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Upcoming Events

2018 Oct 19

Keynote Lecture by Martha Nussbaum


5:30pm to 7:00pm

Title: Working WIth and For Animals: Getting the Theoretical Framework Right

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department. She is an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School, and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She received her BA from...

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Latest News

Richard H. Fallon, Jr. Wins the Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize

August 17, 2018

Faculty Committee member Dick Fallon's new book, Law and Legitimacy in the Supreme Court (Harvard University Press, 2018), has won the Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize given by the Georgetown Center on the Constitution. The Cooley Prize was established last year to draw academic and public attention to a book that makes an important scholarly contribution to our understanding of the Constitution.

Georgetown Law will award the $50,000 prize to Professor Fallon on April 11, 2019. The evening event will feature the inaugural Thomas M. Cooley Judicial Lecture,...

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For the Record

‘For the Record’ is a feature where our Fellows-in-Residence and Graduate Fellows have a chance to present their research ideas informally, reflect on their experience at the Center, or report on Center events.

This month's For the Record comes from Fellow-in-Residence Ari Schick, this year’s Tel Aviv University Exchange Fellow. Ari’s work focuses on speculative bioethics and the governance of emerging technologies.

Brain Death at Fifty and the Next Fifty Years of Public Bioethics Discourse
by Ari Schick

One aspect of my research examines how bioethics discourse has developed in relation to particular technologies and technological imaginaries, and more broadly, the past and continuing role of bioethics in addressing issues of broad public concern. One such issue, brain death, was recently the subject of the annual conference organized by Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics, which I had the opportunity to attend. 

The occasion for the conference’s theme was the 50th anniversary of the influential report, “A Definition of Irreversible Coma,” published in 1968 by the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to Examine the Definition of Brain Death. Under the leadership of Henry Beecher, the Committee was organized in response to the new phenomenon of patients being kept on mechanical ventilators without signs of neurological functioning. Read more

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