The vaccine court is a small special court in the Court of Federal Claims that handles controversial claims that a vaccine has harmed someone. In this court, lawyers, activists, judges, doctors, and scientists come together, sometimes arguing bitterly, to try to determine whether a vaccine really caused a person’s medical problem. (more)
Anna Kirkland is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science, University of Michigan. In this talk, Ms. Kirkland presents findings from her new book on the vaccine court. She focuses on the core question of her research, namely, how do we come to recognize vaccine injuries? She argues that our political and legal response to vaccine injury claims shows how legal institutions can handle specialized vaccine controversies in the contemporary U.S.
Sponsored by the Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College
The so-called vaccine court is a small special court in the United States Court of Federal Claims that handles controversial claims that a vaccine has harmed someone. While vaccines in general are extremely safe and effective, some people still suffer severe vaccine reactions and bring their claims to vaccine court.