Lady JusticeWho Are We?

Cumberland Law School’s Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics is a research center founded in December of 2003.  Professor David Smolin serves as director for the Center.  He is a nationally recognized expert in Bioethics/Biotechnology Issues, International Children's Issues, Reproductive Constitutional Issues and Religion and Law.  Under his leadership, two fellows and several researchers serve for one year terms.

Cumberland’s Center is the only one of its kind in the United States and approaches current bioethical issues through rigorous analysis, with reliable information, and from multiple perspectives.  In addition to research, the Center hosts an annual Symposium, which is typically co-sponsored by the Cumberland Law Review.

The Center maintains an office and library at the law school.

The 2010 Biotechnology, Law and Ethics Center Symposium


In China, approximately ten percent of females have disappeared from the population at birth in last generation alone. Similarly, about five percent of female are "missing" from India's population. Collectively, this indicates a loss of tens of millions of Chinese and Indian females which creates significant socioeconomic complications. The sex-ratio imbalances in China and India have grown worse despite successful economic development and pressures toward cultural modernization. Scholarship on "the missing girls" of China and India has been increasingly successful in documenting and identifying some of the most direct causes.  The purpose of this symposium is to gather and urge a group of the leading scholars to discuss remedies to the problem of missing girls.

2010 Symposium Brochure with Schedule and Participant information

Past Symposia for the Biotechnology, Law and Ethics Center

2009 Transportation Energy Policy in National and Global Perspective: a New Beginning?

Issues of supply, demand, price, security, nationalism, and environment permeate debates over formulating United States energy policy. Suggestions have included tax credits for renewable energy, taxing carbon-based energy, funding research, promoting and designing mass transit, renewable fuel standards, CAFÉ-fuel efficiency standards, and mandating the automobile industry to build energy efficient or alternative energy cars in exchange for financial support. This conference looked at transportation energy policies throughout the world for alternative perspectives.

Links to the conference brochure and speaker articles coming soon!

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