Deadline: September 09, 2016

Cristine Hutchison-Jones, Administrative Director, Petrie-Flom


Links Check out past student contributions to the JLB!

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School collaborates with Stanford and Duke Universities to publish the Journal of  Law and the Biosciences (Oxford University Press), an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal. JLB includes a Notes & Developments section, comprised of brief summaries and commentary on recent legislation, regulation, and case law written by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the collaborating schools. The Petrie-­Flom Center is responsible for providing the Notes & Developments for one issue per annual volume.

We are currently seeking Harvard graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from any school to contribute papers to be published in JLB’s Notes & Developments section in early 2017. We will consider papers generated specifically for JLB, as well as papers that have been (or will be) initially written as student notes or course papers and edited for this particular purpose. JLB Notes & Developments are limited to 5000 words, including footnotes and references, and should be on a topic of relevance to law and the biosciences, in particular a topic of relatively recent concern, controversy, or change. They should focus on describing the issue at hand, explaining why it is relevant to scholars, and providing analysis and questions for further consideration. For recent examples of submissions by Harvard contributors, check out the April 2016 issue of the JLB.

Interested students and fellows should submit either their paper proposal (2 page max) OR their completed paper (e.g. existing note, course paper) and CV for consideration no later than September 9, 2016 (earlier is welcome). Up to four papers will be selected for publication in the Notes & Developments section of JLB. Applicants will be notified by the end of September. First drafts of papers selected for JLB publication will be due by the end of October; contributors will receive comments on these drafts, and will also be responsible for providing comments to the other selected contributors. Revisions will be due by the end of November, and final submissions to JLB will be due by the end of December 2016. 

Please send all application materials by email to For further questions, contact Cristine Hutchison-Jones, Administrative Director,; 617-495-2316.

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