Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Biolaw 2.0 Conference - Law at the Frontiers of Biology

On November 13th and 14th, 2008, Biolaw 2.0 - Law at the Frontiers of Biology will take place at the University of Kansas School of Law. As the 2.0 suggests, this is the second annual Biolaw Conference. The Biolaw Conference website can be found here.

Professor Lee Silver, world-famous geneticist and public policy scholar at Princeton University, will deliver the keynote address at 1:00 P.M. on November 13th at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. The day's proceedings will be broadcast on National Public Radio affiliate Kansas Public Radio. Professors Jim Chen (Dean, University of Louisville School of Law, and founder of Jurisdynamics), June Carbone (UMKC School of Law), Deven Desai (Thomas Jefferson School of Law), and I, Andrew Torrance (University of Kansas School of Law) will respond to Professor Silver's address, which is entitled The Clash of Biotechnology and Religion. Professor Peter Yu (Drake University School of Law) will conclude the first day of Biolaw 2.0 with his talk, A Mishmash of Two Transplants, which address the difficulties of applying intellectual property law from one country to other countries.

The second day of Biolaw 2.0 will feature talks on a variety of bleeding-edge biolegal subjects. Here is the schedule:

Deep Six – 8:00-9:00 am
Dean Jim Chen, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis.School of Law

GM Food and the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability – 9:00 -10:00 am
Professor Rebecca Bratspies, CUNY School of Law

Patents and Biotechnology – 10:15-11:15 am
Professor David Schwartz, John Marshall School of Law

Synthesizing a Legal Approach to Synthetic Biology — 11:15- 12:15
Professor Andrew Torrance, University of Kansas School of Law

Black Markets for Human Body Parts – 1:00-2:00 pm (Lunchtime Keynote Address)
Professor Michelle Goodwin, University of Minnesota Law School

Public Institutions Role in the Biomedical Research Commons – 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Professor Peter Lee, UC Davis School of Law

Legal Impediments to the Growth of Life Sciences in the Economy – 3:15 - 4:15 pm
Patrick Wooley and colleagues, Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus

Innovation Impeded? Human Gene Patents – 4:15 - 5:15 pm
Professor Chris Holman, UMKC School of Law

The Biolaw Conference is to promote progress in biolaw as a vital field of law. This year's conference has grown substantially from last year's inaugural event. Our intention is make the Biolaw Conference a permanent annual event that highlights the best in biolaw scholarship.

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