Faculty Notes Vern R. Walker, Professor of Law and Director of the Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology

Published on January 5, 2011 | by LawNews

Prof. Vern Walker Presents at Hofstra Law’s Donor Appreciation Dinner, Public Health Conference, to Present at International Conference in Italy; also Joins EJRR Advisory Board

Professor Vern Walker was invited to make a presentation at Hofstra Law School’s Donor Appreciation and Scholarship Dinner, held at Hofstra University on 11 November 2010. His presentation described the work of Hofstra Law School’s Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology.  Professor Walker made a presentation at the conference Public Health Challenges and Achievements: 1935-2010, held at Hofstra University on 4-5 November 2010. The conference was sponsored by the Hofstra University School of Education, Health and Human Services, in cooperation with the Hofstra University School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University. Professor Walker’s presentation was entitled “Public Health and the Rule of Law at Hofstra,” and it was part of a panel discussing “Hofstra’s Commitment to Improving the Public’s Health.”  Professor Walker was also invited to submit a paper and give a presentation at the Second International Conference on Quantitative Aspects of Justice and Fairness, to be held on 25-26 February 2011 in Fiesole, near Florence, Italy. The conference is hosted by the European University Institute. Professor Walker’s presentation is entitled “Empirically Quantifying Evidence Assessment in Legal Decisions.” The paper and presentation will report the baseline framework and results for the Vaccine/Injury Project at Hofstra Law School’s Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology (LLT Lab). The Project models the fact-finding reasoning in compensation decisions about whether a vaccination caused a particular adverse medical condition.
In addition, Professor Walker has joined the Advisory Board for the European Journal of Risk Regulation (EJRR), published by Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH in Berlin. EJRR provides a forum for informed discussion on how risks to individuals’ health and safety are regulated across policy domains in Europe. By focusing on both institutional and substantive aspects of EU risk regulation, the journal promotes a dialogue between risk assessors and risk managers who are involved, at both national and international levels, in this contentious and continuously evolving area of law. While the central focus of the journal is European law and policy regulating chemicals, nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, food and feed, cosmetics, industrial accidents, and public health in general, discussion also extends to other social sciences, such as regulation studies, risk analysis, safety science, political science and sociology.

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