Legal Perspectives on Synthetic Biology and Gene editing – University of Copenhagen

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Legal Perspectives on Synthetic Biology and Gene editing

Time:  20 November 2017, 09:00-16:00 

Place:  University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Southern Campus, Auditorium 4A-0-69, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.

Conference Theme:

Emerging technology in life science offers incredible opportunities and promising solutions to some of the most urgent challenges faced by humanity: climate change, environmental protection, growing population, renewable energy and improved health care. While scientific and technological progress has indeed been remarkable, the emerging applications raise outstanding ethical, legal and social questions.

This conference marks the final phase of the participation of the Copenhagen Biotech and Pharma Forum (CBPF) Research Group at the Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR) in the cross-faculty research project BioSYNergy. In accordance with the goals of this large cross-faculty project on Synthetic Biology, the event explores legal perspectives on synthetic biology, systems biology and gene editing. Dealing with the legal responses to ethical and scientific challenges raised by emerging life science technology.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Kathleen Liddell, (Director Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Cambridge)
  • Birger Lindberg Møller (Director Center for Syntethic Biology, University of Copenhagen)
  • Jacob S. Sherkow (New York Law School)
  • Oliver Feeney (National University of Ireland)  
  • Peter Gottschalk (Malmö University)
  • Linda Kahl (BioBricks Foundation)
  • John Liddicoat (Cambridge University)
  • Niclas Nilson (Leo Pharma)  
  • Katerina Sideri (Department of Economics, University of Crete)
  • Esther van Zimmeren (University of Antwerp)
  • Timo Minssen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Ana Nordberg (University of Copenhagen)
  • Jakob Wested (University of Copenhagen)
  • Myrisha Lewis (Howard University)
  • Dorota Krekora-Zając (University of Warsaw)

Biographies and Abstracts:

Legal Perspectives on Synthetic Biology and Gene editing - Biographies and Abstracts (pdf)


Please find the program for the conference here. (pdf)

Organizers: Assistant professor Ana Nordberg; Professor Timo Minssen; Research Fellow Jakob Wested

Call for papers:

Taking into account the newest scientific developments and challenges, invited speakers will debate the legal implications of bio-pharma innovation in synthetic biology and gene editing. The conference will explore interfaces between Law, Science, Ethics and Commercialization of Bio-pharma innovation, with a focus on:

  • Gene editing regulation and applications
  • IP and Innovation
  • Licensing and Collaboration
  • Ethics and Human Enhancement

Abstract Submissions contact:


The conference is free to attend, but registration is required. Please register using this  registration form.

Registration deadline: 18 November 2017 16:00.

All inquiries should be addressed to Assistant Professor Ana Nordberg, at