Is There a Fourth Amendment Expectation of Privacy in Prescription Records? According to the Utah District Court, Maybe Not

By Leslie Francis, as originally posted on Harvard Law School’s Bill of Health blog. It might come as a surprise to many in the United States that they may have no Fourth Amendment reasonable expectation of privacy in their physicians’ records when their physicians transfer these records to state agencies under state public health laws. […]

A Cow Runs Through It: Reflections on 20+ Years as an Environmental Mediator

By Michele Straube for EDRblog.org.  I realized recently that my projects involved cows at the beginning, middle and end of my career, and a squishy stress toy named Consensus Cow has become my go-to mediation / facilitation tool in the past year.  A random coincidence, no doubt, but a good reason for Consensus Cow to […]

Breaking the Natural Resources Gridlock with Consensus Building

By Gina Bartlett for EDRblog.org. This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog Feb. 6, 2017. We are reposting it with Gina Bartlett’s permission. In California, where I live, rarely a week goes by when the headlines aren’t putting a magnifying glass on the climate shifts in the West and their impact on our […]

Faust Law Library closed Monday, May 29

By Melissa Bernstein for the Faust Library Blog – The Law Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.  The Reference Desk will be closing at noon on Friday, May 26.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts to the National Institutes of Health

By Alexis Juergens for BioLawToday.org. President Trump released his preliminary 2018 budget plan on March 15th. While the budget plan proposes decreased federal funding in several areas, one of the agency’s receiving a cut in their budget is the National Institute of Health (“NIH”). The budget proposes to reduce NIH funding by 18%; this equates […]

Reproductive rights and equality under challenge in the U.S.

By Leslie Francis, originally posted on OUPblog.  For the over 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade that people have a constitutionally protected interest in deciding whether or not to reproduce, reproductive rights have been a persistent flashpoint of controversy in the United States. The controversy has been characterized by more heat […]

Governing Digitally Integrated Genetic Resources

By Jorge Contreras for BiolawToday.org.  In a recent case, a French research institute agreed to share the benefits arising from a drug patent with an indigenous group in French Guinea. The French researchers had learned about the medicinal plant from members of the Kali’na, Palikur, and Creole communities, but failed to negotiate access and benefit sharing […]

New research explores impact of broadening CRISPR patents

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor Jorge Contreras in the journal Science proposes that universities currently holding CRISPR patents open their licenses to broader segments of the biopharma industry —a change that could potentially lead to important discoveries for human health and medicine.   “Because the potential for […]

Melinda Fagan on The Battle for CRISPR

By Justin R. Hamady for BiolawToday.org. On October 20th, the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, hosted guest speaker Melinda Fagan. Fagan holds the Sterling McMurrin Chair in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Utah and focuses her research on the philosophy of science, including explanation […]

E Pluribus Unum (out of many one)

This post originally appeared on Consensus Building Institute’s blog in October 13, 2016. We are reposting it with the Patrick Field’s permission. By Patrick Field for EDRblog.org. Consider editing a major planning document with 5 federal agencies, 3 agencies each in 6 states, 15 non-profit organizations, three to four layers each. That equals ninety commenters and […]