A Watershed Moment Revealing What’s at Stake: How Ag-Gag Statutes Could Impair Data Collection and Citizen Participation in Agency Rulemaking

In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. —George Orwell1 Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. —United View Complete Listing

Celebration of the Life of Professor Skye Donald

On October 23, 2016, the UCLA School of Law hosted a memorial to celebrate the life of Professor Skye Donald, whose battle with cancer ended on October 16, 2016.  Family, friends, colleagues, and students gathered to remember Professor Donald for the joy she brought to the world, and the lasting impression she will continue to View Complete Listing

PULSE Symposium 2016

Foreword - Imagining the Legal Landscape: Technology and the Law in 2030 Jennifer L. Mnookin & Richard M. Re Legal scholarship tends to focus on the past, the present, or the relatively visible, near-term future.  And that’s understandable: the challenges that loom many years away often aren’t susceptible to confident View Complete Listing

Environmental Law, Big Data, and the Torrent of Singularities

Abstract How will big data impact environmental law in the near future?  This Essay imagines one possible future for environmental law in 2030 that focuses on the implications of big data for the protection of public health from risks associated with pollution and industrial chemicals.  It assumes the perspective of an View Complete Listing

Policing Police Robots

Abstract Just as they will change healthcare, manufacturing, and the military, robots have the potential to produce big changes in policing.  We can expect that at least some robots used by the police in the future will be artificially intelligent machines capable of using legitimate coercive force against human beings.  Police View Complete Listing

Two Fables

Abstract This Article contains two imaginary stories about the future.  The first attempts to imagine what might happen if intellectual property law no longer prohibited copying and we were to live in a world entirely driven by data, algorithms, and metrics that monitor reading and discussion; in particular, it dwells on how View Complete Listing

Social Control of Technological Risks: The Dilemma of Knowledge and Control in Practice, and Ways to Surmount It

Abstract Effective management of societal risks from technological innovation requires two types of conditions: sufficient knowledge about the nature and severity of risks to identify preferred responses; and sufficient control capacity (legal, political, and managerial) to adopt and implement preferred responses.  While it has View Complete Listing

Glass Half Empty

Abstract This science-fiction legal Essay is set in the year 2030.  It anticipates the development and mass adoption of a device called the "Ruby" that records everything a person does.  By imagining how law and society would adjust to such a device, the Essay uncovers two surprising insights about public policy: first, policy View Complete Listing

Virtual Violence

Abstract Immersive virtual reality may change the way we interact with each other.  In the future, we may be technologically capable of experiencing every aspect of an interaction except its physiological consequences.  So what does this mean for interpersonal violence?  If virtual reality creates a strong sense of “presence,” View Complete Listing

The CRISPR Revolution: What Editing Human DNA Reveals About the Patent System’s DNA

Abstract Not since the invention that launched the entire biotech industry has a life science invention offered as much promise as the CRISPR technique for editing genes.  Gene editing techniques existed before CRISPR, but they were slow, inaccurate, and expensive.  The CRISPR invention is like moving from the manual View Complete Listing