Fall 2018

Bridging the Science-Law Divide

Authors
David Baltimore, David S. Tatel, and Anne-Marie Mazza
Abstract

Opportunities for members of the scientific and legal communities to engage in ongoing consideration of issues at the interface of science and law are limited. In the late 1990s, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine established the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL) – composed of equal numbers of members from science, engineering, and law – to provide a forum that would build links between these communities. David Baltimore, David S. Tatel, and Anne-Marie Mazza discuss the range of issues investigated by the CSTL and the influence of these explorations.

DAVID BALTIMORE, a Fellow of the American Academy since 1974, is President Emeritus and the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. He is Cochair of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. His recent publications include articles in the journals Blood, Journal of Immunotherapy, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

DAVID S. TATEL, a Fellow of the American Academy since 2015, is a Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is Cochair of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

ANNE-MARIE MAZZA is Senior Director of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee's recent publications include Dual Use Research of Concern in the Life Sciences: Current Issues and Controversies (2017), Making the Living World Engineerable: Science, Practice, and Policy (2016), Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research (2016), and Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward (2009).

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