Past Symposia

Spring 2013

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The Hastings Law Journal Spring 2013 symposium, From Bench to Society: Law and Ethics at the Frontier of Genomic Technology, was held on Friday, February 8, 2013, on the campus of the University of California – Hastings College of the Law. The symposium was co-sponsored with the UCSF – UC Hastings Consortium.

Spring 2012

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The Hastings Law Journal‘s Spring 2012 Symposium tackled the shifting policy implications of new developments in neuroscience.

The symposium, cosponsored with Stanford University, took place over two days: February 10, 2012, at UC Hastings and Februrary 11, 2012, at Stanford University. A series of panels considered the legal and policy implications of new developments in neuroscience technology. The event unfolded along developmental lines, with the first panel discussing possible regulations over prenatal neurological development, continuing through discussions about custody and separation effects on childhood neurological development, and ending the first day considering adolescent brain development and possible changes to criminal law. The second day at Stanford featured panels regarding onset of dementia and determining mental competency and end-of-life decisions.

We had a great keynote speaker, Robert Sapolsky, a MacArthur Fellow, and we featured many more interesting neuroscience and legal thinkers. For those of you who could not attend, we have video of this highly topical, fascinating inquiry into where brain technology is leading our laws and our policies.