Harrison Institute for Public Law
- 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 –
- Adaptation – Enable cities to prepare for hotter summers, higher seas, and heavier downpours.
- Equity – Empower low-income communities in urban and rural areas to protect their homes and neighborhoods from climate impacts.
- Health and food team –
- Health Justice Alliance – Develop Washington, DC-based, policy for Georgetown University’s Health Justice Alliance.
- Health disparities – Meet urgent oral health needs of low-income children.
- School food – Reinvent a healthier food chain for school children.
- Human rights team –
- Procurement – Work with universities and governments to assess risk of human rights abuses; draft contract clauses.
- Transparency – Support a congressional strategy for implementation of the Transparency Act of 2006.
- Trade and environment team –
- Trade agreements & climate change – Analyze trade rules that apply to a carbon tax; assist US states with carbon pricing.
- Sustainable fisheries – Analyze US/EU approaches; promote transparency and human rights in seafood supply chains.