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Dr Jeffrey Skopek

Dr Jeffrey Skopek

Centre Fellow


Dr Jeffrey Skopek is the Lecturer in Medical Law, Ethics, and Policy in the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge.  He is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences.  

His research interests centre on advances in the biological sciences 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 precision medicine and big data. He has also published on the history and philosophy of genetics, animal rights and environmental ethics.   

He previously taught at Harvard Law School, where he was a research fellow at the Petrie-Flom Centre for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.  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.