Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy

2nd Annual Harvard Law School-UCLA Food Law and Policy Conference: Drugs, Animals, and Food: Law & Policy of Antibiotics in the Food System

This symposium will explore the many facets of the debate over antibiotic use in animal agriculture.

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The debate over antibiotic use in animal agriculture combines elements of science, ethics, politics, and law. Between fifty and eighty percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are fed to farm animals raised for human consumption––both to promote animal growth and reduce disease in food-producing livestock living in high-density conditions. This agricultural antibiotic use significantly contributes to the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria that affect our ability to treat and prevent human disease, and serious animal welfare concerns exist regarding the concentrated environments this antibiotic use enables. Considerable social and financial costs weigh on both sides of the issue, and the legal system is invoked with each new dispute. This symposium will explore the many facets of the debate with presentations by leading legal advocates, health sciences experts, and public policy scholars.

Confirmed speakers

  • Emily Broad-Leib, Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic; Deputy Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School
  • Anna Cecilie de Klauman, Minister Counselor, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Danish Royal Embassy
  • Kelsey Eberly, Litigation Fellow, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Jacob Gersen, Founder and Director, Harvard Food Law Lab, Harvard Law School
  • Lisa Heinzerling, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Kim Kessler, Policy and Special Programs Director, UCLA School of Law Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy
  • Bob Martin, Program Director, Food System Policy Program, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Janice Nadler, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Northwestern University Law School
  • Erik Olson, Senior Strategic Director for the Food & Agriculture and Health Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Kevin Outterson, Professor of Law and Professor of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Law
  • Lance B. Price, Professor, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Michael Roberts, Executive Director, UCLA School of Law Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy
  • Kristen Stilt, Director, Animal Law and Policy Program and Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School
  • Stephanie Tai, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Representatives from government and industry

A full agenda will be posted here when it becomes available.

In the meantime, check out last year's conference, Transparency in the Global Food System: How Much Information and to What Ends?


This conference is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register now!

This event is cosponsored by the Harvard Food Law Lab and the UCLA School of Law Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, with support from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program, and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.