Professor Vern R. Walker has developed an innovative course titled Administrative Health Law, and he offered it for the first time in the spring semester of 2009.
The course studies the administrative practice and procedure associated with decision-making by health care agencies, with particular emphasis on the capability of private parties to influence those decision-making processes. While the course addresses many of the major problems of administrative law (such as distinguishing the various types of rule making from formal and informal adjudication, and judicial deference to an agency’s interpretations of statutes and regulations), it does so entirely with health-law content, and with an emphasis on the statutes, structures, and policies of particular health-care agencies.
Professor Walker also team-taught, with Professor Giovanni Comandé of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy, a new series of modular courses in connection with the Hofstra international law program in Pisa, Italy, May 22-June 5, 2010.
The three related courses were Comparative Health Care Liability: Compensation for Medical Accidents; Comparative Health Care Regulation; and Technology-Based Analysis of Legal Reasoning.
The joint offering of these three interrelated courses was part of the ongoing cooperation between Hofstra Law School and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and of the ongoing collaboration between Hofstra Law’s Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology (LLT Lab) and Sant’Anna’s International and Comparative Law Research Laboratory (Lider Lab).