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

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Sutton: Introduction


June 2012





To the Readers,


       We  are pleased  to publish Volume  3  of the Journal for Biosecurity,
Biosafety and Biodefense  Law.   This volume  raises new and important legal
issues within the field of biosecurity, biosafety and biodefense law, both from a
practical as well as a theoretical perspective.
       I thank the anonymous   peer reviewers and Board  of Editors for their
steadfast dedication to this growing area of law and to the Journal. Sincere
thanks also goes  to our Student Executive  Board, Editor-in-Chief, Marshall
Meringola; Executive  Managing  Editor, Austin Franklin; Lead Articles Editor,
Gabriel Sustaita; and the Organizational Development Chair, Austin Carrizales,
who  each devoted themselves  to preparing articles for publication and day-to-
day  management   of Volume  3 of the Journal. Additionally, our outstanding
Board  of Student Associate Editors ensured that every detail of articles editing
was  skillfully executed to meet the deadlines for Volume 3. Finally, a special
thanks to Professor Brie Sherwin  who  has continued to serve the Journal as
Managing  Editor, and her contributions are vital to the Journal's success.
       The articles selected for Volume 3 address six subject-matter areas. The
lead article, Whistleblower and Liability Protections for Scientific Laboratory
Employees  by  Jarod Gonzalez  and Victoria Sutton, addresses a timely issue
involving the proposed  regulatory changes  to the biosafety and  biosecurity
regulations, 42 C.F.R. § 73, which were proposed on  October 3, 2011. These
changes  have the potential to impact the culture of biodefense research with
regard to personal assurances and obligations to act on co-workers behavior.
Following the lead article, the first group of articles addresses the importance of
establishing jurisdiction, and the challenges of determining proper jurisdiction
during  an international biosecurity incident. The  second group  of articles
addresses the  unique  area of Biocriminology,  as the  articles consider the
interaction between criminal laws and  the prosecution of biosecurity crimes.
The  third section provides an insightful article which examines biosecurity and
biosafety concerns that may arise at our nation's border. The fourth group of
articles looks at particular areas of science and medicine  that are largely
unregulated, which may  present an increased risk for biosecurity threats. The
fifth group of articles provides individual analyses of national and international


Published by De Gruyter, 2012


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