Emerging Technologies

Law and the legal system anticipate and also respond to evolutions in technology in ways that may enhance or inhibit development. This seminar examines these changes from an historical perspective, using the evolution of telecommunications technologies and regulations as a case study. It then examines current technological developments in sectors such as green energy, transportation, genetic engineering, and social networks in the context of disciplines from the lawyer's toolkit: intellectual property, business organization, contractual relationships, constitutional rights of individuals, and theories of liability. This seminar will emphasize how future lawyers can and should anticipate or envision future legal impacts—including legislation, litigation, and corporate governance—of emerging technologies. Each student will select a particular technology, describe what makes it emerging, and explain its anticipated legal impacts in a class presentation and seminar paper.
(added 11/08)

Course Information
Course #: LAW 601
Program: JD
Course Type: JD Seminar
Area of Study: Health Law, Policy and Bioethics, Technology Law
Credit Hours: Two credit hours.