SCRIPT, the law and technology centre at the University of Edinburgh Law School, is the home of peer-reviewed journal SCRIPT-ed. I’ve joined the journal as an Associate Editor this year and encourage you to consider it for publishing your research – please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this. Right now, though, be aware that the deadline for the submission of proposals for the journal’s 2009 conference, which is also a celebration of SCRIPT-ed’s fifth anniversary. is fast approaching.

The theme of the conference is: Governance of New Technologies: the transformation of medicine, information technology and intellectual property. There are a number of focus subthemes, as follows:

  1. how to define the scope of and protect fundamental rights such as privacy and freedom of association in the techno-world;
  2. how to reconcile in the law conflicting moral positions around the use of human tissue in biotech innovation;
  3. how to engineer the international IP system to better reflect aspirations for global equality; and
  4. how to integrate intelligent technologies into existing social constructs and legal frameworks.

If you’d like to give a paper, submit your abstract by 15th November 2008. If you’d rather present by way of a poster (particularly encouraged for new scholars), please see this information and again, get your pitch in by 15th November.

The conference itself will take place in Edinburgh on March 29th to March 31st 2009. I have it on good authority that there will be a cèilidh at some stage.