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Harold Edgar

Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology, Columbia Law School

Harold S. H. Edgar is the Julius Silver Professor in Law, Science, and Technology. Edgar joined the Columbia Law School faculty in 1968. 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.


  • LL.B., Columbia Law School, 1967
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1964