Dr Jeffrey Skopek

Lecturer in Medical Law, Ethics, and Policy at Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

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Lecturer in Medical Law, Ethics, and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Dr Jeffrey Skopek is a Lecturer in Medical Law, Ethics, and Policy in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. 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.

Dr Skopek 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.