Melbourne Law School Lecturer receives prestigious fellowship grant

7 October 2014

Melbourne Law School’s Dr Rain Liivoja has been awarded a generous fellowship grant by the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) that allows him up to five years of academic freedom to do interdisciplinary research at any institution in the world. Dr Liivoja has chosen to undertake his research work at Melbourne Law School.

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Society in Science – The Branco Weiss Fellowship is a unique postdoc program for experts with a proven track record who are willing to engage on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues across the frontiers of their particular discipline. The fellowship has been awarded to up to 10 globally outstanding young scholars, selected from 376 applications.
As a Branco Weiss fellow, Dr Rain Liivoja will explore the regulatory challenges that emerge from the increasing militarisation of neurosciences and other biosciences. In particular, he will examine whether current international law adequately addresses the use of human performance enhancement and degradation techniques by the armed forces, and will suggest refinements to the law where appropriate and necessary.

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