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De-Extinction: Ethics, Law & Politics


May 31, 2013 8:00am - 5:00pm

Room 290

What if extinction is not forever? Recent work by biologists, conservationists, and other pioneers has made it increasingly likely that some once extinct species could, in the near future, be "revived." While much of the recent popular attention has focused on the mechanics of bring back once extinct species, ethical, legal, and social concerns about the practice have come to the fore. The Center for Law and the Biosciences on May 31, 2013, hosted scientists, lawyers, and ethicists from across the world to discuss the implications about this fascinating development in humanity's ability to control life.

This event was co-sponsored by the U.C. Irvine Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources.

Video Recordings

Welcome and Introduction  (Hank Greely) / Science (Beth Shapiro)

Environmental Law and Related Issues

  • International plus US GMO (Andrew Torrance)
  • US federal (Alex Camacho)
  • State fish and wildlife (Chuck Bonham)                

Other Legal Issues

  • Animal Welfare (Matthew Liebman)
  • Liability Issues (Dan Farber)
  • Property issues (Jake Sherkow)

Lunch with Stewart Brand

De-Extinction and Conservation Biology  

  • Conservation Uses of De-Extinction (Stanley A. Temple)
  • Conservation Biology and Priorities (Kate Jones)
  • Politics of De-Extinction (Jamie Rappaport Clark)

Justice, Hubris, and Moral Issues

  • Justice (Hilary Bok)
  • Hubris and Naturalness (Jay Odenbaugh)
  • Species Ethics (Ronald Sandler)

Speakers Included:

Hilary Bok, Johns Hopkins

Chuck Bonham, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Stewart Brand, The Long Now Foundation

Alex Camacho, University of California at Irvine Law School

Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife

Daniel Farber, University of California, Berkeley

Hank Greely, Stanford Law School

Kate Jones, University College London

Matthew Liebman, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Jay Odenbaugh, Lewis and Clark College

Ronald Sandler, Northeastern University

Beth Shapiro, University of California at Santa Cruz

Jake Sherkow, Stanford Law School

Stanley Temple, University of Wisconson - Madison

Andrew Torrance, University of Kansas Law School