Don’t Miss GETS Early Bird Registration!

Discounted early bird registration for the Seventh Annual Conference on the Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science (GETS) is now open! Register today!

This unique and innovative conference addresses the ethical, legal, regulatory, and policy issues that surround the emergence of new technologies and scientific advances. Drawing on the combined expertise of leaders in academia, industry, and government, this conference focuses on finding governance solutions for rapidly changing technologies. 

The dual challenge of any governance system is to encourage research, investment, and development while guarding against potential risks to health, safety, environment, and society. We confront this challenge by creating a forum for radically cross-disciplinary discussion involving experts in law, engineering, science, business, medicine, ethics, and other fields.

Conference registration is open now! Discounted early bird price through April 30!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Looking Beyond Animal Testing: In Vitro and In Silico Modeling

Lung-on-a-chip by NIH-NCATSCC BY

For many decades, animal models have been the gold standard in scientific research. Successful outcomes do not start with human applications until they are tested on animals. But that is about to change, as methods to replace animal testing are being polished. Meaning that soon we may be able to eliminate the need for live subjects.

The In Vitro and In Silico Modeling workshop (March 28, 2019) draws together experts from academia and the industry to examine the efficacy, safety and applications of in vitro and computational models, the successes and challenges that have arose, as well as the applications for new models in cancer research, toxicology, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic testing.

Keynote Speaker: Thomas Hartung, MD. PhD

Professor and Doerenkamp-Zbinden Chair for Evidence-based Toxicology

Director, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Beus Center for Law and Society

111 East Taylor Street Phoenix, AZ 85004


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blockchain Speaker Series: Healthcare Applications

Providing healthcare services reliably and effectively requires a lot of information about patients. This especially so in the age of personalized medicine. Managing, sharing, and accessing medical records is a often a headache for healthcare providers. Blockchain technology may provide an answer. Hear from experts on the promise and challenges of incorporating blockchain in healthcare settings.

Moderator: Patricia Burnett, Attorney at Weiss Brown


Dr. David Hanekom, CEO of the Arizona Care Network
Heather Ross, Professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Melissa Soliz, Attorney at Coppersmith Brockelman

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Lunch Provided
Price: Give what you want
CLE Credit: 1 hour

Posted in Announcement, Governance of Emerging Technologies | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

DevilDocs Takes Round One of Hackathon at ASU Law

The Center for Law, Science and Innovation hosted the 2019 Global Legal Hackathon at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law on February 22-24. The event attracted law students, local attorneys, computer science students, coders, and other members of the community. These participants spent a weekend planing, designing, and coding tech solutions for the legal industry.

The hackathon featured a panel of expert judges:

Gary Marchant
Faculty Director, Center for Law, Science and Innovation
Dragan Boscovic
Director, ASU Blockchain Research Lab
Neil Proctor
VP of Engineering and R&D, Acronis
Peter Krehbiel
Associate, Snell & Wilmer, LLP

 Three teams presented new and innovative applications for lawyers, clients, and the public. Teams included:

morAlIty (Mani Kandan, Anay Gupta)

morAlIty uses AI to predict how justices will vote on a particular issue or issue area, given basic details (features of a case). morAlIty could be applied on a smaller scale in municipal, city, and county courts. This will enable individuals to make a proactive decision based on Morality’s odds for winning a case.

DevilDocs (AJ Gilman, Jay Carpenter, David McCarville, Chad Eylander)

Clients and attorneys are having trouble keeping track of and managing important documents. DevilDocs provides a solution using a decentralized way to distribute and manage encrypted documents.

Mirror World (Bill Mar)

Contracting and governance tools for agreements made in virtual reality.

Taking home the win… DevilDocs!

DevilDocs moves on to the second round of the Global Legal Hackathon, to be judged on March 25. If they move on to the final round, they will be invited to demonstrate their solution live in New York City. Wish them luck!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marchant on Soft Law and Artificial Intelligence

Faculty Director Gary Marchant recently wrote on approaches to the governance of artificial intelligence (AI) for UCLA School of Law’s new AI Pulse project. Marchant’s article, “Soft Law” Governance of Artificial Intelligence, takes a look at calls for traditional governmental regulation of AI, and where such an approach is unsuitable for AI technology and development.

Marchant instead proposes that Soft Law approaches have advantages over traditional governmental regulation and have been growing in popularity and application.

“Soft law are instruments that set substantive expectations that are not directly enforceable by government.  They can include private standards, voluntary programs, professional guidelines, codes of conduct, best practices, principles, public-private partnerships and certification programs.  Soft law can even include what Wendell Wallach and I refer to as “process soft law” approaches such as coding machine ethics into AI systems or creating oversight systems within a corporate Board of Directors.”

Marchant describes current soft law and AI efforts from the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Partnership on AI, and the Future of Life Institute, as well as efforts by specific companies. He then evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches and proposes the creation of a entity tasked with coordinating the work of different soft law organizations focused on AI – a Governance Coordinating Committee.

Posted in Governance of Emerging Technologies | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Smart Talk about Smart Cities: ABA Smart Cities Conference

The Center for Law, Science and Innovation and the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law hosted the first ABA Smart Cities Conference on Friday, February 22. Panelists and attendees took an in-depth look into the innovation and technology that is rapidly shaping our cities. Urban areas are using new technology to improve the environment and quality of life for residents while also increasing productivity and livability. This first-of-its-kind conference discussed the legal issues arising from artificial intelligence in urban areas, how sports facilities and other highly visited buildings are using smart technology to increase safety and engagement, the importance of cybersecurity in smart cities, and how major technology companies are helping cities deploy cutting-edge technologies.

ABA President Bob Carlson graciously started the conference off on a productive foot with opening remarks and Bill Gates, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, provided the keynote address. A full day of exciting panels included:

Smart Cities: What’s Happening Now  covering new technology trends that urban areas are implementing today. 

Smart Transportation and CleanTech  discussing the benefits and controversies around autonomous vehicle and environmental technology deployment. 

Smart Construction: Buildings, Stadiums, and Campuses  exploring new energy efficient and user friendly buildings that institutions like ASU and professional sports teams are building to increase engagement and convenience.

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity in Smart Cities  discussing privacy issues posed by the implementation of smart technology, security risks, and evolving legal requirements bearing on the collection and storage of data.

What Next (Planning Goals, AI, and Big Data)?  looking at the promise and pitfalls of smart technology and what they could mean for the future of cities.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blockchain Speaker Series: Smart Contracts, Real Estate, Supply Chain

The second in our 2019 Blockchain Speaker Series was a great success! The event focused on blockchain applications and policy in real estate, contracting, and supply chains. Ceci Shell (JD Candidate)  moderated the panel, which featured: Marcus R. Brown, Software Engineer and Technology Consultant, Sarah Richardson, CEO Principal/Designated Broker, Tru Realty, and Todd Taylor, Founder, ASU Blockchain Research Lab.

Don’t miss the next event in our Blockchain Speaker Series: Blockchain and Healthcare, taking place on March 20, 2019 at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. We will dive in to the challenges of providing reliable healthcare services and how blockchain technology aims to help solve some recurring issues.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment