John A. Robertson

  • Vinson & Elkins Chair


  • JD Harvard
  • AB Dartmouth

John A. Robertson holds the Vinson and Elkins Chair at The University of Texas School of Law at Austin. He has written and lectured widely on law and bioethical issues. He is the author of two books in bioethics The Rights of the Critically Ill (1983) and Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies (1994), and numerous articles on reproductive rights, genetics, organ transplantation, and human experimentation. He has served on or been a consultant to many national bioethics advisory bodies, and is currently Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Recent Publications

  • Legal Change and Stigma in Surrogacy and Abortion [Symposium: Intersections in Reproduction: Perspectives on Abortion and Assisted Reproductive Technology], 43 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 192 (2015).
  • Science Disputes in Abortion Law [Symposium: Science Challenges for Law and Policy], 93 Texas Law Review 1849 (2015).
  • [Op-Ed] Is Open Carry a Constitutional Right?, Austin American-Statesman, February 12, 2015, at A11.

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