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Glenn Cohen

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Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty, Director, Petrie Flom-Center
Harvard University

    Prof. Cohen is one of the world's leading experts on the intersection of bioethics (sometimes also called ""medical ethics"") and the law, as well as health law.
    His current projects relate to big data, health information technologies, mobile health, reproduction/reproductive technology, research ethics, organ transplantation, rationing in law and medicine, health policy, FDA law, translational medicine, and medical tourism.
    He is the author of more than 150 articles and chapters and the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than 15 books.

    His work has appeared in or been covered in venues such as PBS, NPR, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and the New Republic.
    Prior to becoming a professor he served as a law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and as a lawyer for U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Appellate Staff, where he handled litigation in the Courts of Appeals and (in conjunction with the Solicitor General’s Office) in the U.S. Supreme Court. For the public he created the free online Harvard X class Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics, taken by more than 25,000. You can also watch his Tedx talk, Are There Non-Human Persons? Are There Non-Person Humans?

    Cohen was selected as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow for the 2012-2013 year and by the Greenwall Foundation to receive a Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics.
    You can freely download his work here, and follow him on twitter @CohenProf.