This course is intended to introduce the students to the legislative, regulatory and judicial processes and how science is used during these activities. The course starts by describing the legislative process including the role of the Library of Congress in providing scientific advice to the House of Representatives and the Senate. Subsequently, the application of Administrative Procedures Act and other laws in promulgation of regulation is addressed including the role of the National academy of Sciences in providing scientific support to the executive branch. The course also includes a brief description of how courts decide scientific issues. An important part of the course is how relevant laws including Information quality Act and Freedom of Information Act are used.
Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016