Friday, June 25, 2010

Should Congress Create A “Court of Scientific Jurisdiction?”

science_court Seems like a good idea to me:

The improper bending of scientific opinion by outside influences has been a concern of scholars and commentators for decades. The interference of outside influences with scientific analysis pushed Arthur Kantrowitz in 1967 to propose a procedure for making scientific assessment by non-scientists more objective. The perception of increasing partisan influence in the mid-1970’s led to a vigorous public debate of the Kantrowitz proposal. A critical question of that debate is equally important for the current judicial system: how long will we tolerate the partisan exploitation of scientific uncertainty?

This Article reviews Kantrowitz’s proposal, analyzes its criticisms, and discusses how it ultimately failed to change scientific evaluation methodology. After assessing legal changes that have occurred since Kantrowitz’s proposal, this Article proposes Congress should create a centralized Court of Scientific Jurisdiction to handle complex science and technology cases.

Ultimately, this Article shows that by incorporating expertise into the judiciary, the Court of Scientific Jurisdiction could objectively assess scientific and technological evidence, resulting in more reliable, predictable, and scientifically valid outcomes, without sacrificing due process and fairness.

(via Legal Theory Blog)

1 comment:

thinking said...

It seems like a great idea, especially in light of the way that certain scientific issues are demagogued in popular debate and media.

But I can just hear some so called conservatives, those of the far right, who would oppose this just as they have opposed scientific truth on issues like climate change and evolution.

I can just hear Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin demagogue this idea if it ever got close to reality.