Forms of Life at Legal Frontiers

What forms of life are cognizable by the law? How do questions of the human and non-human get parsed through the framing of legal regulation, ethics and practice? This panel explores the myriad life forms that emerge on legal frontiers. Legal frontiers mark those unsettled domains of law that, like geographic frontiers, abut settled spaces and settler logics, referencing established legal frameworks and probing their value in emergent contexts.  Panelists situate their work at the legal frontiers of genomics patent law, legalization of marijuana, and sexual assault sentencing.

We are looking for another participant or two to join the session.  If you’re interested, please send an abstract (up to 250 words) to panel organizers, Sameena Mulla ( and Jennifer Hamilton ( by Mon April 3, 2017.