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Hot Topics in Public Health Law: Food Marketing, Antibiotic Regulation, and Policy Surveillance

posted on Tue, Jul 15 2014 3:18 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

Tuesday, July 15 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. (ET) View/download the slides.

In October, the 2014 Public Health Law Conference will gather experts from across the country to examine and discuss some of today’s most pressing issues. Sessions at the conference will cover a wide range of critical, emerging topics in public health law. Three of those topics will be examined in this webinar.

Food marketing and childhood obesity: The food and beverage industry spends nearly $2 billion per year marketing mainly salty, sugary, fatty food to children and adolescents. What does the First Amendment have to do with government action on food marketing? Learn about legal and policy strategies to improve the food marketing environment.

Regulation of antibiotics: Antibiotics lose effectiveness over time due to evolutionary resistance. A post-antibiotic era would have significantly higher mortality from infectious diseases. Law can be a useful tool to prevent and reduce this threat, but in some cases legal rules actually promote resistance and hinder infection control. Explore how law can play a role in whether or not we experience a post-antibiotic era.

Policy surveillance: How do current laws and policies really impact public health? Policy surveillance creates legal data for evaluation, builds and supports workforce legal capacity, allows stakeholders to track progress, and supports diffusion of innovation in laws and policies. Learn about current work in several areas that is crucial to the practice of policy surveillance.


  • Donna Levin, J.D., National Director, Network for Public Health Law


  • Sabrina Adler, J.D., Staff Attorney at ChangeLab Solutions
  • Scott Burris, J.D., Director of Public Health Law Research
  • Kevin Outterson, J.D., LL.M. Professor of Health Law at Boston University School of Law

This webinar is free for all attendees. Attendees may qualify for CLE credits.

The Public Health Law Webinar Series is presented in partnership by the Network, Public Health Law Research and the American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics (ASLME)