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Leslie Meltzer Henry

Professor of Law

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BA, University of Virginia
MSc, Oxford University
JD, Yale Law School
PhD, University of Virginia

Biography | Selected Publications

Leslie Meltzer Henry joined the law school faculty in 2008 and is also a core faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.  Her teaching and scholarship focuses on issues in constitutional law, bioethics, public health law and policy, reproductive justice, and research ethics. She is an associate editor of the Oxford Handbook for Public Health Ethics (OUP, 2016), and a contributor to the Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics (OUP, 2008). Her scholarship has been published in peer-review medical journals and leading law reviews, including the New England Journal of Medicine; University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Michigan Law Review; Georgetown Law Journal; Journal of Law and the Biosciences; Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics; American Journal of Bioethics; Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, and Journal of Health Care Law & Policy. Professor Henry has also guest-edited symposia for the Forum for Health Economics & Policy ("Strategies for Health Care Cost Containment," 2012) and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics ("Human Subjects Research Regulations: Proposals for Reform," 2013).

Professor Henry provides expert commentary for federal and local agencies, organizations, and the media. She has served as a bioethics consultant to the Department of Defense and has presented before panels of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health Bioethics Advisory Committee. Professor Henry has provided written commentary for the Mid-Atlantic Ethics Committee Network, and she has been quoted in media outlets including the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, NPR, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, and the Baltimore Sun.

Professor Henry is a co-investigator on a grant from the Wellcome Trust to develop ethical and guidance for conducting research with pregnant women during public health emergencies, like the Zika crisis, where there is an urgent need to attend to the health needs of pregnant women and their offspring.  She is also a member of PHASES, a research team aiming to develop ethically and legally acceptable strategies for conducting research about HIV treatment and prevention during pregnancy. 

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Henry completed a post-doctoral fellowship in bioethics and health policy at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Georgetown Law Center, clerked for the Honorable Judith Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was a fellow in the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Human Subjects Research, and was founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics.

Book Chapters

What is Fair Subject Selection?, in The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics 377 (Ezekiel Emanuel et al. eds., 2008) (with James Childress).


Legal Obstacles to Including Adolescents in HIV Prevention Research, Journal of Medical Ethics (forthcoming 2018) (with H. Cleckler).

Regulation and Beyond: The Landscape of Research with Pregnant Women, BMC Reproductive Health (forthcoming 2018) (with others).

Ethical Considerations Concerning Amnioinfusions for Treating Fetal Bilateral Renal Agenesis, 131 Obstetrics & Gynecology 130 (2018) (with others).

Research with Pregnant Women: New Insights on Legal Decision-Making, 47(3) Hastings Center Report 38 (2017) (with others).

Advancing HIV Research with Pregnant Women: Navigating Challenges and Opportunities, 30 AIDS 2261 (2016) (with others).

Respect and Dignity: A Conceptual Model for Patients in the Intensive Care Unit, 5.1A Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 5A (2015) (with others). [Full Text]

Just Compensation: A No-Fault Proposal for Research-Related Injuries, Journal of Law & the Biosciences (2015). [Full Text]

Moral Gridlock: Conceptual Barriers to No-Fault Compensation for Injured Research Subjects, 41 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 411 (2013). [Full Text]

Revising the Common Rule: Prospects and Challenges, 41 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 386 (2013). [Abstract]

Commerce Games and the Individual Mandate, 100 Georgetown Law Journal 1117 (2012) (with Max Stearns). [Full Text]

Adolescent Medical Decision Making and the Law of the Horse, 15 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 1 (2012) (with Amanda Pustilnik). [Full Text]

The Jurisprudence of Dignity, 160 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 169 (2011). [Full Text]

Book Review, Visionary Pragmatism and the Value of Privacy in the Twenty-First Century, 108 Michigan Law Review 1107 (2010) (reviewing Daniel J. Solove, Understanding Privacy (2008)) (with Danielle Keats Citron). [Full Text]

Deciphering Dignity, American Journal of Bioethics, July 2010, at 59. [Full Text]

Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics, 359 New England Journal of Medicine 660 (2008). [Full Text]

Undesirable Implications of Disclosing Individual Genetic Results to Research Participants, American Journal of Bioethics, Nov.-Dec., 2006, at 28. [Full Text]

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