Legal Perspectives on Synthetic Biology and Gene editing – University of Copenhagen

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Legal Perspectives on Synthetic Biology and Gene editing

Copenhagen Biotech & Pharma Forum at the Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR)
Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
20 November, 2017


Emerging technology in life science offers incredible opportunities and promising solutions to some of the most urgent challenges faced by humanity: climate change, environmental protection, growing population, renewable energy and improved health care. While scientific and technological progress has indeed been remarkable, the emerging applications raise outstanding ethical, legal and social questions.

This conference marks the final phase of the participation of the Copenhagen Biotech and Pharma Forum (CBPF) Research Group at the Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR) in the cross-faculty research project BioSYNergy. In accordance with the goals of this large cross-faculty project on Synthetic Biology, the event explores legal perspectives on synthetic biology, systems biology and gene editing. Dealing with the legal responses to ethical and scientific challenges raised by emerging life science technology.

Taking into account the newest scientific developments and challenges, invited speakers will debate the legal implications of bio-pharma innovation in synthetic biology and gene editing. The conference will explore interfaces between Law, Science, Ethics and Commercialization of Bio-pharma innovation, with a focus on:

  • Gene editing regulation and applications
  • IP and Innovation
  • Licensing and Collaboration
  • Ethics and Human Enhancement

For late Abstract Submissions (max 500 words) contact:

An edited volume based on the conference proceedings is being projected, selected speakers will be invited to contribute with a chapter (8,000-10,000 words incl. footnotes and bibliography).

Early expressions of interest or full paper submissions are most welcome.

Organizers: Assistant professor Ana Nordberg; Prof. Timo Minssen; Research Fellow Jakob Wested


*Final date to be announced.

The event is free to attend. Registration is mandatory. Please use this registration form no later than Thursday, 16 November 2017 at the latest.