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John A. Robertson

  • Vinson & Elkins Chair


  • JD Harvard
  • AB Dartmouth

John A. Robertson holds the Vinson and Elkins Chair at The University of Texas School of Law at Austin. He has written and lectured widely on law and bioethical issues. He is the author of two books in bioethics The Rights of the Critically Ill (1983) and Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies (1994), and numerous articles on reproductive rights, genetics, organ transplantation, and human experimentation. He has served on or been a consultant to many national bioethics advisory bodies, and is currently Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Recent Publications

  • [Op-Ed] Is Open Carry a Constitutional Right?, Austin American-Statesman, February 12, 2015, at A11.
  • Paid Organ Donors and the Constitutionality of the National Organ Transplant Act, 40 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 221 (2013).
  • Learning the Bad News, in Malignant: Medical Ethicists Confront Cancer at 39 (Rebecca Dresser, ed.; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

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John A. Robertson

Work (512) 232-1307

Fax (512) 471-6988

Office: JON 5.251
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

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(512) 232-2292

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