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Jonathan H. Marks


Professor of Bioethics, Humanities and Law
Affiliate Law Faculty
Curriculum Vitae

(814) 865-5938

B.C.L., Oxford University
M.A., Oxford University
B.A., Oxford University

Jonathan H. Marks is director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State University.  He is also affiliate faculty with Penn State Law and School of International Affairs.  In 2009-2010, Professor Marks was the Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University—where he remained affiliated with the ethics center throughout its six-year initiative on Institutional Corruption (2009-2015). 

Marks is also a barrister and academic member of Matrix Chambers, London.  While in full-time legal practice, Marks was counsel for Human Rights Watch in the Pinochet case.  He also represented a Canadian physician in a leading case on pharmaceutical regulation in the European Court of Justice; and he argued a case on privacy and data protection that changed electoral practice in England and Wales.

An expert working at the intersections of human rights law, bioethics, and public health policy, Professor Marks has written for journals of law, medicine, bioethics, and public health.  He has also written for broader audiences in venues such as The Times (London), the New York Times, LA Times, and the Harvard ethics blog. 

Professor Marks has participated in nationally broadcast panels and radio shows on law and medical ethics at Guantanamo Bay and other detention centers.  In recent years, he has participated as an expert in several policy meetings on public-private partnerships—including workshops held under the auspices of the National Academies in Washington, DC, and the World Health Organization in Geneva.

“Caveat Partner: Sharing Responsibility for Health with the Food Industry?” American Journal of Public Health, 107(3): 360-361 (2017)

The Ethics of Compromise:  Third Party, Public Health, and Environmental Perspectives, Journal of Medical Ethics, 43: 267-268 (2017)

Silencing Marcellus:  When the Law Fractures Public Health,” Hastings Center Report, 44(2): 8-10 (2014)

“Toward a Systemic Ethics of Public-Private Partnerships Related to Food and Health” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 24(3): 267–299 (2014)

The Undocumented Unwell,” Hastings Center Report, 43(1): 10-11 (2013)

“Toward a Unified Theory of Professional Ethics and Human Rights,” Michigan Journal of Internnational Law, 33: 215-263 (2012)

On Regularity and Regulation, Health Claims and Hype,” Hastings Center Report, 41(4): 11-12 (2012).

“A Neuroskeptic’s Guide to Neuroethics and National Security,” American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, 1(2): 4 - 12 (2010)

The Terrorist and the Doctor: A Legal and Ethical Response, 9 Am. J. Bioethics 49 (2009)

The Ethics of Interrogation — The U.S. Military's Ongoing Use of Psychiatrists, 359 New Eng. J. Med. 1090 (2008) (with M. Gregg Bloche)

Interrogational Neuro-imaging: A 'No-Brainer‘ or a Human Rights Hazard? 37 Am. J. Law & Medicine 483 (2007) (Special Peer-Reviewed Symposium Issue)

Doctors as Pawns? Law and Medical Ethics at Guantanamo Bay, 37 Seton Hall L. Rev. 711 (2007) (Guantanamo Symposium Issue); reprinted in Almerindo Ojeda, The Trauma of Psychological Torture (2008) and R. Satyanarayana, Professional Privileges and Judicial Approach (2009)

9/11 + 3/11 + 7/7 = ? What Counts in Counterterrorism, 37 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 559 - 626 (2006)

Mending the Web: Universal Jurisdiction, Humanitarian Intervention and the Abrogation of Immunity by the Security Council, 42 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 445 - 490 (2004) (selected by Foreign Policy magazine in its global review, July 2004)