Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants

A Department of Environmental Health Sciences Seminar by Carl Cranor, PhD MSL

Thursday, November 15, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lecture Hall 43-105 CHS

About the Talk

The quickly advancing science of the developmental origins of disease has profound implications for the law and how we think about protecting our youngest citizens. I describe aspects of this recent science, outline existing laws that aim to protect children and the rest of us, and argue for premarket testing and review laws for all chemical substances. There is also considerable cognitive dissonance between how we treat subjects of medical testing and how we treat citizens by means of our chemical policies.

About the Speaker

Carl F. Cranor (Ph.D. UCLA, M.S.L., Yale Law School) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and member of the faculty of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program at the University of California, Riverside. For 25 years his research has focused on philosophic issues concerning risks, science and the law. He is the author of Regulating Toxic Substances: A Philosophy of Science and the Law (Oxford, 1993), Toxic Torts: Science, Law and the Possibility of Justice (Cambridge, 2006), and Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicant (Harvard, 2011) as well as co-author of Identifying and Regulating Carcinogens (U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, 1987), and Valuing Health: Cost Effectiveness Analysis for Regulation (Institute of Medicine, 2006). His research has been supported by substantial grants from the National Science Foundation, the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program, and other agencies.

He has served on science advisory panels (California’s Proposition 65 Panel, its Electric and Magnetic Fields Panel, its Nanotechnology Panel, and its Biomonitoring Scientific Guidance Panel) as well as on Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences Committees. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Collegium Ramazzini.