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Eric A. Feldman

Heimbold Chair in International Law, Professor of Law; Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy; Deputy Dean for International Programs

Eric Feldman

Eric Feldman’s expertise is in Japanese law, comparative public health law, torts, and law and society. His books and articles explore the comparative dimensions of rights, dispute resolution, and legal culture, often in the context of urgent policy issues, including the regulation of smoking, electronic cigarettes, HIV/AIDS, and natural and nuclear disasters. Continue reading…


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Articles and Book Chapters

Regulating E-Cigarettes: Why Policies Diverge, in THE LEGAL PROCESS AND THE PROMISE OF JUSTICE: STUDIES INSPIRED BY THE WORK OF MALCOLM FEELEY (Rosann Greenspan et al. eds., Cambridge University Press 2019).

Informed Consent and the Role of the Treating Physician, 378 NEW ENG. J. MED. 2433 (2018) (with Holly Fernandez Lynch and Steven Joffe).

Baby M Turns 30: The Law and Policy of Surrogate Motherhood, 44 AM. J.L. & MED. 7 (2018).

E-Cigarette Regulation in China: The Road Ahead, 11 U. PA. ASIAN L. REV. 409 (2016) (with Chai Yue).

Compensating the Victims of Japan’s 3-11 Fukushima Disaster, 16 ASIAN-PAC. L. & POL'Y J. 127 (2015).

Layers of Law: The Case of E-Cigarettes, 10 FLA. INT'L U. L. REV 111 (2015)

Natural Disasters, Nuclear Disasters, and Global Governance, in COMPARATIVE LAW AND REGULATION (David Zaring & Francesca Bignami, eds., forthcoming 2015) (forthcoming)

Letter, Expanding Long-Term Care Options for Persons with Serious Mental Illness, 313 J. AM. MED. ASS'N 1756 (2015) (with Mitchell D. Feldman and Saul Feldman).

Compensating the Victims of Japan’s 3-11 Fukushima Disaster, 16 ASIAN-PAC. L. & POL’Y J. (forthcoming 2015). (forthcoming)

No Alternative: Resolving Disputes Japanese Style, in DISPUTE RESOLUTION--ALTERNATIVES TO FORMALIZATION, FORMALIZATION OF ALTERNATIVES? (Joachim Zekoll, Moritz Bälz, & Iwo Amelung, eds., Brill 2014).

Health Insurance, Employment, and the Human Genome: Regulating Genetic Discrimination in the United States, in COMPARATIVE ISSUES IN THE GOVERNANCE OF RESEARCH BIOBANKS: PROPERTY, PRIVACY, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, AND THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY, (Giovanni Pascuzzi et al., Springer 2013) (with Chelsea Darnell).

Shots for Tots?, HASTINGS CENTER REP., May-June 2013, at 34-35.

Fukushima: Catastrophe, Compensation, and Justice in Japan, 62 DEPAUL L. REV. 335 (2013).

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA): Public Policy and Medical Practice in the Age of Personalized Medicine, 27 J. GEN. INTERNAL MED. 743 (2012).

The Triumph and Tragedy of Tobacco Control: A Tale of Nine Nations, ANN. REV. L. & SOC. SCI. (2011) (with Ronald Bayer).

Assuming the Risk: Tort Law, Policy, and Politics on the Slippery Slopes, 59 DEPAUL L. REV. 259 (2010) (with Alison Stein).

Why Patients Sue Doctors: The Japanese Experience, 37 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 792 (2009).

The Bioethics of Tobacco, in THE PENN CENTER GUIDE TO BIOETHICS (Vardit Ravitsky, Autumn Fiester, and Arthur Caplan, eds., NY: Springer Publishing Company, 2009).

Law Across Borders: What Can the United States Learn From Japan?, 32 HASTINGS INT'L & COMP. L. REV. 795 (2009).

Law, Society, and Medical Malpractice Litigation in Japan, 8 WASH. U. GLOBAL STUD. L. REV. 257 (2009).

Legal Reform in Contemporary Japan, in EMERGING RIGHTS IN JAPANESE LAW (Harry Scheiber & Laurent Mayali, eds., Berkeley: UC Press, 2007, (reprinted in 25 Journal of Japanese Law 5, 2008).).

The Tuna Court: Law and Norms in the World’s Premier Fish Market, 94 CAL. L. REV. (2006), reprinted in CUSTOMARY LAW AND ECONOMICS (Lisa Bernstein & Francesco Parisi eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).

The Landscape of Japanese Tobacco Policy: Law, Smoking, and Social Change, 49 AM. J. COMP. L. 679 (2001).

More publications can be found here.

Working Papers

A Solution in Search of a Problem? The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. (forthcoming)

What Judges Really Do: Judicial Settlement Conferences in Japan. (forthcoming)

Research Areas

  • Japanese Law
  • Law and Society
  • Comparative Law
  • Public Health Law
  • Bioethics
  • Tobacco
  • Law and Norms
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Vaccination Law/Policy/Ethics


Penn Law - Professor of Law (2006- ); Co-Director Penn Center for Asian Law (2014- ); Deputy Dean for International Affairs (2009-12); Assistant Professor (2001-2006); Penn - Bioethics, Senior Fellow - (2001-).

Institute for Law and Society, NYU - Associate Director (1996-2001)

Visiting Professor - Stanford University; Waseda University, Japan; Seikei University, Japan; Institut d'Etudes, Politiques de Paris; University of Trento, Italy; Georgetown Law Center

Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale - Health Policy Research Scholar (1994-96)

Trustee (elected) - Law and Society Association (2003-2006)

World Health Organization, Global Programme on AIDS/Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS - Consultant (1995-96)

Professional Activities

Editorial Board, Law and Social Inquiry (2011-13)

Editorial Advisory Board, Food and Drug Policy Report (2010- )

Editorial Board, Law and Society Review (2007-10)

Chair, Article Prize Committee, Law and Society Association (2010)

Planning Committee, Inaugural Meeting, Law and Society in East Asia, Hong Kong University (2010)

Member, Research Agenda Development Group on Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2008-9)


  • Law and Society in Japan
  • Torts
  • Law and Social Policy
  • Law and Science
  • Tobacco: Law, Policy, and Ethics
  • Public Health Law & Policy: Domestic & Global Perspectives

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