Core Programs


Program on Governance of Emerging Technologies

Exploring innovative governance models for emerging technologies transforming our world

Emerging technologies – including biotechnology, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, and robotics – are rapidly altering all aspects of our lives and society. The Program on Governance of Emerging Technologies seeks to identify, analyze, and recommend innovative approaches that can ensure the benefits while managing the risks and impacts of emerging technologies.

Program on Personalized Medicine, Law & Policy

Exploring legal, policy, and ethical challenges in the transition to genetic- and molecular-based medicine

The Program on Personalized Medicine, Law & Policy is the nation's first law-school program on personalized medicine that fosters the study of personalized medicine through the collaborative, multidisciplinary evaluation of critical issues at the intersection of law, science, and policy.

Public Health Law and Policy Program

Exploring critical issues at the intersection of law, ethics, policy, and the public's health

Advancing the public’s health implicates an array of legal, ethical, and policy concerns that impact the lives and well-being of individuals and communities. The Public Health Law and Policy Program brings together scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, students, and others to produce applied and scholarly analyses on legal and ethical issues affecting the public’s health.

Program on Law and Sustainability

Policy Innovation for a Sustainable Future

Scientific innovation has long been instrumental in promoting environmental sustainability, but policy innovation has an equally vital role to play in the sustainability movement. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the Program on Law and Sustainability seeks to accelerate the development and dissemination of legal ideas and constructs capable of furthering sustainability goals. Through cutting-edge faculty research, world-class instruction, meaningful student opportunities, and an extraordinary annual conference, the Program is committed to helping address the world’s pressing environmental sustainability challenges.

Program on Information & Communications Technology

Connecting law and policy to light-speed innovation in the digital age

Digital and mobile technologies are reshaping our lives and redefining fundamental notions of privacy, security, intellectual property, commerce, and many other aspects of modern life. The Program on Information and Communications Technology explores these issues through collaborative research projects and conferences with leading scholars, innovators, policy-makers, and technology experts.

Neuroscience and Law

Examining the wide range of issues in law and policy being affected by fast-evolving neuroscience technologies.

This program addresses the implications for law in the fast developing field of neuroscience, focusing on core legal issues involved in decision making, behavior and responsibility. Among other areas, it explores the significant challenges by neuroscience developments to criminal law, tort law, contract law, and constitutional law.