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2 J. Biosecurity Biosafety & Biodefense L. 1 (2012)

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Sutton: Introduction


March  2012

To the Readers,

       We   are pleased to publish Volume   2, of the Journal for Biosecurity,
Biosafety and Biodefense Law.   This volume, like the first volume, continues to
raise new  and  important  legal issues in the emerging   field of biosecurity,
biosafety and biodefense law.
       I would like to first thank the peer reviewers and the Board of Editors for
their interest and dedication to this subject and to the Journal. Sincere thanks go
to our talented Student Editor-in-Chief, James Garrett, and his Student Executive
Managing  Editor, Marshall Meringola, who  forged new ground  for Volume  2 in
its management.  They  worked  through  the transition from Berkley Electronic
Press to De Gruyter, our new publisher, having completed the acquisition of the
Berkley Electronic Press e-journals last year. Our outstanding Board of Student
Associate Editors ensured that every detail of the editing and publication process
was  skillfully executed to meet our deadlines for Volume   2.  Professor Brie
Sherwin has continued with the Journal this year as the Managing Editor, and her
contributions to Volume 2 have been invaluable.
       Volume  2 also introduces a new section, Letters to the Editor, to which we
invite your letters for publication. The  comments   and letters that we have
received with regard to the articles in the Journal have often included interesting
perspectives that we believe would be of interest to readers of the Journal, and so
we have made  that attainable by adding this new section of the Journal.
       The  articles which were selected and comprise  Volume  2  address four
subject matter areas.  The  first group of articles addresses the challenge of
biosecurity, intelligence and legal constructs toward maintaining the rule of law.
The  second  group  of articles addresses the global threat to food and water
supplies and the legal and regulatory frameworks in comparative domestic laws
and  international law. The third group  of articles examines issues unique to
French  law and  French perspectives.  The  last group of articles looks at the
Biological Weapons  Convention from the rule of law perspective.
       The  first group  of articles leading this volume  addresses  the legal
challenges of global biosecurity and intelligence. Andy Hefferly begins with the
challenges of a biosecurity framework  in Afghanistan with his article entitled,
Endemic   Disease in Afghanistan:  How   an Improved   Biosecurity Framework
Could Alleviate the Threat to U.S. Troops. Jeff Mustin, in his article, BioIntel:
Leveraging  Information to Prevent Biological Weapons  Attacks, brings a policy
perspective to the legal and regulatory challenges of intelligence gathering in
biosecurity.  John  Shelton looks  at the civilian side of global  intelligence
gathering in his article entitled, International Health and Intelligence Gathering:


Published by De Gruyter, 2012


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