2019-2020

Epidemiology and the Future of Tort Law

History of Science/Public Health/Epidemiology/Law/Probability Theory/Philosophy

This is an interdisciplinary project considering how tort law might be reconsidered to take into account the science of epidemiology. Should a plaintiff have to prove that this product caused her injury, even when the best evidence only shows that the product increases risk of injury? What is the appropriate remedy if proof of specific causation is not possible? A good fit would be a student who is able to research the history of epidemiology, a student who has an understanding of statistics and public health, or a student who is familiar with the philosophy of tort law to research the history of the idea of causation in tort.

I am especially interested in working with students interested in epidemiology and public health to complement my skill set in law.