Science and Law in the Federal Government: Issues and Challenges

Science and Law in the Federal Government: Issues and Challenges

Professor Eric Lander
Spring 2018 reading group
T 5:00pm - 7:00pm
1 classroom credit

Prerequisite: None

Exam: None

This reading group will explore the interface of science and technology with law and public policy in the United States, including the work of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology during the past administration. Topics covered may range from gene patenting; access to medical records; forensic science; synthetic biology; the regulation of hearing aids; partisan gerrymandering; allocation of the radio spectrum for communications; and big data and privacy. Course material will be drawn from scientific articles, legal documents (cases, statutes, regulations and articles), government reports, and news articles.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/27, and 4/10.

Subject Areas: Health Law, Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment, Legal & Political Theory, Government Structure & Function, Criminal Law & Procedure, Constitutional Law & Civil Rights