Warren Distinguished Professors

The William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professorship was established in 2008 to recognize Boston University’s most distinguished faculty. Named in honor of BU’s first president, the award is the highest distinction bestowed upon senior faculty members who remain actively involved in research, scholarship, teaching, and the University’s civic life. Nominations for this award are traditionally due each October, with honorees selected and announced by the University President the following year.

George J. Annas (2009)

School of Public Health, Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights

Warren-Professor-Annas1George Annas is Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights in the Boston University School of Public Health, and Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine, and School of Law. A member of the BU faculty since 1972, and an internationally renowned expert on patient rights, he is the cofounder of Global Lawyers and Physicians, a transnational professional association of lawyers and physicians working together to promote human rights and health. He is the author or editor of 16 books on health law and bioethics and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Health Rights and Bioethics, and a member of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies.


Wendy Gordon (2011)

School of Law, Legal Instruction

Warren-Professor-GordonWendy Gordon has taught at the School of Law since 1993. Her work emphasizes that our legal environment must cultivate the exchange of ideas, expression and information for everyone – not only established players in various industries. Renowned for her application of philosophy and economics to copyright and related common-law areas and for her work on fair use, she has published on four continents, received numerous honors and grants and speaks to audiences all over the world. She has been a Fulbright scholar and a visiting senior research fellow at Oxford University and is a recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Fellowship in the Humanities. Three U.S. Supreme Court opinions cite her scholarship, and Japan’s University of Hokkaido has taught a seminar devoted to her work.


Keith N. Hylton (2013)

School of Law, Law and Economics

warren-professorship-keith-hylton-headshotKeith Hylton has been a member of the LAW faculty since 1995, and previously was a tenured professor at Northwestern University School of Law. He is a prolific scholar who is widely recognized for his work across a broad spectrum of topics in law and economics, including labor law, tort law, antitrust, intellectual property, civil procedure, and empirical legal analysis. He has published four books and nearly 100 articles in numerous law journals, and serves as a contributing editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, co-editor of Competition Policy International and editor of the Social Science Research Network’s Torts, Products Liability and Insurance Law Abstracts. He has held a number of leadership positions in various legal organizations, and on campus he is highly respected for his dedication to teaching and advising.