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Braden Leach, JD


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Mr. Leach is a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. His primary interests include biodefense, pandemic preparedness and response, and emerging biotechnologies. At the Center, he is currently writing on gene synthesis security at a national level and assisting with efforts to improve state laws regarding indoor air quality.

He has written legal articles on US compliance with the Biological Weapons Convention (Stanford Technology Law Journal), litigation involving catastrophic risks like climate change (California Law Review), and US international law strategies for emerging technologies (forthcoming in the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy).

During law school, he was an Articles Editor for the California Law Review and a member of the Appellate Team. He also clerked at several plaintiffs’ law firms, performing legal research and drafting briefs in state and federal courts.

Mr. Leach received a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and a BS in environmental science from Montana State University. 

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  • Biodefense
  • Pandemic preparedness and response
  • Emerging biotechnologies