Gary E. Marchant

Regents' Professor of Law
Professor of Law
Faculty Director and Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation
Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU

Gary Marchant’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Health Technologies and Innovation. He was named a Regents' Professor in 2011 and also is a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences, and is a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

Prior to joining the College faculty in 1999, Professor Marchant was a partner at the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis, where his practice focused on environmental and administrative law. During law school, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and was awarded the Fay Diploma (awarded to top graduating student at Harvard Law School).

Professor Marchant frequently lectures about the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences. He has authored more than 130 articles and book chapters on various issues relating to emerging technologies. Among other activities, he has served on four National Research Council committees, has been the principal investigator on several major grants, and has organized numerous academic conferences on law and science issues.

Selected Works

Gary E. Marchant , Kenneth W. Abbott , Braden Allenby, Innovative Governance Models for Emerging Technologies (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013).

The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem (Gary Marchant, Braden Allenby, & Joseph Herkert, eds., Springer 2011).

‘Soft Law' Mechanisms for Nanotechnology: Liability and Insurance Drivers, 17 J. Risk Research 709 (2014).

Complexity and Anticipatory Socio-Behavioral Assessment of Government Attempts to Induce Clean Technologies, 61 UCLA L. Rev. 1858 (2013-2014).

Gregory N. Mandel & Gary E. Marchant, The Living Regulatory Challenges of Synthetic Biology, 100 Iowa L. Rev. 155 (2014).

Kenneth W. Abbott & Gary E. Marchant, International Harmonization of Nanotechnology Governance Through "Soft Law" Approaches, 9 Nanotechnology L. & Bus. 393 (2013).

Rachel A. Lindor & Gary E. Marchant, Personalized Medicine and Genetic Malpractice, 15 Genetics in Med. 921 (2013).

The Case Against Mandatory Labeling of GM Food, 28 Natural Res. & Env't 11 (2013).


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Curriculum Vitae

B.Sc., University of British Columbia (1980)

Ph.D., Genetics, University of British Columbia (1986)

M.P.P., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1990)

J.D., Harvard Law School (1990)