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The Transitional Objects of the Law

Dr Javier Lezaun
Oxford University
Date: 6 December 2011
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: KSW 3.01


This paper discusses the fabrication and circulation of reference materials, a critical component of regulatory regimes that has received little attention from social scientists or legal scholars. Reference materials incarnate legally relevant measurements and give regulatory categories a material form. The paper is based on observations of the work of reference technicians at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), an establishment that, for more than 50 years, has produced the official version of the substances mentioned in EU law.

About the speaker

Javier Lezaun is James Martin Lecturer in Science and Technology Governance at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford. He was an ESRC Research Officer at CARR between 2003 and 2006. He is currently directing the research programme BioProperty: Biomedical Research and the Future of Property Rights, funded by the European Research Council.