In the absence of working laws, the world would be a chaotic place to live in. Even in the ancient times, there were governments and laws to control things like discipline and the economic activities that kept communities moving. Today governments from across the world apply laws to make it easy to control complex processes and solve problems. Most of the laws that are put in place are subject to changes and this brings the possibility of scholars contributing information and ideas to help in the development of the laws.
Before laws are written and applied, there is always room for research and testing to ensure all laws put in place are ideal for solving specific problems. Many scholars travel to different places across the world to get information about the laws that are applied in some regions and to probably borrow important concepts that can be integrated into new ways of governing people and processes.
This technique of borrowing and studying the laws that are applied in other regions is what is referred to as comparative law. It is a field of law that provides scholars and law experts the opportunity to tour several countries and regions to learn about laws that could be applied in their country to streamline processes.
In modern times, comparative law has been applied especially in constitutional building processes. While drafting a new constitution, there is need to include laws that are relevant to the needs of the country and its people. One of the ways experts can understand what can work in the country is through comparative law, where they pick pieces of law applied in other places and modify them to work within a specific environment.
About Sujit Choudhry
Sujit Choudhry is a law professor who specializes in comparative law and constitutional development methods. He is an acclaimed authority in the field due to the contribution he has offered towards the development of useful pieces of legislation to be integrated in governing places and activities. He has especially extended his support to peace building processes in countries like Nepal, Libya, Jordan and Tunisia. His research addresses different issues ranging from constitutional law to constitutional design and development.
Professor Sujit Choudhry founded the Center for Constitutional Transitions, where he works as director. The body mobilizes information to support constitution building by coming up with thematic research projects that provide evidence-based options for policy generation and development.
A Billionaire On A Mission
Eric Lefkofsky is a man on a mission. After amassing a billion dollar fortune through the success of startups he has either founded or invested money in, he is now trying to fight one of the world’s most lethal diseases. Cancer, and the many forms it comes in, is one of the most common causes of death, but the current treatment paradigm simply isn’t able to handle the disease without producing many side effects for patients. Tempus, the startup Eric Lefkofsky has created, aims to solve this problem with the use of Big Data.
The Age Of Personalized Medicine
Tempus is only the latest company advancing the trend of personalized medicine. Personalized medicine, medical care tailored around the specific details of a patient’s profile, is currently taking off thanks to improve DNA databases and Big Data analytics. Armed with the DNA sequence of a patient physicians can then determine which route of treatment is best suited for each patient. Some genes work well with certain treatments, but others will notice no impact or undesirable side effects thanks to their DNA. An example of this personalized medicine at work is immunotherapy. Using the DNA sequence of patients, Tempus determines which patients are best suited for immunotherapy treatments. Some patients are able to handle the process well, but there are always cases of patients who simply lack an immune system prepared for it.
The Complicated Case Of Cancer
Tempus isn’t just taking on any disease out there. Lefkofsky has a specific goal of defeating cancer in mind. Tempus may have access to some of the most sophisticated analytics around, but the task before them is hardly an easy one. Cancer is more than a collection of genetic or environmental factors. Breast cancer, an example of a common cancer, is considered partially genetic. There are even some researchers who believe the cancer is almost “random” with no real path to cures possible. If there’s anything to the genomic sequencing and transcriptomic sequencing of Tempus, this will bear out in patient testimonies.
Only Time Can Tell
Predicting the future is a complicated thing. To create a reliable understanding of exactly how things will play out in the future every possible bit of data is necessary. Fortunately, Eric Lefkofsky is up to the task. As an entrepreneur, he has made a fortune speculating about which companies would eventually turn into winners and which ones he should avoid. Pouring his energy into Tempus shows that Lefkofsky believes he has picked a market winner. While Lefkofsky has certainly set a very serious goal for himself, he is in a better position than anyone else to see it through.