Gerald S. Schatz, J.D.

About: Gerald S. Schatz, J.D. is a lawyer, ethicist, and policy analyst, with a background in biomedical ethics, public ethics, science policy, and domestic and international public law. His teaching and research are in interrelationships of ethics, medicine, biomedical and behavioral research, and law, especially in the protection of human subjects of research. He writes on protection of human subjects of research, on medical and research confidentiality, and on clinical ethics. He is retired from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, where he developed and taught interdisciplinary medicine and law courses in Clinical Ethics Consultation, in U.S. Law and Ethics of Human Subjects Research, and in International Law and Ethics of Human Subjects Research. He is a former visiting scholar and now associate faculty of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center, and is corresponding editor for bioethics, health, and medicine, International Legal Materials, American Society of International Law. He is a former professional staff member of the House Committee on Government Operations, was a senior staff officer of the National Academy of Sciences, and served as a visiting expert at the National Science Foundation. He has served on university and government institutional review boards, the mechanisms for safeguarding protection of human subjects of research. Mr. Schatz is a former vice president of Citizens for Responsible Care and Research (, an independent educational organization committed to conscionable science and medicine. Selected Publications: Ethical Lawyering in the Protection of Human Subjects of Behavioral and Biomedical Research. 13 Michigan State University Journal of Medicine and Law 151-156 (2009). Introductory Note to World Health Organization: Revision of the International Health Regulations, 44 International Legal Materials 1011 (2005). International Law and Biomedical Ethics, published as Diritto internazionale e bioetica (Giovanni Russo, trans.) In: Russo G, ed. Enciclopedia di Bioetica e Sessuologia. (Elledici – CIC Edizioni Internazionali Leumann – Roma 2004): 660. Are the Rationale and Regulatory System for Protecting Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research Obsolete and Unworkable, or Ethically Important but Inconvenient and Inadequately Enforced? 20 Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 1-31 (2003). Health Records Privacy and Confidentiality: Pending Questions, 18 Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 685-691 (2002); abstract available at Health Law & Policy Abstracts, Social Science Research Network<>. American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Federal Administrative Dispute Resolution Deskbook (co-editor, with Prof. Marshall J. Breger and Deborah S. Laufer, Esq.) (2001).

Job: Ethicist


  • Associate Faculty at Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center

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