Professor Watnick, Professor and Chair of the Department of Law at the Zicklin School, is an expert on the regulation of toxic substances to protect human health. She has written most recently on litigation against Monsanto regarding RoundUp and allegations that the pesticide causes lymphoma, as well as government action under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. Her past work includes research on cosmetics law, organic foods, and laws regarding animal confinement and egg production, as well as on PCBs in the nation’s schools.
Watnick, V.J., “The Legal, Environmental and Ethical Effects of California’s 2018 Animal Protection Law,” Invited Scholars Symposium, “The Future of Food,” to appear in: University of Missouri Law School, The Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Tax Law Review (Forthcoming, 2022).
Watnick, V. J., The Roundup Controversy: Glyphosate Litigation, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and Lessons Going Forward, 30(1) New York University Environmental Law Review 1 (2022).
Watnick, V. J., The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act of 2016: Cancer, Industry Pressure and a Proactive Approach, 43(2) Harvard Environmental Law Review 373 (2019), pp. 373-414.
Watnick, V. J. “The Business and Ethics of Laying Hens: California’s Groundbreaking Law Goes Into Effect on Animal Confinement.” (ALSB Distinguished Proceedings Award Winner 2015 Annual Conference). 43(1) Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 45 (2016), pp. 45-78.
Watnick, V., The Missing Link: U.S. Regulation of Consumer Cosmetic Products to Protect Human Health and the Environment,” 31 Pace Environmental Law Review 595 (2014), pp. 595-650.
Watnick, V., “The Organic Foods Production Act, the Process/Product Distinction, and a Case for More End Product Regulation in the Organic Foods Market”. 32(1) UCLA School of Law Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, (2014), pp.40-79.
Watnick, V., “PCBs in Schools and Corporate Responsibility for Remediation: Yorktown Central School District v. Monsanto Company,” 33(2) University of California, Davis, Environs 233 (spring 2010), pp.233-273.
Watnick, V., “Pesticides and Children: Unwitting Participants in Experimentation,” symposium issue, by invitation only, 13 Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender 801 (2008), pp. 801-826.
Watnick, V., “Whistleblower Protections Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act: A Primer and a Critique,” 12(5) Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law 831 (2007), pp. 831-880 (lead article).
Watnick, V., “Our Toxics Regulatory System and Why Risk Assessment Does Not Work: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals As a Case In Point,” Utah Law Review 1305 (2004(4)), pp.1305-33.
Watnick, V., “The Electronic Formation of Contracts and The Common Law ‘Mailbox Rule,” 56(1) Baylor Law Review 175 (2004), pp. 175-203.
Watnick, V., “Federal Preemption of Tort Claims Under FIFRA: The Erosion of a Defense,” 36(2) University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 419 (2003), pp. 419-456.
Finalist for the Nancy Kubasek Award in Environmental Law for Best Environmental Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Annual Meeting, Summer 2021
Distinguished Proceedings Award for “The Business and Ethics of Laying Hens: California’s Groundbreaking Law Goes Into Effect.”, Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), Scholarship/Research, National. (August 2015).
Honored at Annual Conference with Distinguished Paper Proceedings Award, 2015
Recipient, Summer Research Award, Zicklin School of Business, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Zicklin School of Business Teaching Excellence Award, 2004
Zicklin Fellow in Law, 2000-2002