Tim Lytton

Timothy Lytton Applies Interdisciplinary Expertise to Teaching 

Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law Timothy D. Lytton has a longstanding interest in the public policy implications of tort litigation. He’ll expand that interest by teaching Administrative Law, Torts, Products Liability and Legislation & Statutory Interpretation at Georgia State Law.

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Lytton is one of two Second Century Initiative hires at the College of Law for the interdisciplinary cluster of four new faculty around the research theme of advancing the scientific regulation of tobacco. The college is partnering with Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the School of Public Health for this cluster.

Lytton gained expertise in this area by exploring case studies of contemporary issues including clergy sexual abuse and gun violence. His book Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse explores how private lawsuits shape public policy.

His research examines health and safety regulations, with a particular focus on food policy. He is writing Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Evolving Food Safety System, a book about the complex interaction of government regulation, industry supply-chain management and tort liability in the U.S. food safety system. His research also explores food policy in the areas of obesity, nutrition labeling and school food.

Lytton will continue to research how the U.S. regulatory system works and looks forward to collaborating with students and faculty across the university on interdisciplinary research.

“Georgia State Law offers extraordinary opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary research across the university in regulatory science, public health policy and risk management,” he said.

Lytton previously taught at Albany Law School as the Albert & Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law. He has been a fellow in the Harvard Program on Ethics and the Professions, as well as the Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

He also helped develop conflict resolution programs in Nicaragua after the civil war and spent two years in yeshiva in Jerusalem studying Talmud.