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A THIRTY-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE ON ROE V. WADE

Penn Law Professor Anita L. Allen, an expert on privacy law, offers her opinion on the faults of the Roe v. Wade decision.
Thirty years after Roe v. Wade, legal scholars, professors and advocates met last February to discuss the wide-ranging impact of the historic court decision on reproductive rights.

The two-day symposium, sponsored by the Journal of Constitutional Law, viewed the topic through the lens of feminism. Among the subjects covered were: bioethics issues related to embryo protection, family planning in other countries, and limits placed on pregnant women’s decision-making ability. One panel revisited the decision by offering opinions on what the U.S. Supreme Court ruling should have said.

Penn Law participants included Anita L. Allen, professor of law and philosophy; Kerry Abrams, a lecturer at the Law School; and Seth Kreimer, associate dean and professor of law.

 

SYMPOSIUM FOCUSES ON ENERGY AID TO EMERGING COUNTRIES

If money is the mother’s milk of politics, then energy is the currency of economic development. How to meld money, politics and policy into sustainable energy for emerging countries is the question. Some answers were provided at a law school symposium cosponsored in February by The University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law and the Institute for Law and Economics.

Participants discussed legal, financial, and technological approaches to encourage the use of renewable energy and stimulate economic growth in the developing world.

Interest and investment in new technologies for sustainable energy is growing steadily and will attract even more research and development capital in the future, said Nancy Floyd, co-founder and managing director of Nth Power, a venture capital firm that funds companies developing emerging technologies for sustainable development. As the industry goes from technology to product development, Floyd estimated the market for photovoltaic energy will increase from $3.5 billion in 2002 to $27 billion in 2012; from $5.5 billion in 2002 to $49 billion in 2012 for wind-driven technologies; and from half a billion dollars in 2002 to $12.5 billion in 2012 in the fuel cell sector. Public policy that favors clean, renewable energy will drive these investments, she said, adding that major corporations such as GE and Sharp Electronics already are investing heavily in sustainable energy.

Other speakers were Daniel Kammen, professor of public policy, professor in the Energy and Resources Group, and director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley; Larisa Dobriansky, deputy assistant secretary for National Energy Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs; Dominique Lallement, programme manager of the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme; Roger Raufer, advisor on environment and energy at the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and Steve Tessem, director of project development at Con Edison Development.

 
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