“Governance Of New Technologies: The Transformation Of Medicine, Information Technology And Intellectual Property”
An International Interdisciplinary Conference

March 29-31, 2009
University of Edinburgh


Those interested in presenting a paper at the “Governance of New Technologies” conference should email editors.scripted@ed.ac.uk. Authors should identify the conference title in the subject line of the email.

Abstracts should be attached to the email as a Word document. Abstracts should:

  • identify the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and the stream within which
  • the author believes the paper most appropriately falls;
  • specify their audio-visual requirements; and
  • contain a 300 word outline/summary of the paper.

We are accepting abstracts until 1st December 2008. Early submission is recommended as places are limited.


As part of its celebration of 5 years of success, SCRIPTed is pleased to host an international and interdisciplinary conference focusing on the governance of new and evolving technologies, and the consequences of these technologies for the law and for society more generally. Examples of such new technologies and practices – which are revolutionising the way we live, learn and interact, the way we deliver healthcare and other public services, the way we conduct business, and so on – include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • genomics and stem cell applications;
  • xeno-transplantation;
  • synthetic life;
  • nanotechnology;
  • artificial intelligence;
  • internet and digital information technologies;
  • e-commerce and m-commerce;
  • Web 2.0 applications and virtual worlds.

The conference will consider developments in, and governance and social implications of, these and other new technologies and practices within the context of three primary and overlapping streams, namely (1) medicine and healthcare, (2) information and communication technology, (3) and intellectual property.


Prof. Bartha Knoppers: University of Montreal, Canada
Prof. Dan Hunter: University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Francis Gurry: Director General World Intellectual Property Organization,

Please visit our conference website for information on the program and registration: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ahrc/conference09


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