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Harold S. H. Edgar

Julius Silver Professor Emeritus of Law, Science and Technology

Harold S. H. Edgar

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Julius Silver Professor Emeritus of Law, Science and Technology

Harold S. H. Edgar is the Julius Silver Professor Emeritus of Law, Science and Technology.  Edgar joined the Columbia Law School faculty in 1968 and became emeritus July 1, 2018. Edgar has taught in diverse areas, including constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, and law and science.

From 1968 to 1970, Edgar served with the Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law, participating in numerous test cases in the welfare field.  Edgar also served as a fellow of the Hastings Center, a group that studies the social implications of innovation in biomedical technology.  He was the reporter for the UNESCO International Committee on Bioethics, which drafted the International Declaration on Human Rights and the Human Genome. This Declaration was subsequently adopted by UNESCO and approved by the United Nations.

Edgar’s principal current interests are law and technology and law and medicine.  Edgar has published in both fields.

Courses he taught:

Criminal Law Section 4

Criminal Law Section 3

S. Advanced Patents

  • LL.B., Columbia Law School, 1967
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1964
Areas of Expertise
  • Law and technology
  • Law and medicine
Professional Experience
  • Law clerk to Judge Harold Leventhal of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Office Hours

By appointment.

Criminal Law
S. Advanced Patents