SMU Science and Technology Law Review


The SMU Science & Technology Law Review is a journal produced semi-annually by the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law’s Science and Technology Law Review Association.

SMU Science and Technology Law Review is dedicated to exploring cutting-edge matters at the forefront of science and technology. Each issue features articles authored by leading Science and Technology scholars and practitioners that address key legal, economic, and political developments and issues within science and technology. Key topics highlighted in recent publications including the legal use and limits of hardware and software design, COVID-19 vaccine regulation and distribution, and various areas of intellectual property law.


Recent Articles in Volume 25, Number 2 (2022)

Distributed Governance of Medical AIEpistemology in Heterodox Economics?

By Bret N. Bogenschneider – The epistemology of Heterodox Economics has been described as a type of methodological pluralism where its relativism is taken as consistent with new versions of science. However, methodological pluralism has severe drawbacks as a means of inquiry. Whereas Economics is often understood in positivist terms as a closed set, Heterodox Economics includes additional concepts and methods. As an open set of ideas, Heterodox Economics is a means to doubt or to not-know and comprises Einfühlung or the creative intuition for the introduction of new ideas into the epistemology of Economics.

Selling Out for a Song: “Artist Abuse” and Saving Creatives from Servitude and Economic Disadvantage in the Entertainment Industry

By Rick G. Morris – Artists drive the entertainment industry with their creative work, and in some cases, there are protections for artists when it comes to their work, wealth, and autonomy. However, the area of contracts called “private law,” under which artists’ contracts fall, is lightly regulated in comparison to other employment agreements. Artists, often at the beginning of their careers, are signed to long-term contracts that take advantage of them and do not provide adequate compensation. Artists might be locked into contractual arrangements that they cannot free themselves from. Sometimes, they are directly cheated. And much of this comes from people they trust, including their managers, agents, and even family members and friends. Artists have complained publicly for years and have taken what actions they could to improve their situations. This article examines various forms of contractual “artist abuse” in the entertainment industry. [...]

Crypto-Litigation: An Empirical Overview for 2020–Present

By Moin A. Yahya & Nicole Pecharsky – This article is an empirical analysis of the past two years of litigation around crypto currencies and other crypto-assets. We collected data points, from nearly 300 cases, over the past two years and then classified them by the various litigated issues. This article provides a breakdown of these issues as well as the jurisdictions from where these cases come from. The discussion reviews a few notable cases to illustrate what kinds of disputes have been brought to the courts. As we move into a new round of litigation due to a recent drop in the prices of crypto currencies, we hope that past experiences will guide lawyers and the courts in navigating the next wave of crypto litigation.

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