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Anita LaFrance Allen (Anita LaFrance Allen-Castellitto)

Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

Anita Allen

Anita L. Allen is an expert on privacy law, the philosophy of privacy, bioethics, and contemporary values, and is recognized for scholarship about legal philosophy, women’s rights, and race relations. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Continue reading…

Expertise

  • Privacy Law
  • Information Law
  • Bioethics
  • Jurisprudence
  • Torts
  • Legal Ethics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Health Law
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Gender Studies
  • Political Philosophy
  • Race Relations
  • Sexuality and the Law

Books

PRIVACY LAW AND SOCIETY (3d ed., West 2016).
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UNPOPULAR PRIVACY: WHAT MUST WE HIDE? (Oxford University Press) 2011.
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EVERYDAY ETHICS: OPINION-WRITING ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST (2011).
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THE NEW ETHICS: A TOUR OF THE 21ST CENTURY LANDSCAPE (Miramax Books 2004).
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WHY PRIVACY ISN'T EVERYTHING: FEMINIST REFLECTIONS ON PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY (Rowman & Littlefield 2003).
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UNEASY ACCESS: PRIVACY FOR WOMEN IN A FREE SOCIETY (Rowman & Littlefield 1988).

Articles and Book Chapters

The Duty to Protect Your Own Privacy, in PRIVACY, SECURITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY: ETHICS, LAW AND POLICY (Adam Moore ed., Rowman & Littlefield 2016).

Cognitive Enhancement and Beyond: Recommendations from the Bioethics Commission, 19 TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES 549 (2015) (with Nicolle K. Strand).

Compliance-Limited Health Privacy Laws, in SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF PRIVACY: INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES (Beate Roessler and Dorota Mokrosinka eds., Cambridge U. Press 2015).

Veiled Women in the American Courtroom: Is the Niqab a Barrier to Justice? in THE RULE OF LAW AND THE RULE OF GOD (Simeon O. Ilesanmi, Win-Chiat Lee & J. Wilson Parker eds., Palgrave Macmillan 2014).

Privacy Law: Positive Theory and Normative Practice, 126 HARV. L. REV. F. 241 (2013).

An Ethical Duty to Protect One's Own Information Privacy?, 64 ALA. L. REV. 845 (2013).

Natural Law, Slavery, and the Right to Privacy Tort, 81 FORDHAM L. REV. 1187 (2012).

Medicine in the Twenty-first Century: Ethical Means and Ends, in DIMENSIONS OF GOODNESS (Vittorio Hösle, ed., Cambridge Scholars, 2013).

First Amendment Privacy and the Battle for Progressively Liberal Social Change, 14 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 885 (2012).

The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy, and Reputation, 26 ETHICS & INT'L AFF. 152 (2012). (book review)

Was I Entitled or Should I Apologize: Affirmative Action Going Forward, 15 J. ETHICS 253 (2011).

Associational Privacy and the First Amendment: NAACP v. Alabama, Privacy and Data Protection, 1 ALA. C.R. & C.L. L. REV. 1 (2011).

Is There a Right to Health?, 12 J. HUM. DEV. & CAPABILITIES 571 (2011)

Hijabs and Headwraps: the Case for Tolerance, in FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN A DIVERSE WORLD 115 (Deirdre Golash, ed., Springer 2010).

Mental Disorders and the "System of Judgmental Responsibility", 90 B.U. L. REV. 621 (2010).

Privacy Torts: Unreliable Remedies for LGBT Plaintiffs, 98 CALIF. L. REV. 1711 (2010).

Privacy and Confidentiality, in PENN CENTER GUIDE TO BIOETHICS (Vardit Ravitsky, Autumn Fiester, & Arthur L. Caplan, eds., Springer 2009).
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Driven into Society: Philosophies of Surveillance take to Streets of New York, 1 AMSTERDAM L. F. 35 (2009).

Atmospherics: Abortion Law and Philosophy, in ON PHILOSOPHY IN AMERICAN LAW (Francis J. Mootz III, ed., Cambridge U. Press, 2009).

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Privacy Law, Theory and Values
  • Legal Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethics and Bioethics
  • Mental Illness
  • Accountability
  • Race Relations
  • Gender and the Law

Positions

Penn - Vice Provost for Faculty (2013- ); Penn Law - Deputy Dean (2009-11); Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law (2004- ); Professor of Law and Philosophy (1998-2004)

Commissioner, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Visiting Professor - Waseda (Tokyo), Yale, Harvard, Villanova, Princeton, Arizona, Hofstra, Johns Hopkins, Tel-Aviv

Georgetown - Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship (1996-98)

National Endowment for the Humanities IPA Associate Program Director (1980-81)

Carnegie-Mellon - Assistant Professor of Philosophy (1978-81)

Professional Activities

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Executive Committee, 2005-present

Association of American Law Schools, Executive Committee, 2000-2003

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Board member, 2002-2006

Electronic Privacy Information Center, Board of Advisors, 1999-2006; Board of Directors, 2006-present

Hypatia, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Advisory Board, (2000-02)

Maternity Care Coalition, Bd. Member, since 2008

National Association of Women Lawyers, Judicial Evaluation Committee, since 2006.

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Editorial Board, since 2004

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, Chair, Bd. of Directors, 2006-present

Courses

  • Privacy Law
  • Torts
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Bioethics and the Law of Mental Health
  • African American Philosophy Since 1960
  • Bioethics of Reproduction
  • Mental Health and Moral Life.

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