Welcome back to CharlotteLaw, dear students and faculty. Now that orientation is complete and the spring semester is in full swing, its time again… to take moment to shine the spotlight on one of the many legal periodicals Charlotte Law has to offer!
Is it science and technology that fascinates you? The SciTech Lawyer, a quarterly publication by the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law, provides information about current developments at the intersection of law, science, medicine, and technology.
The mission of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law is to provide leadership on emerging issues at the intersection of law, science, and technology, to promote sound policy and public understanding on such issues and to enhance the professional development of its members.
This Section is widely recognized and sought after as the premier global authority on science and technology law. The ABA, external organizations, and individuals routinely consult with the Section’s leaders for their expertise and insights. The Section is viewed by ABA, the media, policymakers, judges, scientists, and technologists as the authoritative voice on science and technology law.
Charlotte Law’s print collection for this title has issues tracing back to its first volume, published in 2004, all the way to the present. Not only does this journal feature articles on cutting edge controversies and events in the science and technology realm, but it also includes annual meeting session summaries and the B-Tech and E-Tech updates, quarterly columns with coverage of topics such as epigenetics and jailbreaking cellphones.
Here’s a selection of articles published in the latest issue, How the Earth Is Changing Environmental Law. Online versions are available to Section members.
Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon Incident
Industry is responding to the spill by accelerating the engineering, construction, and deployment of equipment designed to improve capabilities to contain a potential future underwater blowout, and the government is finalizing new response plan standards to greatly enhance the ability to respond to a blowout in the future.
By Jonathan K. Waldron
The Gulf Oil Spill: Social Versus Legal Obligations Facing BP
Our society faces the task of recouping the costs of the oil spill. One must recognize, however, that any such efforts involve losses to BP’s shareholders. Our sense of fairness tempts us to ignore the desires of shareholders when thinking about how to deal with this disaster, but the law is on their side.
By Dr. Jean Helwege
Breaking New Ground: Legal Responses to the Challenges of Modern Mining
Modern hardrock mining operations produce metals and minerals on a vastly larger scale than in the past. As the methods and scale of mining have evolved, governments have varied their attempts to adapt legal and regulatory systems. This article examines three case studies demonstrating how legal systems have responded to modern mining.
By Paul E. Bailey, Elizabeth McCullough, Kerry Schlichting, and Terry Unger
Climate Change Law: Standards to Quantify, Monitor, Report, and Verify
There are two primary mechanisms involved with how businesses and organizations, responding to mandatory or voluntary climate change requirements, can adopt standards to quantify, monitor, report, and verify their greenhouse gas emissions and reduction/removal activities. This article discusses the use of international standards and independent verification.
By Thomas Shaw
The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Addressing International Climate Change
Governments around the world are increasingly cognizant of the need to develop policies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. All parties must benefit for an effective solution to the climate change problem to come to fruition.
By Sherin M. Rashedi
Who Owns Your Genes? The Myriad Genetics’ Breast Cancer Gene Patent Dispute
On March 29, 2010, a court in the Southern District of New York invalidated certain patents issued to Myriad Genetics, Inc., relating to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes on the grounds that the genes were nonpatentable subject matter. This article describes the general background of the issues raised by this case, commonly referred to as Myriad Genetics.
By Angela Foster
Our latest issue is always on display in the popular journals area near reference and circulation and older issues are filed in the periodicals compact shelving. Link to our catalog record at http://catalog.fcsl.edu/record=b377610 to see detailed holdings information and feel free to peruse our periodicals collection if you’re interested in the older print issues. And as always, happy reading!!!
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