2014-2015 Student Fellowship Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Petrie-Flom Center, Deadline: May 19, 2014, 9:00am

The Center and Student Fellowship.  The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to the scholarly research of important issues at the intersection of law and health policy,…

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Everything You Need to Know about the Healthcare Contraception Mandate

Shape, March 17, 2014
Cristina Goyanes, interview with Holly Lynch (Petrie-Flom Executive Director)

[...] Starting March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing religious disputes over the contraception mandate, which requires employer health insurance coverage of contraceptive methods (without deductibles or co-pays). The main legal argument goes beyond the ethics of reproductive rights and…

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An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Law and Bioscience

OUP Blog, March 14, 2014

There are huge changes taking place in the world of biosciences, and whether it's new discoveries in stem cell research, new reproductive technologies, or genetics being used to make predictions about health and behavior, there are legal ramifications for everything. Journal of Law and Biosciences is…

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Academic Fellow W. Nicholson Price II Appointed Asst. Professor at UNH School of Law

Petrie-Flom Center, March 13, 2014

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Nicholson Price has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he will research…

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The First Issue of Journal of Law and Biosciences Is Now Available!

Petrie-Flom Center, February 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the first issue of Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is now available online. The articles are: Knoppers, Bartha M., Edward S. Dove, & Ma'n H. Zawati. "Towards…

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I. Glenn Cohen discusses proposed West Va. Ban on Abortions after 20 Weeks

Talkline, February 27, 2014

Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director I. Glenn Cohen recently appeared on West Virginia radio show "Talkline" to discuss the state's proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks. The proposed law is based on the theory of fetal pain.…

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Indian medicine, coming soon to an island near you

BMJ, February 25, 2014
Suzy Frisch, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] NH will open a hospital in the Cayman Islands in February in partnership with Ascension Health, the largest non-profit provider in the US. Shetty and David Pryor, president and CEO of Ascension Clinical Holdings, both emphasize that Health City Cayman Islands chiefly aims to serve Caribbean…

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Obama’s executive actions can backfire on Democrats if GOP takes the White House: Republican could dismantle his law

The Washington Times, February 16, 2014
Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] Although he is taking advantage of discretion built into the Affordable Care Act of 2010, those executive powers also would give “a future President Rand [Paul] or other ACA opponent room to throw a monkey wrench into the works and help try to dismantle the law from the inside,”…

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Will your clothing spy on you?: A scholar warns of the potential for wearable technology to annihilate privacy for good.

Fortune, February 13, 2014
David Whitford, on I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] Like it or not, we have entered the era of assumed ubiquitous snooping, and we have not begun to parse the implications. That was my takeaway from Cohen's lecture, "The Ethicist's and the Lawyer's New Clothes: The Law and Ethics of Smart Clothes," which will be available for free…

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Religious groups to back Obamacare contraceptive mandate: Face dilemma over freedom, government rules on women

Washington Post, February 4, 2014
Tom Howell, Jr. quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Petrie-Flom Executive Director)

[...] In its filing, the AJC said the case presents a rare instance in which they see a clash between religious liberty and the equal rights of women. They said the government’s mandate ultimately promotes women’s health “in the least restrictive means available.” …

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Too good to be true?: Obamacare's religious ministries exemption

NBC News, February 3, 2014
Zac Bissonnette, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] The ministries are not regulated for solvency, said I. Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics. "They can go bankrupt. If it gets too many claims and they can't pay them, [it's] 'too…

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Ethics and Ontology in Deep Brain Stimulation

Neuroscience, January 30, 2014
Michael J. Young (Petrie-Flom Student Fellow)

Rapid advancements in the fields of neurology and neuroscience over the past decade have enabled unprecedented progress toward the development of brain-modulating technologies and therapeutics. Central to these advancements are cross-disciplinary translational research efforts to engineer systems…

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The Ethicist’s and the Lawyer’s New Clothes: The Law and Ethics of Smart Clothes

Radcliffe Institute Science Lecture Series, 5:00pm
I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 5 PM Sheerr Room, Fay House 10 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138 From enhanced exosuits for members of the armed services to clothing that spies on you, this lecture will focus on legal and ethical issues pertaining to the future of smart clothes.

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Petrie-Flom Center Seeks Harvard Law School Student Interns for Winter/Spring 2014

Petrie-Flom Center

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is seeking student interns to start immediately and serve during the winter and spring terms beginning in January 2014. We may consider extension through Summer 2014 if there is mutual interest. …

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Legal Aspects of Biobanking as Key Issues for Personalized Medicine & Translational Exploitation

Timo Minssen (Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar) and Jens Schovsbo

Abstract: This perspective-article provides an overview on selected legal aspects of biobanking. It discusses these issues with a focus on public biobanks in a university setting and the specific challenges posed by personalized medicine (PM). We conclude that any decisions as…

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NEW BOOK: Science and Technology in International Economic Law: Balancing Competing Interests

Routledge, 2014
Bryan Mercurio and Kuei-Jung Ni (Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar), editors

Science and technology plays an increasingly important role in the continued development of international economic law. This book brings together well-known and rising scholars to explore the status and interaction of science, technology and international economic law. The book reviews the place of…

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Supreme Court Position on Obamacare Birth Control Mandate a Tough Call

Washington Times, December 25, 2013
Tom Howell, Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch

[...] "It also probably will not matter that three of the court’s justices - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan - are female, even if the case involves the coverage of contraceptive services that are used by women, said Holly Lynch, a health…

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Defining mental illnesses: can values and objectivity get along?

BMC Psychiatry 13:346, December 24, 2013
Dominic Sisti, Michael Young (PFC Student Fellow), and Arthur Caplan

Abstract Background The creation of each edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of psychiatry has proven enormously controversial. The current effort to revise the ‘bible’ of disorder definitions for the field of mental health is no exception. The controversy…

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Past sperm and egg donors split on losing anonymity

Reuters, December 21, 2013
Shereen Jegtvig, quoting I. Glenn Cohen

[...] The ethical considerations of egg and sperm donor anonymity are complicated, researchers said. "Those in favor of non-anonymity or mandatory identification rules tend to argue from the perspective of the rights of the child that's born and talk about the right to know your genetic…

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These Two Americans Want Babies Through Indian Surrogates.: It's Not Been Easy.

The New Republic, December 10, 2013
Jennifer Kirby, citing I. Glenn Cohen

[...] An estimated 2,000 foreign babies are born to Indian surrogates each year, according to research in the forthcoming book Patients With Passports: Medical Tourism, Ethics, and Law, by Harvard law professor I.…

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