Last updated on: 11/7/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Lewis Kurlantzick, LLB Biography

Title:
Zephaniah Swift Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Athletes are in a position to make a decision about what behavior is in their best interest, to weigh the risks and benefits according to their own values. And a paternalistic rule that attempts to prevent the athlete from harming himself runs counter to the important values of independence and personal choice. […]

There is good reason to question the prevailing view in the sports community that performance-enhancing drugs are bad and that their use should be banned.”

“Is There a Steroids Problem? The Problematic Character of the Case for Regulation,” New England Law Review, Apr. 12, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Zephaniah Swift Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Arbitrator, National Association of Securities Dealers, New York Stock Exchange, and American Arbitration Association
  • Former Special Master for the United States District Court in Connecticut
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, American Arbitration Association
  • Member, American Law and Economics Association
Education:
  • LLB, Harvard University Law School, 1968
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1965
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Potential Negative Impact on the Athlete's Health a Valid Reason to Ban Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports?
  2. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?