What are the possibilities of law in matters related to fundamental social and economic needs? This introductory course looks beyond judicial and other conflict resolution methods; it combines the legal approach with a policy perspective. The course considers highly legalistic welfare states as well as countries with limited economic and legal resources. It will also consider the impact of resource shortages due to ecological (global warming) and economic crisis on vulnerable populations. Areas covered include basic needs: health, food, water housing. The relevance of inequality an poverty to law will be discussed.