ENV 981a,b/LAW (Tentative) () (Tentative) / 2022-2023

Climate, Animals, Food, and Environment Law & Policy Lab — Pre-Registration Deadline: June 25

Note: this course information is for the 2022-2023 academic year, not the current academic year (2021-2022).
Credits: 3
Fall 2022: Time and location TBA
Spring 2023: Time and location TBA

3 units in the Fall term, 3 units in the Spring term, with a full-year commitment required. Students in the CAFE Lab will gain firsthand experience working with faculty, outside experts, and non-governmental organizations to develop innovative law and policy initiatives to bring systemic change to the global food industry, which is one of the top contributors to climate change, animal suffering, human exploitation, and environmental degradation worldwide. The Lab’s mission is to devise and propagate novel legal and policy strategies to compel industrial food producers to pay the currently uncounted, externalized costs of industrial agriculture for animals, workers, communities, and the environment. 

In addition to gaining substantive background in relevant areas of law and policy, students enrolled in the Lab will work in small teams on initiatives to create a more equitable food system. Potential projects for the CAFE Lab include developing legislative, regulatory, and litigation prototypes to reduce suffering of factory farmed animals; stop physical abuse, labor violations, wage theft, and other methods of exploiting workers; require reporting and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from industrial agriculture; hold corporations accountable for self-declared deadlines for climate, labor, and animal welfare reforms; remove legal barriers to sustainable alternatives products; and challenge false “humane,” “sustainable,” “green,” “fair trade,” or “environmentally friendly” marketing claims.

The Lab will be supervised by faculty with expertise in food, animal, climate, and environmental law and policy. Guest lecturers will be drawn from the world of practitioners, scholars, journalists, legislators, farmers, corporate innovators, and other stakeholders. The CAFE Lab will provide a creative space for students to develop and launch new prototypes each year that will be shared in open source format with the express purpose of fostering imitation and adoption by a wide-ranging cross-section of non-profit, government, and corporate leaders. Paper required. Enrollment limited. Permission of instructors is required. Also ENV 981. D. Kysar and J. Lovvorn. 

Course Bidding: In addition to listing this course among experiential permission selections, students should submit a resume and a brief statement of interest by 4:30 pm on the last day of the bidding period. Students should also upload the resume and statement of interest to the bidding system.

Note: Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory for admitted students and for those on the waiting list who wish to remain in consideration for admission if a place becomes available. Admitted students must confirm their participation in advance of the first class by a date designated by the instructors. A no-drop policy applies. Students who have accepted their places may drop up until August 25 but cannot drop during the normal add/drop period after classes begin.

Note: Students from other graduate and professional schools are welcome to apply to this course by sending a resume and statement of interest directly to Professor Kysar (douglas.kysar@yale.edu) by June 25.