Legal Issues Around Vaccines from Lawsuits to Mandates with Professor Dorit Reiss, PhD

Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss’ undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science is from the Faculty of Law in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Increasingly, her research and activities are focused on legal and policy issues related to vaccines. She writes about school mandate, policy responses to non-vaccinating, tort issues and administrative issues related to vaccines. She is a member of the Vaccine Working Group on Ethics and Policy.

We discuss a lot of the legal arguments made by the antivaccine community, like the Vaccine Injury Compensation program, why the SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t actually apply and why it should. She also teaches us about mandates, exemptions and why the EUA status makes for dicey legal territory for a SAR-CoV-2 vaccine mandate. As someone who has been targeted and threatened by the antivaccine community, she also gives a lawyer’s perspective on responding to those threats. Given that she got into vaccines because of her children, it was fitting that they made a brief appearance.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Reiss clerked for a year and a half in the Israeli Ministry of Justice’s Department of Public Law, working on a variety of constitutional and administrative law issues. She received her Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program in UC Berkeley, writing her dissertation on accountability in the liberalized telecommunications and electricity sectors in England, France and Sweden.  Professor Reiss’ initial research examined accountability of agencies at the state, national and international level, with agencies studied including the CPUC, the FAA, and other agencies in the United States and Europe.

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