Although law and science have interacted for centuries, today their interactions pose enormous challenges. These challenges are reflected in issues ranging from reproductive technology and resource conservation, to genetic technology and biological warfare. The emerging dialogue is complex and requires an ongoing re-thinking of general principles, such as expert biological evidence, which features in a wide range of legal contexts, and including medical law, torts, crime and intellectual property. Studying the many ways in which law and biology come together in many areas of contemporary life, The Nexus of Law and Biology: New Ethical Challenges explores the juridical uses of biological sciences to illuminate key issues and contemporary intersections, arguing that each of several disciplines must communicate with one another, recognizing a common ground in ethics. Featuring an impressive list of contributors, this book is an invaluable reference for legal scholars, students, practising lawyers and scientists engaged with the legal system.
Contents: Foreword, Michael Kirby; Preface, Barbara Ann Hocking and Joseph Henry Vogel; The perils of terminology and the 'saviour sibling' dilemma, Barbara Ann Hocking and Eva Ryrstedt; I sing of arms and the doctor: what role for law when biology is called to war?, Piero P. Giorgi, Scott Guy and Barbara Ann Hocking; Indigenous peoples and genetic population research: reflections on a culturally appropriate model of indigenous participant consent, Helena Kajlich; The SARS epidemic in Hong Kong 2003: interplay of law, medicine and ethics, Edwin Hui; A proposal based on 'the tragedy of the commons': a museum of bioprospecting, intellectual property rights, and the public domain, Joseph Henry Vogel; Law, ethics and wildlife disease: an Australian perspective, Hamish McCallum; Environmental risk, environmental liability and the regulation of biotechnology: mediating law and biology?, Christopher Rodgers; Legitimizing regulatory decision-making about genetically modified organisms under the Gene Technology Act 2000 (Cth), Charles Lawson and Richard Hindmarsh; The Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights: bioethics, a civilising Utopia in the age of globalisation?, Christian Byk; Conclusion: shuffling the law and biology iPod, Barbara Ann Hocking and Joseph Henry Vogel; Index.