Past Conferences and Events

Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics

May 20-21, 2013

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Adolescent Brains and Juvenile Justice: New Insights from Neuroscience, Genetics and Addiction Science

May 12, 2011

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35th Annual Health Law Professors Conference

June 7-9, 2012
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Conference website


The Biggest Issues for the Smallest Stuff: Regulation and Risk Management of Nanotechnology

March 21, 2011

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Clearing the Air: Clean Air, Climate Change and Sustainability in Arizona

January 13-14, 2011
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

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"The White House Subcommittee on Forensic Science," a lecture with Judge Ron Reinstein, Maricopa County Superior Court (ret.), was sponsored by the Law & Science Student Association, on Nov. 16, 2010.

"Intellectual Property Rights in China," a lecture with Yu Cai, Associate, Polsinelli Shughart PC, was sponsored by the Law & Science Student Association, on Nov. 2, 2010.

"A Brief History of the Food and Drug Admnistration," a lecture with Peter Hutt, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP, and former Chief Counsel, FDA, was sponsored by the Law & Science Student Association, on Oct. 18, 2010.

"Technology, Privacy and the Law: Spiralling into a Surveillance Society," a lecture with Gary Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics and Executive Director of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, was sponsored by the Law & Science Student Association, on Oct. 5, 2010.

"Psychopathy, neuroscience and the law," a lecture with Professor Kent Kiehl of the University of New Mexico School of Psychology, and Director of Mobile Imaging Core and Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience at The Mind Research Network, was sponsored by the Law & Science Student Association, on Sept. 21, 2010.

"Stem Cells: Science and Society Today," a lecture with Regents' Professor Jane Maienschein of the ASU School of Life Sciences, was sponsored by the Law & Science Student Association, on Sept. 7, 2010.

Perspectives on Sustainability: Law, Science, Business, and the Humanities

April 15, 2010
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law



Personalized Medicine in the Clinic:  Policy, Legal, and Ethical Implications

March 8-9, 2010
Arizona Biltmore Resort
Phoenix, AZ


Nobel Laureate R.B. Laughlin
The Crime of Reason

November 5, 2009
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law



Hooked:  Legal and Ethical Implications of Recent Advances in Alcohol and Drug Addiction Research

April 10, 2009
Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse,
401 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Conference Website (includes conference presentations)


Forensic Science in the 21st Century:  The National Academy of Sciences and Beyond

April 3-4, 2009
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Conference Website (includes conference presentations)


The Law & Ethics of Brain Scanning:

Friday, April 13, 2007
Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse,
401 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Conference program (with links to presentations and MP3 audio files)


Personalized Medicine & Molecular Diagnostics

Friday, March 2, 2007
Great Hall, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Conference program (with links to presentations and MP3 audio files)


Nobel Laureate Paul Berg 2006 Hogan & Hartson Lecturer 

Wednesday, March 1, 4 p.m.
ASU College of Law, Great Hall

Paul Berg Lecture Audio Recording (MP3)

  Forbidding Science? Balancing Freedom, Security, Innovation, & Precaution

January 12-13, 2006

For Conference presentations and video, go the following links:

Forbidding Science Website


The Neuroscience and Criminal Responsibility Conference, April 29, 2005

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology with support from the U.S. District Court in Arizona, this conference examined the scientific, evidentiary, philosophical, and ethical implications of new or emerging scientific developments suggesting that genetic or other brain biological factors could influence criminal propensity and conduct.
The workshop, on April 29, 2005, at the College of Law at Arizona State University, was titled "Abnormal Brains and Criminal Responsibility: Implications of Neuroscience for Criminal Culpability and Sentencing."  Conference agenda

  The Sixth International Conference on Forensic Statistics, March 17-19, 2005

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology at the Arizona State University College of Law and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the conference examined forensic statistics or the application of statistics and probability to legal matters. This rapidly expanding and sometimes contentious field engages the attention of criminologists, economists, engineers, forensic scientists, geneticists, lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, statisticians, and survey researchers, among others.
The Sixth Conference brought together statisticians, lawyers, judges, forensic scientists, and individuals from many related disciplines to discuss the varied uses of statistics in legislative, administrative, and judicial proceedings. The conference addressed such areas as biometric identifiers, forensic science, DNA evidence, graphical structuring of evidence, epidemiological and toxicological evidence, discrimination and civil rights, and ways to enhance jury understanding of complex evidence. 
Conference website


Genetic Susceptibility to Environmental Toxins Workshop, January 13-14, 2005

The Genetic Susceptibility to Environmental Toxins Workshop took place on January 13-14, 2005 at the Sandra Day O'ConnorCollege of Law. The agenda (click below) outlines the event and provides links to some of the presentations given (click on the presentation name to open a PDF version of the presentation). Workshop agenda


Wildlife Water Development Workshop, November 3-4, 2004

An interagency sponsored “Wildlife Water Development Workshop” was held November 3-4, 2004, at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The workshop’s intent was to bring resource managers from federal, state, and local agencies, tribal governments, diverse interests groups, and the general public together to discuss the issue of wildlife water developments in the Southwest desert. There are differing philosophies and scientific data on water developments and their benefit to wildlife. This program provided a forum for discussion and brought forward the latest scientific information on wildlife water developments to assist in planning associated with management of wildlife waters. Conference Website


Conference on Law, Behavioral Biology, and Economics, November 17-18, 2000

The Center sponsored a conference on Law, Behavioral Biology, and Economics, co-sponsored by the Gruter Institute for Law and Human Behavior. The conference convened a small group of roughly 20 legal scholars, scientists and economists who are thinking and writing at the intersection of behavioral biology, law, economics, and the emerging field of behavioral economics; the purpose of the conference was to explore systematically just what comprises this intersection and what each discipline can contribute to the others, with the ultimate long-range goal of better understanding human nature and behavior, and better structuring society and its legal institutions and policies. The co-principal Investigators were Professor Owen Jones, Professor Larry Winer, Professor Dan Strouse and the Center director. Selected papers were published in 41 (3) Jurimetrics 287-384 (2001).


Program in Genetics and the Law, 1999-2001

The Center received a major grant from SmithKline Beecham Corporation (since merged with Glaxo Wellcome to form Glaxo SmithKline) to undertake research in law and genetics. At approximately $750,000 over the three-year project term, this grant was the largest award for research in the history of the College of Law. Dr. George Poste, the chief science and technology officer for SmithKline Beecham, was instrumental in arranging the grant.

The grant funded annual SmithKline Beecham Distinguished Research Fellowships in Genetics and the Law. The Fellows were in residence at the College of Law to undertake original research on a topic of their proposing. In addition, the grant separately funded an annual SmithKline Beecham/ASU Conference on Law, Science, and Technology, growing out of the work of the Research Fellows for that year. 

  • Fellowships  

  • Symposium 2001
    "Legal and Ethical Issues in Genetic Research on Indigenous Populations." The symposium joined two strengths of the College of Law, the Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology and the Indian Legal Program. Recent advances in genetic knowledge and applications arising from research initiatives (such as the Human Genome Diversity Project) have sparked concern within indigenous populations about such issues as: privacy, ownership of "genetic resources," research agendas inimical or indifferent to their interests, informed consent, potential for group stigmatization, group consent, etc. A productive interaction of academics, scientists and Native Americans concluded that some of these concerns can be ameliorated, at least in part, by improved research protocols, more effective implementation of the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and increased respect for group judgments about their identities and communal narratives.

  • Symposium 2000   
    "Legal Liabilities at the Frontier of Predictive Genetic Testing." The conference explored emerging liability issues in predictive genetic testing arising in the health care delivery setting, and in the assessment of environmental and toxic exposures. This timely topic grew out of the research interests of this year's resident Fellows, Michael Malinowski and Gary Marchant.  

  • Symposium 1999
    "Respecting Genetic Privacy." This program attracted a distinguished international group of invited scholars from the disciplines of law, medicine, human genetics, molecular biology, philosophy, economics, and sociology for two days of exploration of a wide range of privacy issues, in law and public policy, generated by new genetic technologies and the collection and retention of genetic data.


Colloquium on Biology and Sexual Aggression:
Investigating Theories, Data, and Implications for Law
, May 22-23, 1998

This colloquium was funded by a National Science Foundation grant and by matching funds from the College of Law. The co-principal investigators were Professor Owen Jones and the Center director; the Society for Evolutionary Analysis in Law joined as a co-sponsor of the program.

Recent scientific work has suggested the existence of evolutionary influences on human sexual aggression. Prompted by the academic specialty of Professor Jones, whose interest in law and evolved behavioral tendencies sparked the idea for the program, the Center organized and sponsored this Colloquium in an effort to explore the ways in which an evolutionary perspective on aggressive sexual behavior might hold promise for informing preventive legal strategies. The invitation-only colloquium drew an international group of some 34 primatologists, sociologists, psychologists, behavioral biologists, clinical researchers, and anthropologists, as well as legal scholars working in the law of sexual aggression or in law and science more generally. After reviewing materials in advance of the meeting that introduced the important concepts, the program faculty gathered for two days of presentations, panel discussions, small-group workshops, and plenary forums to examine the causes and meanings of sexual aggression, explore ways to synthesize knowledge from different disciplines, and consider how new insights into sexual aggression might improve law's effectiveness in preventing it. The product of the sessions is reflected in two special editions of Jurimetrics, containing novel interdisciplinary scholarship: 39(2) Jurimetrics 113-226 (1999), and 39(3) Jurimetrics 233-289 (1999).


Symposium on Environmental, Economic and Legal Issues Related to Rangeland Water Developments, November 13-15, 1997

This symposium was designed to assist resource managers and interested members of the public in addressing a recurring and critical environmental policy issue in the arid west: whether, where, and under what circumstances to construct rangeland water developments, either for the management of livestock or for wildlife. The program sought also to assess needs for future research related to rangeland water developments. The program was planned by a steering committee led by Professor of Law Joseph Feller, who contributed great expertise and energy to the enterprise; the Center director; and members of the state and federal environmental and land-management agencies who also served as co-sponsors of the program, including the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Arizona Wildlife Federation, the ASU School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, the Sierra Club (Grand Canyon Chapter), The Wildlife Society (Arizona Chapter), the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. It was funded by a combination of program revenues and contributions from some of the co-sponsoring agencies.

Working in a sensitive area at the intersection of law and science, where both economic and environmental claims are highly disputed, the Symposium sought to eschew politics and argument about policy preferences in the interest of enhancing the actual knowledge base pertaining to the installation and use of water developments. Toward that goal, the program stimulated original multidisciplinary research, in the form of invited and submitted papers, on a range of highly specific scientific, economic and legal questions underlying the central policy issue; those presenting papers included ASU faculty from several departments, agency personnel, and selected national experts. A comprehensive set of program proceedings, collecting all the papers given, was published by the Center. That set serves as an important guide to research and policymaking i n this area.

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Law and the Internet: Privacy, Jurisdiction and the Regulation of Free Expression, November 7-8, 1997

This program rather uniquely combined scholarship and service. It presented and published original scholarly research by l eading national legal experts who were recruited to the program, on three critical emerging areas of Internet law: privacy, jurisdiction, and free expression. Simultaneously it provided an educational and participatory forum for members of the bar, lawmakers, and the public. The program was co-sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, with additional funding from program revenues and corporate and law firm donors.

Presenters included Peter Salus, an early Internet scholar, who spoke on Internet technology; Frederick Schauer, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, addressed privacy; Robert M. O'Neil, University of Virginia Law School, and Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School, took different approaches to issues in the new technology's relationship to freedom of expression; and Martin Redish, Northwestern University School of Law, spoke on the Internet's impact on the law of jurisdiction. Participating ASU law faculty included Jim Weinstein (presenting on applicable free speech doctrine), Larry Winer, Jonathan Rose, and Michael Berch. Arizona attorneys, judges and legislators serving as commentators and panelists included Jack Brown, Mike Arkfeld, Susan Ross, Deanna Conn, Connie Mableson, Stuart Forsyth, Gail Thackeray, Hon. Fred Martone, Hon. Noel Fidel, and State Representative Mike Gardner. Advocates in a panel debate on free expression issues, prompted by the Supreme Court's decision in ACLU v. Reno striking down provisions of the Communications Decency Act, included Steve Shapiro of the New York ACLU, Patrick Trueman of the American Family Association, and Alan Sears of the Alliance Defense Fund.

The published scholarly products of the conference can be found in 38(4) Jurimetrics (Summer 1998), a special symposium issue dedicated to the conference. An article by then Center Director Daniel Strouse and Michael Arkfeld, "Technology and Law: Symposium on Law and the Internet," 34 Arizona Attorney 12 (Oct. 1997), gives further details.


Workshops on Law and Biology, Parts I & II, March 24-25, 1995 and May 31-June 1, 1996

These workshops were supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Over a period of two years, the Center director devoted considerable time and effort as a co-principal investigator under the grant, along with ASU colleagues Professor Jane Maienschein (then-chair of Philosophy, now director of the Biology and Society Program), who assumed primary responsibility for the project, and Professor James Collins (chair, Biology), both of whom also have affiliations with the Center. The scholarly product, co-written by the three co-P.I.s, appears in Jurimetrics, The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology. Both workshops were aimed at the exploration of issues arising from interactions between biology and law in democratic political systems.

Part I. Each of the co-P.I.s invited nationally known experts from the biological sciences, law, science studies, history, philosophy, and political science to attend the first workshop on March 24-25, 1995. The focus was on a benchmark question aimed at helping to advance NSF's research agenda in several areas in which NSF has been active: given conflicts and controversies within the biological sciences, and additional public conflicts about how to interpret the significance of the science, how can we adjudicate among competing claims within the scientific, legal, and political arenas? The workshop explored issues in three areas -- law and genetics, law and the environment, and science and society -- suitable for future interdisciplinary research. Several draft reports were circulated to the program faculty, which led to a second workshop in 1996.

Part II. The second workshop was held May 31-June 1, 1996, with a comparable (though different) roster of invited program faculty. Substantial time was dedicated to further exploration of themes raised at the first workshop, and to the generation of case studies that would capture the content of the perspectives and insights from both events. The three co-principal investigators, with assistance and commentary from program faculty, drafted a workshop report, published in booklet form for NSF's use, entitled Biology and Law: Challenges of Adjudicating Competing Claims in a Democracy. Subsequently, the co-P.I.'s further revised and edited the report for scholarly publication, under the same title, in 38(2) Jurimetrics 151-81 (1998). In addition, Professor Maienschein arranged for the presentation of salient findings of the project, and related matters, at a February 16, 1997 session of the meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Seattle, Washington, entitled Biology and Law: What Should


Workshop on Medical Futility, April 8, 1995

With a grant from The Flinn Foundation, this workshop brought together several nationally known experts in bioethics to explore the ethical and legal issues that arise when medical consumers (or their families) seek medical care that the health care providers believe is medically or ethically unwarranted due to the limited or non-existent benefits it is likely to confer on the patient under the circumstances. The goal was to help provide guidance to Arizona hospitals and health care practitioners about this emerging and problematic issue.

National experts presenting at the workshop included Ronald Cranford, M.D., neurologist and medical ethicist, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, and professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School; John Fletcher, Ph.D., director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia; and Christine Mitchell, R.M., M.S., M.T.S., hospital ethicist at Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, and ethics consultant at Massachusetts General Hospital and Deaconness Hospital. Each presenter addressed ethical and policy aspects of the futility debate. The Center director also gave a presentation addressing legal issues in medical futility. The conference attendees included nearly 100 health care personnel from hospital bioethics committees invited from around the state of Arizona.


Conference on Geographic Information Systems, October 28-30, 1994

The Center co-sponsored a program on Geographic Information Systems with the National Center for Geographic Information Analysis (NCGIA), a multi-university NSF-funded program that also supported the program. "Geographic Information Systems" (GIS) are electronic databases, increasingly utilized by state and local governments, containing information describing both government infrastructure and demographic characteristics of populations. The uses of this technology have generated a host of important and unsettled questions about access to such information, including the application of public records laws, proprietary interests in the data, and questions of personal privacy. The conference brought together approximately 170 specialists in GIS from around the country -- lawyers, government personnel, information specialists, consultants, and others -- to identify and explore these issues. The Center co-planned, co-sponsored, and hosted the program, working especially closely with Professor Harlan Onsrud, Chair of the Department of Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine, who spent the semester prior to the conference in residence at the ASU College of Law.

This program generated a series of published papers and mapped a legal research agenda for GIS. The Center co-edited these papers and published them in 35(4) Jurimetrics (Summer 1995), a special symposium issue. The Center received funding from the NCGIA to help meet expenses arising from its role in sponsoring the event.