Law and Contemporary Problems

A quarterly law journal publishing issues devoted to papers on a particular topic of contemporary interest. Topics usually reflect an interdisciplinary perspective with contributions by lawyers, economists, social scientists, scholars in other disciplines

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 3, Summer

Foreword: Sarbanes-Oxley for Science
I INTRODUCTION Science is built on the sharing of information. Scientists generate knowledge to explain the workings of the natural world, building on the information produced and shared by other scientists. Some scientists see this construction...
Open Secrets: The Widespread Availability of Information about the Health and Environmental Effects of Chemicals
INTRODUCTION The point of departure for this symposium (1) was the asserted conflict between (1) "the principles and practice of open science" and (2) "laws and policies that restrict access to results and ideas," whether for reasons of individual...
Public Health versus Court-Sponsored Secrecy
I INTRODUCTION Public health practice--the prevention of disease and injury and the protection of the population--relies on access to information. Legal practice treats information very differently: it is a weapon; has power and value, and it...
Scientific Secrecy and "Spin": The Sad, Sleazy Saga of the Trials of Remune
Science is, upon the whole, at present in a very healthy condition. It would not remain so if the motives of scientific men were lowered. The worst feature of the present state of things is that the great majority of the members of many scientific...
Sometimes the Silence Can Be like the Thunder: Access to Pharmaceutical Data at the FDA
I INTRODUCTION According to the advocates of greater corporate involvement in clinical science, the increasingly entwined relationship between corporations, academia and government is the very definition of a "win-win" situation. Corporations...
The People's Agent: Executive Branch Secrecy and Accountability in an Age of Terrorism
INTRODUCTION The increase in government secrecy is an important and troubling policy trend. Although the trend predates it, the movement toward government secrecy has accelerated dramatically since the 2000 presidential election. The Bush Administration...
Transparency and Innuendo: An Alternative to Reactive Over-Disclosure
INTRODUCTION Transparency has become the new watchword in public policy and political debates about pharmaceuticals. From medical journal editors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), stakeholders have called for increased transparency...
Transparency in Public Science: Purposes, Reasons, Limits
I INTRODUCTION Science and secrecy do not sit comfortably together. In technologically advanced democracies, it is almost an article of faith that openness is essential both for the advancement of science and for its beneficial interaction with...
Why We Need Global Standards for Corporate Disclosure
INTRODUCTION After two years of gradual revelations concerning undisclosed information on suicidal risks to children on antidepressants, a federal advisory committee in September 2004 recommended that such drugs be labeled to alert physicians and...