April 19, 2017 - Dr. Gary Marchant Speaks on Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Biotechnology & the Law

Emerging technologies, including advances in genetic medicine, biotechnology, nanotechnology, synthetic biology and neuroscience raise many important and controversial ethical and social issues. On Wednesday April 19, Dr. Gary Marchant of Arizona State University spoke at Georgetown Law on these issues. His lecture discussed the new window of opportunity to reject process-based biotechnology regulation, risk management principles for nanotechnology, and the law of neuroscience.  

In particular, his remarks focused on approaches to regulatory decision-making for emerging technologies -- an issue we study closely at Georgetown Law.

Gary Marchant, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.P., serves as the Regents’ Professor and Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law & Ethics, and Faculty Director of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (ASU). He also serves as a Professor at the School of Life Sciences and Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.

Professor Marchant’s research interests include the governance of emerging technologies, legal aspects of personalized medicine, use of genetic information in the legal system, legal aspects of risk assessment and risk management, and the application of science and technology in the legal system. Professor Marchant frequently lectures about the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences. He has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters on various issues relating to emerging technologies. Among other activities, he has served on five National Research Council committees, has been the principal investigator on several major grants, and has organized dozens of academic conferences and workshops on law and science issues.

Professor Marchant appeared as part of Georgetown Law's Legal Studies Colloquium on Edge Technologies, a course taught by Professor Laura Donahue that focuses on new and emerging technologies that are transforming how we think about the law. If you want to learn more about the class or see the readings from this week's lecture, please contact adz9@georgetown.edu

Dr. Gary Marchant

Dr. Gary Marchant