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Room: T12A

Tel: 01223 330027

AB (Stanford), PhD MPhil (Cantab), JD (Harvard)
Lecturer in Medical Law, Ethics and Policy

CV / Biography

Dr. Jeffrey Skopek is Lecturer in Medical Law, Ethics, and Policy in the Faculty of Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences.  His research interests centre on advances in the biosciences that destabilize categories and concepts that play a foundational role in our law and ethics. He is currently working on projects that explore challenges posed by developments in personalized medicine, biobanking, and big data.

He previously taught at Harvard Law School, where he was a research fellow at the Petrie-Flom Centre for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. During this time, he wrote extensively on anonymity, differentiating it from privacy in articles that reveal its importance both as a tool in the production of wide range of public goods and as a right that can be invoked against new technologies of genetic identification and surveillance. He has also published on the history and philosophy of genetics, animal rights, and environmental ethics.

Prior to entering academia, he served as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He has been awarded Fulbright, Gates, and Truman Scholarships and holds a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, and an A.B. in History (with distinction) from Stanford University.

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"Reasonable Expectations of Anonymity" 101 Virginia Law Review 691 (2015).

101 Virginia Law Review 691 (2015).
May 2015

"Anonymity, the Production of Goods, and Institutional Design" 82 Fordham Law Review 1751 (2014).

82 Fordham Law Review 1751 (2014).
Mar 2014

"Uncommon Goods: On Environmental Virtues and Voluntary Carbon Offsets" 123 Harvard Law Review 2065 (2010).

123 Harvard Law Review 2065 (2010).
Jun 2010

"Aesthetic Injuries, Animal Rights, and Anthropomorphism" 122 Harvard Law Review 1204 (2009).

122 Harvard Law Review 1204 (2009).
Feb 2009

Book Chapters

"Big Data's Epistemology and Its Implications for Precision Medicine and Privacy" in , Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics (Cambridge University Press - forthcoming)

Cambridge University Press - forthcoming
Published Date:
Dec 2017

"Informed Consent for Research Using Biospecimens, Genetic Information and Other Personal Data" in , Encyclopedia of the Life Sciences (Wiley - forthcoming 2017)

Wiley - forthcoming 2017
Published Date:
Dec 2017

"A Theory of Anonymity" in Christopher Robertson and Aaron Kesselheim, Blinding as a Solution to Bias: Strengthening Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Law (Elsevier, 2016)

Elsevier, 2016
Published Date:
Feb 2016
ISBN 13:
Christopher Robertson and Aaron Kesselheim

Book Reviews

"Persons, Parts and Property: How Should We Regulate Human Tissue in the 21st Century? Edited by Goold, Greasley, Herring & Skene [Hart Publishing 2015]" 74 Cambridge Law Journal 375 (2015).

Jul 2016