The Litigation Revolution: Tobacco Liability and the Rise of the New Public Health

Wednesday, December 4, 2002 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Mondale Hall, Room 25, University of Minnesota Law School

The tobacco industry can no longer claim legal invincibility. Prof. Brandt argued that this is the result of critical changes in the science of tobacco's harms, generating a fundamental transformation in the meaning of smoking. Prof. Brandt considered the ethical issues at stake in adjudicating responsibility for the harms incurred by smoking. Finally, he assessed the future of liability as a strategy for reducing harms to the public's health. 

Balancing Public Health and the Patients' Rights: The Threat of Bioterrorism

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Mondale Hall, Room 25, University of Minnesota Law School

Is it possible to protect the public from threats of disaster – or even ordinary disease – without undermining the ethical and legal principles on which patient rights are based? Prof. Mariner explored the differences between medicine and public health and argue that uncritical endorsement of public health goals threatens patients' rights by ignoring fundamental values and legal principles.