Research Law

About Research Law

The "theory of everything" (TOE) is a hypothetical theory studied in theoretical physics that is intended to fully explain and link together all known physical phenomena. The Research Law certificate is similar to TOE in that it attempts to explain and link together all known issues of research administration. Legal issues arise throughout research, starting with intellectual property issues, continuing through contract and grant matters, and living on in post research licensing, "derivative works disputes," and post-clinical trial liability questions. The Research Law certificate is for both new research administrators who need a basic approach for recognizing the legal issues that they will face daily and for the more experienced administrator who works with general counsel and outside attorneys on a daily basis. Because there are so many legal issues in research, the curriculum is very broad and constantly changing to address new issues confronting scientists, research administrators and their attorneys.

The Research Law Certificate is being offered at the 2018 SRAI Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

Requirements

Research Law is comprised of one full-day workshop, four required sessions and one elective session. The required courses are listed below; the electives will vary meeting-to-meeting.

Required Workshop

Full-day workshop.

Introduction to Research Law

Content Level: All Levels

The 'theory of everything' (TOE) is a hypothetical theory studied in physics whose intent is to fully explain and link together all known physical phenomena. The Introduction to Research Law workshop is similar to TOE in that it attempts to explain and link together all known issues of research administration. Legal issues arise throughout research, starting with intellectual property issues, continuing through contract and grant matters, and living on in post research licensing, 'derivative works disputes,' and post-clinical trial liability questions. This workshop is for new research administrators who need a 'boot camp' approach to recognizing the legal issues that they will face daily.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the parties and players involved in common research activities and indicate their legal rights and responsibilities.
  2. Identify common issues that arise requiring the application of legal processes and procedures to research activities.

Prerequisites: None

Sessions

Five (5) concurrent sessions (must take one (1) session within each of the four(4) required categories; one (1) elective any category)

  1. Parties and Players
  2. Intellectual Property
  3. Contract and Grants
  4. Public Policy, Compliance and Ethics

Other Legal Issues

Elective only.

Sessions vary from meeting to meeting.