Law & Science Seminar

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Emerging technologies present an intrinsic challenge as new discoveries frequently extend the beyond the reality anticipated by existing laws and regulations. The use of science in the courtroom or legislation (e.g., climate change) is often problematic as parties put forth competing claims as to what the law should regard as valid scientific evidence. Further, sometimes scientists view the law as a prior restraint to research and development (e.g, trial of Galileo, "Scopes monkey trial," ban on human cloning) and in other instances they may view it as driving innovation (patent laws, academic technology transfer policies). In summary, this seminar will examine the complicated relationship between law and science on both applied and philosophical grounds. Students are required to write and present a research paper relevant to this seminar as well as actively participate in classroom discussion.

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