Dr Shawn Harmon is a Deputy Director at the Mason Institute, and specialises in medical law, health research regulation and the governance of converging technologies. He has investigated the interaction between law and ethics in the regulation of genomics and biotechnologies both domestically and internationally. His interest in empirical methods and investigating the operation of law in society has led to empirical projects in Argentina (see ‘Governing Emerging Technologies: Social Values in Stem Cell Regulation in Argentina’, Award No. RES-000-22-2678). His research has been funded by the ESRC, AHRC, the Challenge Investment Fund, the Moray Fund, and other bodies.