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Invited Talks:

  • 2015 "A Quien le Pertenecemos? Ciencia, Innovacion y La Guerra de Patentes" En El Marco de las Jornadas Tematicas Sobre: Jurisprudencia Medica, Bioetica y Salud, Escuela Judicial del Instituto de la Judicatura del Consejo de la Juridicatura Federal, May 13.
  • 2015 "Conflicts of Interest: The Perils of Private-Public Partnerships� 16th Congreso de Investigacion en Salud Publica, Cuernavaca, Mexico, March 5.
  • 2014 "Nature vs. Artifact: the BRCA1&2 Example� Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genomica, UNAM, Mexico, D.F., Dec. 9.
  • 2014 "Principles and Principals: the H5N1 Case" 12th World Bioethics Congress, Mexico City, June 27.
  • 2014 Chair, Plenary Session, Bioethics and Public Policy, 12th World Bioethics Congress, Mexico City, June 27.
  • 2014 "Genes and Justice: New Developments" at UNAM, Instituto de Filosoficas. Mexico City, June 18.
  • 2013 "Monsanto vs. Farmer Bowman" CONABIO, Mexico City, Aug 22.
  • 2013 "Bioethics and Emerging Technologies," CONBIOETICA Bioethics Symposium, INMEGEN, Mexico City, Aug 20.
  • 2013 "Intellectual Property, Genes, and the Commons," Colegio de Bioetica, UNAM, Mexico City, Aug 5.
  • 2013 "Intellectual Property, Genes, and the Commons," CONBIOETICA, National Institute for Bioethics, Mexico City, July 18.
  • 2013 "Intellectual Property, Genes, and the Commons," INMEGEN, National Institute for Medical Genomics, Mexico City, June 28.
  • 2013 "Intellectual Property, Genes, and the Commons," CONABIO, National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, Mexico City, June 20.
  • 2013 "Justice as Validity in Adolf Reinach's Apriori Foundations of the Civil Law" North American Society for Early Phenomenology, Describing and Exploring Early Phenomenology conference, London, Ontario, Canada, June 12.
  • 2013 "Intellectual Property, Genes, and the Commons" UACM, Laboratorio Philosophico, UACM, Mexico City, Mexico, June 5.
  • 2013 "Internet Freedom, Copyright and Privacy Philosophy of Law Meets Philosophy of Technology" Philosophers' Reading Panel, Jan 25, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2012 "Security: whose responsibility?" at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory, University of Copenhagen, Oct 22.
  • 2012 "A bulwark at the border of science and technology in the age of dual use" Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark, Oct. 20.
  • 2012 "Nature, Genes, and the Commons" Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 27.
  • 2012 "Synthetic Biology and the Logic of Open Source," SYBHEL Workshop, NWO, Den Haag, Feb 6.
  • 2011 "Trust Me, I'm an Artist: Mutate or Die" ethics panel, Trust Me I�m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art/Science Collaboration� is led by artist Anna Dumitriu in collaboration with Professor Bobbie Farsides (Chair of Ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School) in collaboration with the Waag Society and The University of Leiden, De Waag, Amsterdam, Dec. 10.
  • 2011 "Ethics and Biosecurity" at GREIB 3d International Seminar on Biosecurity and the Law, Granada University School of Law, Oct. 27-28.
  • 2011 Just War Theory and Practice, Workshop, The Hague, NL. Principal organizer. Sept 26-28.
  • 2011 Second workshop, SYBHEL (Synthetic Biology for Human Health: Ethics and Law.), Bristol, UK, June 27-28.
  • 2011 "International Law and Legal Positivism," The Law of the Future Conference, Hague Institute for International Law, The Hague, NL, June 23-24.
  • 2011 "Non-proliferation regimes: unethical and risky" Society for Philosophy and Technology, Denton, TX May 26-29.
  • 2011 "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: moral emotions in bioethics" Moral Emotions and Intuitions Conference, The Hague, May 25.
  • 2011 "The Open Source Society and its Enemies," Florida Atlantic University, Philosophy Club, Jan. 20.
  • 2010 "Gene Patents: Science and Technology after Myriad" Biotechnological Engineering Student Association of the National Polytechnic Institute, 2nd Biotechnology Forum, Nov. 10 (via video).
  • 2010 "Teaching Biosecurity Through Basic Ethical Principles," Preparing for Social responsibility, International Workshop, Delft, NL, Oct. 13-25.
  • 2010 "Law of the Future: Scenario Building Workshop" invited participant, The Hague, Netherlands, Sept. 3.
  • 2010 "Report for the EU: Work Package One," Synth-Ethics, 3d Consortium Meeting, Padova, Italy. Aug 30.
  • 2010 "Abstract Technical Artifacts? Resolving Confusion about Ideas, Ex[pressions, Types, and Tokens," The First Dutch-German Workshop on CHallenges for the Philosophy of Technology in the 21st Century, TU-Berlin, Germany, Aug. 26-27.
  • 2010 "Gene Patents: Moving Beyond the Myriad Fallout," The Open Science Summit, Berkeley, CA July 29-31. (Click here for video, beginning at 27 min. mark)
  • 2010 "Towards an Ontology of Biomedical Ethics," International Workshop on Bio-Ontologies, Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS), Saarland University, Saarbrucken, Germany. June 28-29.
  • 2010 "The HIF - Does it Ignore Root Injustices?" Increasing Health, Reducing Poverty - The Ethics of Global Institutional Reform The Hague, NL. May 18.
  • 2010 "The Mystery of Intellectual Capital" NWO-MVI valorisation workshop (co-organizer, and speaker). Delft, NL. May 12.
  • 2009 "Revising Intellectual Property: Liberating Intellectual Capital," Innovation, Sustainability, and Development: A New Manifesto, The Hague, NL, Nov. 24
  • 2009 "Research Ethics Education and Biosecurity/Safety," International Working Group - Landau Network-Centro Volta, Workshop and Roundtable on Biosecurity, Biosafety and Dual Use Risks: Trends, Challenges and Innovative Solutions. Como, Italy, Nov. 13-14.
  • 2009 "On Patents and Innovation," Cardozo Law School, Intellectual Property Society, invited lecture, Oct. 26.
  • 2009 "The Ethical Case Against Intellectual Property," Cardozo Law School, Intellectual Property Society, invited lecture, Oct. 21.
  • 2009 COST Foresight 2030 - Living the Digital Revolution, invited workshop, Oct. 7-9.
  • 2009 "Synthetic Biology: Literature study -- ethical issues" SynthEthics Expert Workshop, Oct. 2-3.
  • 2009 "The Open Source Society and its Enemies," Humanities and Technology Association 33d annual conference -- Democracy, Technology, and Citizenship, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Sept. 25.
  • 2009 "Nanotechnology: touching the unseen world," British Science Festival, Guildford, UK, Sept. 5.
  • 2009 "A Study in Applied Ethics: The Human Genome as a Commons," IDEA League Summer School, Delft Univ. of Technology, Aug. 17.
  • 2009 "Nature vs. Artifacts: Issues of Ownership and Ethics in Synthetic Biology", Synthetic Biology Panel, Society, Philosophy and Technology Conf., Twente University, July 10.
  • 2009 "Who's on First? Authorship and Ethics" Workshop -- PROMOOD Platform for Ethics and Technology, TU Delft, June 11.
  • 2009 "Things in Themselves: Re-conceiving Classical Idea/Expression Distinctions for the Nano-age", Philosophers' Rally, Twente University, Enschede, NL. May 12-13.
  • 2009 Opponent, Licentiate Thesis: Marion Godman "Philosophical and Empirical Investigations in Nanoethics" KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. May 8.
  • 2009 "Some Regulatory Challenges of Synthetic Biology: Intellectual Property and Justice" invited presentation to the European Group on Ethics, Brussels, BE April 22.
  • 2009 "Not Hard or Soft, Just Wares: From Bits to Atoms," 3TU Research Day, Utrecht, NL, April 8.
  • 2009 "Conflicts of Interest: When Academic Science and Industry Collide" Management Trainee Luncheon talk, Delft University of Technology, NL. March 30.
  • 2009 "Who Owns You?" Philosophy Dept. Colloquium, Delft University of Technology, NL. March 30.
  • 2009 "Who Owns You? The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes" Univ. of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA. March 13.
  • 2009 "Author Meets Critic: Who Owns You? The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes," 18th Annual APPE Conference, Cincinnati, OH. March 6.
  • 2008 "On Genies and Bottles: Scientists' Moral Responsibility and Dangerous R&D," Tilting Perspectives Conference, Tilburg University, NL. Dec 10-11.
  • 2008 "Salami Science: On the Ethics of Publishing as Much As You Can" Workshop -- PROMOOD Platform for Ethics and Technology, TU Delft, Nov. 14.
  • 2008 "Back to Basics: How Technology and the Open Source Movement Can Save Science" Interdisciplines: Scientific Publications 3.0 Conference, C.N.R.S. Institut Nicod, Paris, France, Oct. 1.
  • 2008 "The Genome as a Commons" National Institutes of Health, Bioethics Dept., Jan. 9.
  • 2007 "An Outline for the Legal Ontology of Personhood: The Transbeman Example" Terasem's 3rd Annual Colloquium on the Law of Transbeman Persons, Melbourne, FL Dec. 10.
  • 2007 "Some Conclusions Regarding Rights to Genes" Princeton Bioethics Forum, Princeton University, Princeton NJ, Sept. 24.
  • 2007 "Grounding Bioethics: From Principles to Case Studies," The American Medical Association, Ethics Group, Chicago, IL, August 30.
  • 2007 “Rights to One's Own Genes: The Human Genome as a Commons,” Human Rights for the 21st Century Rights of the Person to Technological Self-Determination, IHEU- Appignani Humanist Center for Bioethics and Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, United Nations, NYC May 11-13
  • 2007 "Blasphemy and South Park," Ontario, Canada: Centre for Inquiry- Toronto, University of Guelph, and University of Waterloo, March 30-31
  • 2006 "The Obsolescence of Obsolescence: The Ethics of Life-Extension," Yale University, Perspectives of Aging Working Group, Dec. 13.
  • 2006 "Are there Rights to Your Own Genome?" Yale University, Information Society Project, Nov. 28
  • 2006 "Linking the Gene Ontology with Social Ontology: A Prolegomena to an Ontology of Personhood," Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2006), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md, Nov 9-12.
  • 2006 "Bioethical Concerns of War-Time Psychiatry," Yale University, Neuroethics Working Group, Oct. 24.
  • 2006 "Reintegrating Technology and Humanity," Yale University, Technology and Ethics Working Group, Sept. 27.
  • 2006 "Who Owns You? Preliminary Issues of Genomic Data Protection," Yale University, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Bioethics Workshop, Sept. 6.
  • 2006 "Critical Inquiry: Logic, Science, and Metaphysics," Center for Inquiry Summer Institute, July 12-Aug. 12.
  • 2006 "Now What, Confronting Our Power," Harvard Veritas Forum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 23.
  • 2006 "The Law and Ethics of Privacy in Psychiatric Research" SUNYAB Psychiatry Dept., Grand Rounds, Buffalo, NY, Feb 3.
  • 2006 "The Law and Unbelief," Atlanta Freethought Society, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 8.
  • 2006 "Secular Ethical Alternatives: Moral Apriorism," HUSBAY Lecture, Sarasota, FL, Jan. 4.
  • 2005 "Toward a New Enlightenment," Principal Coordinator/Panel Moderator. Amherst NY, SUNY Buffalo/Center for Inquiry, Oct 27-30.
  • 2005 "Civil Rights and Religious Dissent," Reflections on Rights Enforcement: Comparative Perspectives, University of Saskatchewan, Sept 22-24.
  • 2005 Moscow State University/CFI Summer School. "Critical Thinking," Aug-1-14
  • 2005 Center for Inquiry Summer Institute/SUNY Buffalo Undergraduate Honors, "Naturalist Epistemology: How Do We Know?" June 24-Aug 1.
  • 2005 "Attorney-Client Privilege and New Technologies: Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism," Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group (TEW) panel on Legal Access, Santa Monica, CA, June 1-2.
  • 2005 China Lecture Tour "An Agenda for the Future" and "What is Secular Humanism" in Beijing University, and Beijing Normal University, China Research Institute for Science Popularization,, Sichuan Normal University, Wuhan University, Hubei Association of Science and Technology, April 15-29.
  • 2005 "The American Historical Tradition of Humanist Democracy," How Will our Democracy Survive, Miami, Florida, Feb 11-13.
  • 2004 24th World Religions Conference, "Why Religion?", University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Oct 2.
  • 2004 Belief and Dissent Conference, "The Future of Secular Humanism", Cleveland, Ohio, Sept 25.
  • 2004 Moscow State University, CFI Summer session. Lectured on Naturalism and Critical Thinking, July 25-Aug. 7.
  • 2004 “Carl Menger’s Theory of Value: A Methodology for Ethical Inquiry,” SUNYAB Philosophy Dept. Faculty Colloquium Series, March 11.
  • 2004 “The USA Culture Wars” Skeptics in the Pub, London, UK, March 9.
  • 2004 “The Ontology of Cyberspace,” Tech. Talk, Reuters, London, UK March 9.
  • 2004 “The USA Culture Wars” South Place Ethical Society, London, UK, March 7.
  • 2004 “Is Preemptive War Moral” Foreign Policy Forum, panelist, Center for Inquiry, Amherst, March 3.
  • 2003 Mormon/Humanist Dialogue, Center for Inquiry, Amherst, NY. Oct 9.
  • 2003 “Reinach’s Moral Apriorism,” Center for Inquiry, Summer Institute, July 16.
  • 2003 “How Lawyers Can Benefit from Ontology”, Center for Law and Ontology, Turin University, Turin, Italy. April 23.
  • 2003 “Sovereigns, Squatters and Property Rights: From Guano Islands to the Moon,” The Mystery of Capital, and the Construction of Social Reality, SUNYAB, April 12-15.
  • 2001 “What Commercial Ontologists Do” FOIS Conference, Maine, USA, October 10.
  • 2001 Accounting for Social Objects, Knowledge Technologies 2001, Austin, TX., Mar. 4-7.
  • 2000 Legal Ontology, Social Objects, and the Mereology of Cyberspace, Erasmus Summer School on Social Ontology, Erasmus University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 9-13.
  • 1999 An Emerging Ontology of Jurisdiction in Cyberspace, Ethicomp, Rome, Italy, October 6-8.
  • 1999 Methodology in Legal Ontology, Faculty Workshop, SUNY at Buffalo School of Law, April 2.
  • 1999 The Internet and The Legal Profession: Ethical Considerations of Advertising on the Web, Erie County Bar Association, Amherst, New York, March 6.
  • 1998 A Symposium: An Ontology of Integrated Products The Microsoft/Netscape Browser Wars, The Center for Legal Ontology, Buffalo, New York, November 20.
  • 1998 Software and Intellectual Property: A Pilot Investigation in Applied Ontology - Interim Report The Center for Legal Ontology, Buffalo, New York, September 1.
  • 1998 What is Cyberspace?: Predicates to an Ethical Investigation. The Tangled Web Conference: Ethical Dilemmas of the Internet, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, August 7-9.
  • 1998 Claims Tools on the Internet, The Buffalo Claims Association, Education Day, May 14.
  • 1998 Co-director, Applied Ontology: A Marvin Farber Conference on Law and Institutions in Society. April 24-25, With Barry Smith.
  • 1997 The Metaphysics of Cyberspace The History of the Concepts of Space, sponsored by Department of Philosophy, Center for Cognitive Science, and the National Center for Geographic Information, State University of New York at Buffalo, April 19.
  • 1996 Computers and the Demise of Intellectual Property Center for Cognitive Science, Philosophy and Cognitive Science (Graduate Student Panel), Buffalo, New York, December 11.
  • 1996 Chair, Graduate Philosophy Association, 4th Annual Graduate Conference.
  • 1995 The Ontology of Cyberspace: Preliminary Questions (Spring), Tri-State Philosophical Association Conference, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, New York,, April 22.