Boston University School of Law


kevin outterson

Kevin Outterson

Professor of Law
Professor of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights

BS, Northwestern University
JD, Northwestern University
University of Reading, Rotary Scholar
LLM, University of Cambridge

Full CV

Phone: 617.353.3103

  • Global Pharmaceutical Markets
  • Finance and Organization of Health Care Systems
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Poverty Tourism & Health Disparities
Recent Course topics:
  • Health Care Law
  • Food & Drug Law
  • Corporations
  • Health Care Transactions
  • Constitutional Health Care Litigation


Professor Kevin Outterson teaches health law and corporate law at Boston University, where he co-directs the Health Law Program, currently ranked #5 in the country by US News and World Report. He serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics; faculty co-advisor to the American Journal of Law & Medicine; past chair of the Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care of the AALS; and a member of the Board of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Before teaching, Professor Outterson was a partner at two major US law firms.

His research focuses on the organization and finance of the health sector. Areas of specialization include global pharmaceutical markets, particularly antibiotics and other antimicrobials that can degrade in usefulness over time through resistance. He received a grant from the European Union's Innovative Medicines Initiative to study business models and incentives for antibiotic development, and he leads an interdisciplinary project on the legal ecology of antimicrobial resistance, funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program on public health law. He is a faculty affiliate at the Harvard Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics and an appointed member of the Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control. Additionally, he was named a visiting fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chattam House, London, where he worked on global solutions to antibiotic resistance.

Another significant body of work critiques access and equity issues created by global patent and drug regulation laws. Key texts in this debate include the WTO TRIPS Agreement and related trade agreements.

Professor Outterson publishes in both legal journals (Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics; Cardozo Law Review; University of Pittsburgh Law Review; Kansas Law Review; American Journal of Law & Medicine) and peer-reviewed medical and health policy journals (New England Journal of Medicine; Health Affairs; Lancet Infectious Diseases; Environmental Philosophy; Medical Journal of Australia; Journal of Generic Medicines; Clinical Infectious Diseases; Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics). He blogs on health policy issues at, which is one of the leading health economics blogs in the US.

On behalf of The New England Journal of Medicine and other clients, Outterson filed an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court, supporting Vermont’s prescription privacy law. His work was cited by Justice Breyer in Sorrell v. IMS Health. A team led by Professors Outterson and Moncrieff at Boston University filed four amicus briefs supporting the Affordable Care Act, which was heard by the Court in the spring of 2012.

His academic papers can be found at


Selected Book chapters

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