March 20 Tuesday

Undue Burden in a Post-Truth World

12:05PM to 1:00PM

SLB 120

David Brown will discuss litigants’ and the courts’ application of the undue burden standard recently clarified by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstetedt, 136 S.Ct. 2292 (2016) in ongoing litigation against anti-abortion laws around the country.

March 21 Wednesday

Poynter Speaker: Fake news, Bogus Science, and Bad Math: A journalist's advice for cutting through BS

12:10PM to 1:00PM

Room 128

"Fake news" is all the rage nowadays, but it's an issue with a long history. Much of Charles Seife's career has been devoted to distinguishing real from fake -- real news from fake news, good science from bad, useful numbers from bogus ones. In this talk, he'll discuss some prominent cases of misconduct, fraud, and other forms of deception that he's encountered and describe tools that he uses to sniff them out.

March 27 Tuesday

Black-Box Medicine: Innovation and Regulation; Nicholson Price, University of Michigan Law School

12:10PM to 1:00PM

Room 129

Complex medical algorithms are increasingly important to modern medicine. As health data are collected in greater and greater amounts, sophisticated algorithms based on those data can drive medical innovation, improve the process of care, and increase efficiency. Those algorithms, however, vary widely in quality; some are accurate and powerful, while others may be riddled with error or based on faulty science. Complicating the picture, many powerful algorithms are based on machine-learning techniques that render their workings opaque.

March 28 Wednesday

Poynter Speaker: Jon Ronson, author, journalist

12:05PM to 1:00PM

Room 120

Jon Ronson’s nonfiction books So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats have all been international and/or New York Times bestsellers. The Psychopath Test spent nearly two years on the UK bestseller list. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

His most recent work is an Audible Original audio series, The Butterfly Effect. It was released in July 2017, went straight to Number One in the US and UK audiobook charts.

April 3 Tuesday

Killer Robots: Is Existing Law Sufficient? A Debate on How Best to Regulate Autonomous Weapons

12:10PM to 1:30PM

SLB - 128

Killer robots are no longer a distant future prospect. Autonomous defensive and offensive systems are already being used and developed by the United States, South Korea, Russia, Germany, and Israel, among others. But how should this new technology be regulated?

April 5 Thursday

Payson Wolff Talk: Michal Shur-Ofry

12:05PM to 1:00PM

HGS Room 119

Michal Shur-Ofry is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem law faculty, where she teaches several courses and seminars in the area of intellectual property law. She received her LL.B. (Magna cum Laude) and Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her LL.M. (Merit) from University College London, as a Chevening–Sainer scholar. Before joining the Hebrew University as a full-time law Professor, Michal was the head of the intellectual property practice in a prominent Israeli law

April 6 Friday

Political Economy of Technology Workshop

2:00PM to 5:15PM

SLB 124

A sense of crisis pervades both our political system and our economy. Populist and illiberal movements are fundamentally challenging core democratic commitments and practices. Rising inequality, and increasing concentrations of wealth, combined with racial, religious, and gender discrimination, give more and more people the sense that they are excluded and abandoned, even in the world’s wealthiest democracies.

April 10 Tuesday

Copyright Arbitrage, Kristelia Garcia '03, University of Colorado Law School

12:10PM to 1:00PM

Room 128

In addition to teaching trademark, property, and copyright-related courses, Professor García serves as Director of the Content Initiative at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Her research is focused on the intersection of law, technology, and economics, with a particular focus on efficiency, competition, private ordering, and distributive justice. Her work has been published in the New York University Law Review and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, among others.

April 17 Tuesday

Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, Paul Scharre

12:05PM to 1:00PM

Room 129

Militaries around the world are racing to build robotic systems with increasing autonomy. What happens when a Predator drone has as much autonomy as a Google car? Should machines be given the power to make life and death decisions in war? Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger and Pentagon official, will talk on his forthcoming book, Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War.

April 27 Friday

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC6)

3:10PM to 12:10PM

Yale Law School Room TBA

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression invites applications to participate in the sixth annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC). The conference will be held at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut from April 27–29, 2018. This is an invitation only event. At FESC, scholars and practitioners discuss works-in-progress on the freedoms of speech, expression, press, association, petition, and assembly as well as on related issues of knowledge and information policy.

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