Andrew Torrance

Director, Office at Kansas University School of Law
Co-Chair, Research & Programming

Andrew W. Torrance is the Paul E. Wilson Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Graduate and International Law at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he teaches and conducts research in patent law, intellectual property, innovation, food and drug regulation, biotechnology law, biodiversity law, biolaw, and empirical, experimental, and big data approaches to the law. Specific research foci include open, user, and collaborative innovation, design, and legal issues surrounding genes, biotechnology, genetically modified organisms, synthetic biology, conservation biology, and de-extinction. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University, J.D. from Harvard Law School, and Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University (Canada). In 2022, Torrance was elected as a member of the American Law Institute.  In 2008/2009, Torrance served as a policy advisor on the Technology Media and Telecommunications (“TMT”) Committee of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Torrance has given more than 100 scholarly presentations in over a dozen countries to  numerous universities, as well as to organizations like World Trade Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Canadian Intellectual Property Office. He has also presented at Google, Microsoft Research, Genome Canada, and given a TEDx talk. His scholarship has appeared in such journals as the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, the Stanford Technology Law Review, the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Torrance and his research have been regularly featured in the media, including NPR, Forbes, the Seattle Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. For more information about Dr. Torrance and his research, click here.