Gary Marchant

  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Regents' Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Executive Director and Faculty Fellow, Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Innovation

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
PO Box 877907
Tempe, AZ 85287-7907


Professor Marchant's research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. Professor Marchant has served on two National Research Council committees, has been the principal investigator on several major grants, and has organized numerous academic conferences on law and science issues.


biotechnology; legal aspects of personalized medicine; nanotechnology; neuroscience; regulation of emerging technologies; risk and the precautionary principle; use of genetic information in environmental regulation; privacy; health law and policy; food policy; environmental policy; energy efficiency technologies


JD, Harvard Law School, 1990

MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1990

PhD, Genetics, University of British Columbia, 1986

BSc, University of British Columbia, 1980



Marchant, G. E., B. R. Allenby and J. R. Herkert eds. 2011. The Growing Gap between Emerging Technolgoies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem. Springer. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York.