

A continental breakfast will be provided.

9:00 - 9:05am: Welcome remarks 

9:05 - 9:50am: Keynote 

  • Peter Barton Hutt, Harvard Law School/Covington & Burling - The Food Safety Modernization Act in Historical Perspective

9:50 - 10:40am: Panel 1 – FSMA and Risk Regulation Strategy 

  • Jacob E. Gersen, Food Law Lab, Harvard Law School – Political Economy & Political Psychology in Food Safety 

  • Michael Roberts, Resnick Food Law and Policy Program, UCLA School of Law – The Regulation of Food Fraud Under FSMA: A Triggering of Obligations

  • Moderator – I. Glenn Cohen, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

10:40 - 11:00am: Break

11:00am - 12:15pm: Panel 2 – Regulating Farm Production: From Zero to Sixty

  • Denis Stearns, Seattle University School of Law – Turning a Black Swan White: Questioning the Need for Regulation of Non-Industrial Agriculture

  • Alli Condra, Food Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School – FSMA and Farm Consolidation

  • Margot Pollans, Resnick Food Law and Policy Program, UCLA School of Law – FSMA and Sustainability

  • Moderator – Robert Greenwald, Center for Health Law Policy and Innovation, Harvard Law School

12:15 - 1:30pm: Lunch Break 

Please note: Lunch will not be provided.

1:30 - 2:45:  Panel 3 – Benefits, Challenges, and Gaps in FSMA's Approach 

  • Lewis Grossman, Washington College of Law, American University – New Governance, New Challenges

  • Kuei-Jung Ni, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School/Institute for Technology Law, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan – FDA and Uncertain Health Risks: Regulating Veterinary Drugs in Feeding Food Animals

  • Stephanie Tai, University of Wisconsin School of Law – Whole Foods: The FSMA and the Challenges of Defragmenting Food Safety Regulation

  • Moderator – Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

2:45 - 3:00: Break 

3:00 - 4:15: Panel 4 – International Issues and Trade Implications

  • Sharon Mayl, Senior Advisor for Policy, FDA Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine – Title TBA

  • Ching-Fu Lin, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School – The Role of Private Standards in the FSMA

  • Marsha Echols, Howard University School of Law – Mandatory and Voluntary Programs for Importers

  • Moderator – Joel Trachtman, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

4:15 - 4:30: Concluding remarks

For more information, please contact us at petrie-flom@law.harvard.edu.


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