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Eric A. Feldman

Professor of Law

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, HIV/AIDS, and natural and nuclear disasters. Continue reading…


  • Japanese Law
  • Health Law
  • Law and Society
  • Torts
  • Comparative Law


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BLOOD FEUDS: AIDS, BLOOD, AND THE POLITICS OF MEDICAL DISASTER (with Ronald Bayer ed., Oxford Univ. Press 1999).
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Articles and Book Chapters

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).

Suing Doctors in Japan: Structure, Culture, and the Rise of Malpractice Litigation, in FAULT LINES: TORT LAW AS CULTURAL PRACTICE (Michael McCann and David Engel, eds., Stanford: Stanford University Press, 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).).

Law, Culture, and Conflict: Dispute Resolution in Postwar Japan, in LAW IN JAPAN: A TURNING POINT? (Daniel Foote ed., University of Washington Press, 2007).

New Lower Nicotine Cigarettes Produce Compensatory Smoking and Increased Carbon Monoxide Exposure, 86 DRUG & ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE 294 (2007) (with Andrew A. Strasser, Caryn Lerman, Paul M. Sanborn, and Wallace B. Pickworth).

The Tuna Court: Law and Norms in the World’s Premier Fish Market, 94 CAL. L. REV. (2006).

The Culture of Legal Change: A Case Study of Tobacco Control in 21st Century Japan, 27 MICH. J. INT’L L. (2006).

Lessons from the Comparative Study of Tobacco Control, in UNFILTERED: CONFLICTS OVER TOBACCO POLICY AND PUBLIC HEALTH (with Ronald Bayer, ed., Harvard Univ. Press 2004).

The Limits of Tolerance: Cigarettes, Politics, and Society in Japan, in UNFILTERED: CONFLICTS OVER TOBACCO POLICY AND PUBLIC HEALTH (with Ronald Bayer, ed., Harvard Univ. Press 2004).

Legal Reform and Medical Malpractice Litigation in Japan: Justice, Policy, and the Expert Witness System, 76 HORITSU JIHO 16 (2004). (in Japanese).

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

A Comparative Look at Tobacco Control: The Law, Politics, and Ethics of Smoking in the US and Japan, 22 REV. ASIAN & PAC. STUD. (Oct. 2001).

Blood Justice: Courts, Conflict, and Compensation in Japan, France, and the US, 34 LAW & SOC'Y REV. 651 (2000).

HIV and Blood in Japan: Transforming Private Conflict into Public Scandal, in BLOOD FEUDS: AIDS, BLOOD, AND THE POLITICS OF MEDICAL DISASTER (with Ronald Bayer ed., Oxford Univ. Press 1999).

Testing the Force: HIV, the Military, and Human Rights in Australia, 13 AIDS & PUB. POL'Y J. 85 (1998).

Rapid Self-Testing for HIV Infection (M. Merson, E. Feldman, R. Bayer, J. Stryker), 349 THE LANCET 352 (1997).

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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