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Introduction

ByEMILIE CLOATRE, MARTYN PICKERSGILL

The relationships between knowledge, technologies, and legal processes are central to the constitution of contemporary societies. As such, they have come to be the focus for a range of academic projects, across interdisciplinary legal studies and the social sciences. Legal scholars are commonly drawn to exploring the legal developments that respond to or are shaped by scientific innovation. The domains of medical law and ethics, intellectual property law, environmental law and criminal law are just some of those within which the pervasive place and ‘impact’ of technoscience is immediately apparent. At the same time, social scientists investigating the making of technology and expertise – in particular, scholars working within the tradition of science and technology studies (STS) – frequently interrogate how regulation and legal processes, and the making of knowledge and technologies, are intermingled in complex ways that come to shape and define each other.