Upcoming Events

Who Speaks for the Trees? The Movement for the Rights of Nature

Friday, January 29, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

Is our system working to protect the natural environment? Isn’t it time to find one that does?

Host Thomas Linzey, an environmental lawyer with the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights, for a presentation and discussion around a new movement for environmental protection: one that recognizes enforceable legal rights for nature and ecosystems. Click here to register for the zoom meeting.

Co-sponsored by:
Environmental Studies Department
Gonzaga Center for Law, Ethics & Commerce


Past Events

Regulating Addictive Technology: A Conversation with Kyle Langvardt

Monday, November 16, 2020
12:00 - 1:00pm

Tech developers often focus on designing habit-forming products that maximize users’ time on a device or app. But addictive technology often has negative health effect on users. Is there a role regulation can play to help counteract the negative effects of addictive technology, and how do we balance regulation against First Amendment concerns?

CLEC's final lecture in the fall Brown Bag Lecture Series featured Kyle Langvardt, professor and First Amendment scholar.

Health & Technology Policy 2020 Symposium

Friday, October 9, 2020
10:00am - 2:30pm

This virtual symposium celebrated the launch of the Health & Technology Policy Project.

The event included two academic panels:

  • Health, AI, and the Internet of Things
  • The Technological Response to COVID-19

The symposium featured keynote speaker Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and author of New Laws of Robotics: Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI.

Pasquale also wrote The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information.


  • Nicholson Price (University of Michigan Law School)
  • Charlotte Tschider (Loyola University Chicago School of Law)
  • Colin Walsh (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)
  • Sara Gerke (Harvard Law School)

Moderator: Mason Marks (Gonzaga University School of Law) 


  • Ana Santos Rutschman (Saint Louis University School of Law)
  • Doron Dorfman (Syracuse University College of Law)
  • Patricia Zettler (The Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law)
  • Nathan Cortez (Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law)

Moderator: Claudia Haupt (Northeastern University School of Law)

Taming TikTok: The Proposed TikTok "Ban"

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
12:00-1:00pm PST

This Fall, CLEC offered a Virtual Brown-Bag Series on Why Tech Policy Matters. The first lecture in this series was Taming TikTok: The Proposed TikTok "Ban" and Its Impact on Free Speech. Our speaker was Ashkhen Kazaryan, Director of civil liberties for TechFreedom.

A World Without Intimate Privacy

Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:00-1:00pm PST

CLEC and the Center for Civil and Human Rights co-sponsored an event with featured speaker Danielle Citron of BU Law, whose lecture was entitled A World Without Intimate Privacy.