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Glenn Cohen, JD is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. 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. He also teaches civil procedure. From Seoul to Krakow to Vancouver, Professor Cohen has spoken at legal, medical, and industry conferences around the world and his work has been covered on PBS, NPR, ABC, Mother Jones, the New York Times, the BostonGlobe, and several other media venues.

Prof. Cohen's current projects relate to reproduction/reproductive technology and to medical tourism – the travel of patients who are residents of one country, the "home country," to another country, the "destination country," for medical treatment. His past work has included projects on end of life decision-making, FDA regulation, research ethics, and commodification.

His award-winning academic work has appeared in the journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Stanford, Southern California, Georgetown Cornell, Minnesota, Iowa, and Hastings Law Reviews, the Harvard Journal of Law and Negotiation, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Food and Drug Law Journal, the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Hastings Center Report.  He is the editor of "The Globalization of Healthcare: Legal and Ethical Challenges" (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2012), and is currently working on writing a new book "Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, ethics, and law) 

Cohen was selected to be a Radcliffe Institute fellow for the 2012–2013 academic year. After a highly competitive peer-review process, Cohen is among only 5 percent of the more than 900 applicants who were accepted to create a diverse incoming class that ranges from A to V: including anthropologists, chemical engineers, linguists, literature professors, molecular biologists, musicologists, and visual artists.  He was also selected  as a 2012-2015 Greenwall Faculty Scholar. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a three-year  career development award to enable outstanding junior faculty members to carry out original research that will help resolve important policy and clinical dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences. After a competitive nation-wide peer-reviewed search, Cohen was one of the two scholars chosen for this award.  

Prior to joining the faculty, Prof. Cohen served as a clerk to Chief Judge Michael Boudin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also served as an appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Appellate staff, where he acted as lead counsel in over 12 Circuit Court cases and represented the United States in the U.S. Supreme Court, inconjunction with the Solicitor General's office. Immediately before joining the faculty he was a fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center.