Day  6. 1st of June

Theme 6. Alternative Medicine, Natural Remedies and the Law confronted with Technological Progress.

9.30. JOSEPH TANEGA, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Effective Cures to Modern Global Diseases

Joseph Tanega is a Professor of Law, VUB, Brussels Diplomatic Academy. He is the author of fifteen books. Apart from International Corporate Governance, he has a long term interest in scientific matters having published his first biochemical study at the age 16 to members NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, and CalTech as part of the young scientists award for the Western District of the United States of the National Science Foundation. He studied social anthropology at Oxford University. In 2018 -19, he researched the regulation of Chinese Traditional Medicine under the auspices of an EC initiative.  One of the major findings of his report was that Chinese Traditional Medicine is of a number of major sectors that the Chinese government will heavily support to 2030 expecting its growth to be in the double digits year-on-year throughout this period. His interest is in the interface of locating and identifying bilateral and translational symmetries between customary law and traditional ethno-medicine including “ethno-pharmacology” and even more broadly “ethno-biogeochemistry”.

10.15. SILVANA QUAGLINI, Professor, Department of Engineering, University of Pavia

Capable Project and John Fox Legacy

Professor in the Department of Engineering, University of Pavia, Her research interest is about decision support systems in medicine and more particularly on basic areas such as decision theory, clinical process. It concerns decision support systems in medicine and more specifically different basic areas such as decision theory, artificial intelligence, probabilistic systems, medical statistics.. The application areas include support systems for diagnosis, therapy and monitoring, economic evaluations based on analytical-decisional models, telemedicine and management systems within healthcare organizations. She is the author of about 250 publications internationally recognised.

JOHN FOX Legacy,

Professor John Fox, Oxford, cognitive scientist interested in human and artificial intelligence.  He worked on reasoning, decision-making and planning, and on sound, scientifically grounded design of technologies to carry out these tasks in complex domains. Medicine is a challenging field in which to study these problems; yielding novel insights for cognitive theory, and rigorous methods and versatile tools for engineering cognitive systems. An overview of his work and theoretical and practical perspectives is in “Cognitive systems at the point of care: the CREDO program”.

11.00. PETER HARRISON, Law School, University of York

Drug Discovery and Indigenous People’s Rights to Genetic Resources

Peter Harrison (Law School) the University of York, UK. Following a PhD in Pharmacology for work on mechanisms of brain cell death in hypoxia, an EU post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology at the CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, Paris, and qualification as a lawyer, he practiced law for 20 years with a particular interest in enforcing and exploiting intellectual property rights in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemicals sectors. He has litigated in high-profile patent cases in the English High Court and Court of Appeal, Trial and Appeal Divisions of the Federal Court of Canada, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Patent Office. Peter’s research focus is on the interface between intellectual property rights and biological innovation. On his return to academia, he received a PhD in Law for his work on the protection of indigenous peoples’ right to control genetic resources and related traditional knowledge.

12.00. Closing Lecture: FRANK PASQUALE, Author of The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information (Harvard University Press)

The Black Box Society

Frank Pasquale is an expert on the law of artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, and machine learning. Before coming to Brooklyn Law, he was Piper & Marbury Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, and Schering-Plough Professor of Health Care Regulation & Enforcement at Seton Hall University. He clerked for Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and was an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. Pasquale’s 2015 book, The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information (Harvard University Press), has been recognized as a landmark study in information law. It is cited in fields ranging from law and computer science to sociology and literature. Pasquale is an internationally recognized and prolific scholar whose work has addressed the regulation of technology in several contexts. His widely cited research has been featured in top law reviews, and he has advised business and government leaders in the healthcare, Internet, and finance sectors, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. House Judiciary and Energy & Commerce Committees, the Senate Banking Committee, the Federal Trade Commission, and directorates-general of the European Commission. He also has advised officials in Canada and the United Kingdom on law and technology policy. He served on the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society from 2014-16, and the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics from 2019-2021, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security.

13.00. Roundtable: Findings and Conclusions

15.15. Students’ participation.

15.45. Students’ Conclusions