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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 precision medicine, big data, and artificial intelligence.

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.



Principal Investigator on a £56k grant from the Wellcome Trust to evaluate how liability could and should be assigned when the use of machine learning algorithms in healthcare results in harm to patients.  

Co-Investigator on a £4.2m grant (£650k to Cambridge) from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to fund a collaborative research project on biomedical innovation law between Copenhagen, Cambridge, Harvard, and Michigan.     



"Big Data’s Epistemology and its Implications for Precision Medicine and Privacy" in I. G. Cohen, H. F. Lynch, E. Vayena, U. Gasser (eds.), Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics (Cambridge University Press 2018), pp. 30-41.     

"Informed Consent in Research Using Biospecimens, Genetic Information and Other Personal Data" in eLS (John Wiley & Sons 2018) (co-authored with Kathy Liddell), pp. 1-10. 

"A Theory of Anonymity" in A. Kesselheim and C. Robertson (eds.), Blinding as a Solution to Bias: Strengthening Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Law (Elsevier 2016), pp. 249-64.

"Reasonable Expectations of Anonymity" (2015) 101 Virginia Law Review 691-762.

“Specimens, Data, and Privacy: Introduction” in G. Cohen & H. Lynch (eds.), Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (MIT Press 2014), pp. 189-192.  

"Anonymity, the Production of Goods, and Institutional Design" (2014) 82 Fordham Law Review 1751-1809.

"Principles, Exemplars, and Uses of History in Twentieth Century Genetics" (2011) 42 Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 210-25.

"Uncommon Goods: On Environmental Virtues and Voluntary Carbon Offsets" (2010) 123 Harvard Law Review 2065-87. 

"Developments in the Law—Access to Courts: Animal Rights, Aesthetic Injuries, and Anthropomorphism" (2009) 122 Harvard Law Review 1204-16.

Book Reviews

"Persons, Parts and Property (Goold, Greasley, Herring & Skene, eds., Oxford University Press)" (2015) 74 Cambridge Law Journal 375-379. 

"Philosophical Foundation of Law and Neuroscience (Patterson & Pardo, eds., Oxford University Press),” (2017) 76 Cambridge Law Journal 441-43.  



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