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Just Food?:

Just Food?:
Forum on Justice in the Food System

March 28 - 29, 2015
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

A conference exploring the intersections between social, economic, and environmental justice in the food system.

Just Food? will explore the legal, policy, health, and environmental aspects of modern domestic and international food systems, wi...

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Does Brain Difference Affect Legal and Moral Responsibility?

Does Brain Difference Affect Legal and Moral Responsibility?

March 30, 2015 4:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Armenise Building D, Amphitheater
Harvard Medical School, 210 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA

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Brains create behavior. Yet we hold people, not brains, morally and legally responsible for their actions. Under what conditions could - or should - brain disorder affect the ways in which we assign moral and legal responsibility to a person? 

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REGISTER NOW! King v. Burwell and the Future of the Affordable Care Act

REGISTER NOW! King v. Burwell and the Future of the Affordable Care Act

April 1, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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This Term, in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Affordable Care Act permits the government to extend tax-credit subsidies to citizens of states that have chosen not to establish their own insurance exchange. If the Co...

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Health Law Workshop: Rachel Sachs

Health Law Workshop: Rachel Sachs

April 13, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Presentation Title: "Prescription Drug Reimbursement as Innovation Incentive"

Rachel Sachs is an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center. She earned her J.D. in 2013 magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was the A...

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FDA’s Impact on Pharmaceutical Innovation:

FDA’s Impact on Pharmaceutical Innovation:
A lecture by Neil Flanzraich

April 14, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, 110
Harvard Law School, 1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Please join us for a lecture by Neil Flanzraich, Chairman and CEO of Cantex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., discussing the balance between speed and safety in FDA’s regulation of pharmaceutical products.  Topics will include how FDA’s approa...

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After Hobby Lobby:

After Hobby Lobby:
What Is Caesar's, What Is God's?

May 7, 2015 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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Pre-Conference Session

As prelude to the 2015 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference, “Law, Religion, and Health in America,” please join us for a pre-conference session examining the role of religion in the American public sphere. O...

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AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: 2015 Annual Conference

AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: 2015 Annual Conference
Law, Religion, and Health in America

May 8 - 9, 2015
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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Registration is now available online!

Conference Description

Religion and medicine have historically gone hand in hand, but increasingly have come into conflict in the U.S. as health care has become both more secular and more heavily regulated. &n...

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Law and Moral Enhancement:

Law and Moral Enhancement:
A lecture by Julian Savulescu

October 20, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2015-2016

Julian Savulescu is Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Director of The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and Director of The Institute for Science and Ethics, The Oxford Martin School. His&...

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Past

Families Matter:

Families Matter:
Ethically, Legally, and Clinically

March 18 - 20, 2015
Conferences
2014-2015
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Program

We often talk, in bioethics, about individual autonomy. Yet our most challenging ethical, legal and clinical controversies in health care often center around family roles and responsibilities: How should we handle parents’ refusa...

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Gender (Re)assignment:

Gender (Re)assignment:
Legal, Ethical, and Conceptual Issues

March 9, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Pound Hall, 102
Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

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Trans and intersex individuals face a series of legal, medical, and social challenges. This panel engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of these overlapping issues,...

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Health Law Workshop: Nadia Sawicki

Health Law Workshop: Nadia Sawicki

March 9, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Download the Presentation: "Modernizing Informed Consent: Expanding the Boundaries of Materiality"

Nadia A. Sawicki is Associate Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Prof. Sawicki’s research interests include the...

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The Policeman at the Elbow:

The Policeman at the Elbow:
The Neuroscience of Addiction, Self-Control, and Criminal Responsibility

March 4, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, 3019
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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Do criminal penalties have any deterrent effect on drug addicts - people who already are willing to throw away their jobs, relationships, or even lives for their "fix"?  What does brain scienc...

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Health Law Workshop: Robert Truog

Health Law Workshop: Robert Truog

March 2, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Download the Presentation: "Defining Death: Getting It Wrong for All the Right Reasons"

Robert D. Truog is Professor of Medical Ethics, Anaesthesiology & Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine...

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Harvard Food+ Research Symposium

Harvard Food+ Research Symposium

February 27, 2015 12:30 - 4:30 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Geological and Mineralogical Museum, University Museum Room 100
Harvard University, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is pleased to announce the first Harvard Research Symposium on the Nexus of Food, Agriculture, Environment, Health, and Society (or as we call it, the Food+ Symposium). The Symposium wi...

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Measles, Vaccines, and Protecting Public Health

Measles, Vaccines, and Protecting Public Health

February 25, 2015 4:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 1010
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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For more on this event, check out the write-ups in the Harvard Gazette (February 27, 2015) and the Harvard Crimson (February 26, 2015)!

The measles outbreak centered around Disneyland in Cali...

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Health Law Workshop: Amy Kapczynski

Health Law Workshop: Amy Kapczynski

February 23, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Professor Kapczynski's presentation, "Order Without Intellectual Property Law:  The Flu Network as a Case Study in Open Science," is available upon request. Please contact Jennifer Minnich (jminnich@law.harvard.edu) if you would like a copy.

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A Dialogue on Agency, Responsibility, and the Brain

A Dialogue on Agency, Responsibility, and the Brain
with Stephen Morse

February 12, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, 3019
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Professor Stephen J. Morse, JD, PhD, former MacArthur Foundation Law & Neuroscience Project, discussed how – or whether – new knowledge about the brain is changing legal c...

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Re-envisioning Pain:

Re-envisioning Pain:
How Breakthroughs on the Science of Suffering Could Revolutionize Legal Understanding and Outcomes

February 5, 2015 6:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

Registration is required for this event. Please register here.

On Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center of Harvard Medical School, the CLBB Pain & Suffering working group will present a symposium ad...

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A Right to Health?:

A Right to Health?:
A lecture by John Tasioulas

February 5, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, 3019
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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There have been recent calls to establish a framework convention on health grounded in the human right to health. But is there really a human right to health? If there is, what does it entitle...

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A “Natural” Experiment:

A “Natural” Experiment:
Consumer Confusion and Food Claims, a lecture by Efthimios Parasidis

January 29, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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Video of the lecture and following discussion is available online.

What makes food "natural"? Do consumers understand "natural" claims on food labels? In the absence of robust federal guidelines, are state laws or class action lawsuits appropriate...

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Outbreak: Developing New Medical Products for Epidemics,

Outbreak: Developing New Medical Products for Epidemics,
A lecture by Peter Hutt

January 15, 2015 12:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Hauser Hall 102
1575 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

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Video of the lecture and following discussion are available online.

The recent outbreak of Ebola has called attention to the substantial difficulties associated with developing and testing new products for time-sensitive epidemics. What are the leg...

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Petrie-Flom Reception at 2014 PRIM&R Annual Conference

Petrie-Flom Reception at 2014 PRIM&R Annual Conference

December 5, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Hilton Baltimore, Calloway Room
401 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School will host a welcome reception at PRIM&R's 2014 Advancing Ethical Research Conference as a gathering place for scho...

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Law and Ethics of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

Law and Ethics of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

November 6, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 3018
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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The Petrie-Flom Center hosted a discussion of the issues surrounding noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), a screening method for detecting certain specific chromosomal abnormalities, as well as sex, in utero.  NIPT may help mothers avoid other...

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