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Center for Law, Science and Innovation

The Center for Law, Science and Innovation (LSI) is an established leader in addressing the extraordinary legal and regulatory problems caused by the rapid developments in science and technology in today’s world. As the first and largest academic center focused on the intersection of law and science and technology, the Center’s mission is to use policy as an enabler of innovation for the betterment of society.

From robotics to genetics, neuroscience to nanotech, LSI’s innovative projects and programs constantly evolve to address challenging governance and policy questions through conferences and workshops, research projects, scholarship, expert consultations, and outreach activities in which our students also actively participate.

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The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law boasts an unusually large number of faculty members who recognize and explore the critical importance of the law’s relationship to advances in science and technology, many of whom have graduate training and continuing work in scientific and technical fields. The Center now includes over 40 Faculty fellows and a multitude of affiliates, researchers, partners, alumni, and students collaborating on LSI projects and initiatives, and offering more than 60 related courses. Across the board, the Center facilitates unique interdisciplinary study and dialogue among academics, policy-makers, professionals and industry, working to master anticipating challenges and offering creative solutions to the compelling contemporary legal questions surrounding scientific and technological progress.

Governance of Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies are rapidly transforming both the substance and practice of law in the United States. Every major company in this country is actively developing and applying one or more emerging technologies, such as genetics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, autonomous systems, robotics, the Internet of things, bitcoin, 3D printers, drones, mobile apps, and brain-machine interfaces. These developments raise novel legal issues with regard to regulation, liability, privacy, intellectual property, and individual rights. LSI’s programs are dedicated to training 21st century lawyers who will have the expertise and competitive advantage in managing the cutting-edge legal aspects of emerging technologies.

Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics

Since 2013, the GET program has hosted its annual conference every spring in Arizona. This distinctive event consists of presentations and discussions on the regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social, and ethical aspects of emerging technologies. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for various rapidly emerging new technologies. It is a truly interdisciplinary conference of scientists, lawyers, regulators, philosophers, ethicists, and more.

The sixth annual conference will take place on May 16-18, 2018 at the Beus Center for Law and Society in Phoenix, AZ Click here for more information

Governance of Emerging Technologies Conference 2017

Current projects and focus areas:

  • 3D Printers
  • Anti-Aging
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Big Data/Internet of Things
  • Bioethics
  • Biotechnology
  • Bitcoin
  • Drones
  • eDiscovery and Digital Evidence
  • Genetics and Epigenetics
  • Health Care Technologies
  • Human Enhancement
  • International Coordination
  • Military Technologies and National Security
Law, Science and Innovation Current projects and focus areas
Law, Science and Innovation Current projects and focus areas
Law, Science and Innovation Current projects and focus areas
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pacing Law with Science
  • Patenting Policy
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Precautionary Principle
  • Relationships and Technologies
  • Robotics
  • Soft Law/Standards
  • Sustainable Technologies
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Technology and Access to Justice
  • Technology and Privacy
  • Technological Unemployment
  • Toxicogenomics

Contact Us

For more information, contact LSI Director Lauren Burkhart at 480-965-2465.

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