LGP 990 (10) - Law Special Topics

LawSpcTop/Geo Indications Wine

Law   Franklin Pierce School of Law :: General Practice (LAW)
Credits: 1.0
Term: Summer 2023 - Law (05/22/2023 - 08/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   29  
CRN: 70848
Special topics courses explore emerging developments in the law or take advantage of special expertise provided by visitors and guest faculty. Courses offered under this title are approved by the Associate Dean and may be designated to meet skills or advanced writing requirements. Special topics classes may only satisfy elective credit and are available only to law students after their first year of study and graduate students by permission.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits.
Instructors: Megan Carpenter

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
7/22/2023 7/23/2023 SU 9:00am - 5:00pm OFFCMP TBD
Additional Course Details: 

Geographical Indications in the US: Wine in Napa and Sonoma 

Geographical indications (GIs) are place names that are used to identify products that come from a particular location, which has unique qualities that come from that region.  The term is often applied to wines and spirits, as well as cheeses and other agricultural products.  GIs can have a significant commercial value.  GIs have the strongest legal protection in Europe; the United States has a different (and less robust) system for GI protection.   


This course will explore the legal framework protecting GIs in the United States, with a particular focus on wines of Napa and Sonoma.  By the end of the course, students will understand the concept of GIs and terroir, and will explore how geography and climate, as well as weather and winemaking techniques, contribute to the overall product of wines.  Students will experience this firsthand on location and hear from wine experts and winemakers on these issues, with the opportunity for interaction and engagement.  Students will also understand the particular policy issues and differences between the US and other regions.