Cohen receives faculty scholar award from Greenwall Foundation

The Greenwall Foundation has chosen Harvard Law School Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03, a leading expert on the intersection of bioethics and the law, to receive one of three Faculty Scholar Awards in Bioethics. The award allows recipients to conduct extensive independent research to help set public policy and standards of clinical practice.

Cohen is the co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. His current projects relate to reproduction/reproductive technology and medical tourism—the legal and ethical issues related to travel of patients who are residents of one country to another country for medical treatment.

“How terrific to see Glenn’s imaginative and rigorous work recognized by the Greenwall Foundation—and pursuing new frontiers in health law, bioethics, and biotechnology,” said Dean Martha Minow. “I know this award will help advance his bold and distinctive scholarship and his leadership of the Petrie-Flom Center.”

Cohen was recently named a Radcliffe Institute Fellow for the 2012–2013 academic year. He will focus his Radcliffe fellowship on medical tourism.

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program is a career development program that enables junior faculty members to carry out original research on policy and moral dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences. To maximize scholars’ development, three years of support are provided, requiring a 50% time commitment in each of the three years.

Cohen’s award-winning academic work has appeared in a number of academic journals, including 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 Hastings Center Report and law review journals for Stanford, Southern California, Minnesota, Iowa, and Hastings Law.

Appointed to the Harvard Law School faculty in 2008, Cohen teaches courses in bioethics, health law, and Civil Procedure. Before joining Harvard’s faculty, he served as a clerk to Chief Judge Michael Boudin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and 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, in conjunction with the Solicitor General’s office.

The Greenwall Foundation was established in 1949 by Frank K Greenwall, CEO of National Starch Products, Inc. and his wife, Anna Alexander Greenwall. It has been recognized nationally for its interdisciplinary program in bioethics and for supporting innovative artistic work in New York City.

Since 1991, The Foundation’s program in bioethics has provided funding for physicians, lawyers, philosophers, economists, theologians and other professionals to address micro and macro issues in bioethics, providing guidance for those engaged in decision making at the bedside as well as those responsible for shaping institutional and public policy.