The University of Dayton School of Law’s Intellectual Property Law Society and its Program in Law and Technology are hosting "Transnational Models for Regulation of Nanotechnology" on Tuesday, October 7, 2008.  The symposium is being sponsored by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP and The Hubert A. and Gladys C. Estabrook Charitable Trust, and features Dr. Gary Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University as Guest Speaker.   

The symposium will explore both the potential risks posed by nanotechnology and potential regulatory frameworks that law may impose.  It will also explore the various rationales for international regulation including the potential for cross-boundary harms, sharing of regulatory expertise and resources, controlling protectionism and trade conflicts, avoiding a "race to the bottom" in which governments seek economic advantage through lax regulation, and limiting the "nano divide" between North and South.  Finally, the symposium examines some models for international regulation and offers tentative thoughts on the prospects for each.

The symposium is one of the law school’s ongoing "Scholarly Symposia Series, Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law."  You can find a copy of the registration form for the event here.  Please be sure to attend.