The Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program addresses ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct and application of science and technology. The Program is committed to promoting high standards for the practice of science and engineering; advancing the human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications; engaging scientists, engineers and their professional associations in human rights efforts; monitoring and enhancing assessment of emerging ethical, legal, and human rights issues related to science and technology; furthering the use of science and technology in support of human rights; and initiating activities to address the impact of developments at the intersection of science, technology, and law.


The Program has published a number of books and reports that are available online and for purchase. The Program also publishes two newsletters Professional Ethics Report and the Science and Human Rights Report. More on our publications


A complete list of the Program's current projects is available here. Descriptions of our past projects and activities are also available


A compiliation of AAAS News pieces and updates about the Program. Read more.  


Throughout the year the Program hosts a number of events including workshops, public lectures, and conferences. A full list of this year's past and upcoming events is available here

Advisory Committees

The Program is advised by two standing Committees appointed by AAAS. The Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility was established in 1976 by AAAS and advises on issues related to human rights, freedom of scientific inquiry, and the professional responsibilities of scientists and engineers. The National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists was established in 1974 and is a joint committee of AAAS and the American Bar Association's Section of Science and Technology Law.


The Program offers internships for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs during the spring, summer and fall terms. Find out more about our internship opportunities.