Harrison Institute for Public Law
(Public Policy Clinic)
The Harrison Institute supports actors who shape and make public policy. Some of our clients are nonprofit coalitions that promote policy change at various levels – local, state, federal, and international. Others are decision-makers, primarily at the state level – legislators, attorneys general, regulatory agencies, and their national associations.
Policy teams. Students in the public policy clinic analyze law-making authority, identify options for changing policy, help clients plan their strategy, and draft documents based on client choices. Students work in four teams:
- Climate team – helps cities
and states adapt to hotter summers, higher seas, drought, and recurrent
- Food and health team – helps school districts purchase local and healthier food,
and it helps public health officials identify funds for high-quality services
for HIV/AIDS patients.
- Trade team– develops ways to assess and mitigate the adverse impact of
trade agreements on climate change, and it supports efforts to reform
Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).
- Human rights team – develops policies to help governments and institutions respect human rights and protect workers in their own supply chains.