Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-01-30

Ethics and legal scholars will speak on "The Baby Market: The Future of High-Tech and Low-Tech Markets in Children" at a February 14 symposium sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law.

The day-long conference, which is free and open to the public, will address the present and future of the market for babies and children from a variety of ethical and legal perspectives.

Keynote speaker is Michele Goodwin, visiting professor at University of Chicago Law School, chair-elect of the American Association of Law Schools section on law and medicine, and a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.

Goodwin will speak on the topic "Prosecuting the Womb: Race and Reproduction," at 11 a.m. in the moot courtroom of Robinson law building.

A specialist in how property, tort and contract theories engage with the human body and shape judicial and legislative rule making, Goodwin is the author of Black Markets: The Supply & Demand of Body Parts, and a forthcoming book, Baby Markets. 

Goodwin is presented as this year's Thurgood Marshall speaker, an annual event of Black History Month.

Other speakers and topics are: California law professor and clinical professor of medicine Judith Daar, "Progress and Pitfalls in Emerging Reproductive Technologies"; University of Alabama at Birmingham philosophy professor and medical ethics specialist Greg Pense, "The Case for Non-Regulation"; and Cumberland professor and international children's issues specialist David M. Smolin, "Money, Markets and Intercountry Adoption." Smolin is director of the Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics.

A Danish public television documentary, "A Baby Business," with live commentary by Arun Dohle, will be shown. Dohle, an adult adoptee and specialist on adoption corruption issues in India, was a consultant on the documentary.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Cumberland Law Review and Cumberland's Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society, Women in Law, and Law, Science and Technology Society.

The program will begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. For information, contact Smolin at (205) 726-2418 or email: