Wendy K. Mariner

Wendy K. Mariner

Professor of Law

Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights,
Boston University School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine,
Boston University School of Medicine

BA, Wellesley College
JD, Columbia University
LLM in Tax, New York University
MPH, Harvard University


Biography

Professor Wendy Mariner’s research focuses on laws governing health risks, including social and personal responsibility for risk creation in conceptions of insurance, as well as national health systems, including the Affordable Care Act and ERISA, health information privacy, and population health policy.

She has published more than 100 articles in the legal, medical and health policy literature on patients and consumers’ rights, health care reform, insurance benefits, insurance regulation, public health, AIDS policy, research with human beings, and reproductive rights, and co-authored the law school textbook, Public Health Law (with Ken Wing, George Annas, and Dan Strouse). She also serves as a Program Chair of the Program in Health Law & Human Rights, a joint project with the Public Health Regulations Analysis Center of the National School of Public Health of the New University of Lisbon. Currently, she serves on the Health Information Exchange-Health Information Technology Council Advisory Committee for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and chairs its Legal and Policy Workgroup. She is also a member of the Council of the American Bar Association’s Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section.

Professor Mariner has served on state, national, and international boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts Health Facilities Appeals Board, the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council Advisory Committee, the National Institutes of Health’s AIDS Policy Advisory Committee, Institute of Medicine Study Committees, the CIOMS/WHO Steering Committee for the International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects, and the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association. Her university activities have included serving as Chair of the Boston University Faculty Council, Co-Director of Regulatory Knowledge and Research Ethics of Boston University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and legal director for the Boston University School of Public Health project providing technical assistance to the Russian Federation in developing health reform legislation.

She has served as contributing editor for health law and ethics for the American Journal of Public Health and currently sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and Human Rights and the Global Economy. She and Professors Annas and Glantz have submitted amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court in cases involving health law issues, including the Affordable Care Act.

Publications

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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Shifting Standards of Judicial Review During the Coronavirus Pandemic in the United States 22 German Law Journal (2021)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The Affordable Care Act: Up for a Final Vote? 45 Human Rights Magazine (2020)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Voting Matters 45 Human Rights Magazine (2020)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, George J. Annas, Nicole Huberfeld & Michael Ulrich, Public Health Law, 3rd ed. (2019)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & Michael Ulrich, Quarantine and the Federal Role in Epidemics 71 Southern Methodist University Law Review (2018)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & George J. Annas, A Culture of Health and Human Rights 35 Health Affairs (2016)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Reconsidering Constitutional Protection for Health Information Privacy 18 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (2016)
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  • George J. Annas & Wendy K. Mariner, (Public) Health and Human Rights in Practice 41 Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (2016)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Beyond Lifestyle: Governing the Social Determinants of Health 42 American Journal of Law & Medicine (2016)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The Picture Begins to Assert Itself: Rules of Construction for Essential Health Benefits in Health Insurance Plans Subject to the Affordable Care Act 24 Annals of Health Law (2015)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & George J. Annas, Informed Consent and the First Amendment 372 The New England Journal of Medicine (2015)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Paternalism, Public Health, and Behavioral Economics: A Problematic Combination 46 Connecticut Law Review (2014)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & George J. Annas, Public Health Law, 2nd ed. (2014)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Health Insurance is Dead; Long Live Health Insurance 40 American Journal of Law & Medicine (2014)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Allocating responsibility for health care decisions under the United States Affordable Care Act 32 Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública (2014)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & George J. Annas, Limiting “Sugary Drinks” to Reduce Obesity — Who Decides? 368 The New England Journal of Medicine (2013)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Did Legal Education Fail Health Reform? And How Health Law Can Help 10 Indiana Health Law Review (2013)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, George J. Annas & Leonard H. Glantz, Reframing Federalism — The Affordable Care Act (and Broccoli) in the Supreme Court 367 The New England Journal of Medicine (2012)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The Affordable Care Act and Health Promotion: The Role of Insurance in Defining Responsibility for Health Risks and Costs 50 Duquesne Law Review (2012)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The Affordable Care Act Individual Coverage Requirement: Ways to Frame the Commerce Clause Issue 21 Annals of Health Law (2012)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & George J. Annas, Women and Children Last — The Predictable Effects of Proposed Federal Funding Cuts 364 The New England Journal of Medicine (2011)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, George J. Annas & Leonard H. Glantz, Can Congress Make You Buy Broccoli? And Why That's a Hard Question 363 New England Journal of Medicine (2011)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & George J. Annas, Health Insurance Politics in Federal Court 363 New England Journal of Medicine (2010)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Health Reform: What's Insurance Got to Do with It? Recognizing Health Insurance as a Separate Species of Insurance 36 American Journal of Law & Medicine (2010)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, George J. Annas & Wendy E. Parmet, Pandemic Preparedness: A Return to the Rule of Law 1 Drexel Law Review (2009)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Toward an Architecture of Health Law 35 American Journal of Law & Medicine (2009)
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  • Paula Lobato de Faria, Wendy K. Mariner & George J. Annas, Defining Health Law or the Edgewood Syndrome 25 Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública (2009)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Social Solidarity and Personal Responsibility in Health Reform 14 Connecticut Insurance Law Journal (2008)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & Paula Lobato de Faria, Law and Ethics in Rationing Access to Care in a High-Cost Global Economy (2008)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Social Solidarity and Personal Responsibility in Health Reform, in Law and Ethics in Rationing Access to Care in a High-Cost Global Economy (Wendy K. Mariner and Paula Lobato de Faria,2008)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Liability and Compensation for Injury of Research Subjects, in The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics (Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Christine C. Grady, Robert A. Crouch, Reidar K. Lie, Franklin G. Miller, and David D. Wendler Table of Contents,2008)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Mission Creep: Public Health Surveillance and Medical Privacy 87 Boston University Law Review (2007)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Medicine and Public Health: Crossing Legal Boundaries 10 Journal of Health Care Law and Policy (2007)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Law in the Name of Public Health: Ignoring Freedoms and Entitlements, in Progressive Lawyering, Globalization, and Markets: Rethinking Ideology and Strategy (Clare Dalton,2007)
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  • Kenneth R. Wing, Wendy K. Mariner, George J. Annas & Daniel S. Strouse, Public Health Law (2007)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The Role of Law in Controlling Epidemics: Lessons from TB, HIV and SARS, in The Role of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights to Promote a Safer and Healthier World (Paula Lobato de Faria,2006)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Law and Public Health: Beyond Emergency Preparedness 38 Journal of Health Law (2005)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, George J. Annas & Leonard H. Glantz, Jacobson v Massachusetts: It's Not Your Great-Great-Grandfather's Public Health Law 95 American Journal of Public Health (2005)
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  • James Sabin, Robert Famelli, Helen Flaherty, Nawfal Istfan, Wendy K. Mariner, Janet Nally Barnes, Janey S.A. Pratt, Laura Rossi & Patricia Samour, Best Practice Guidelines on Informed Consent for Weight Loss Surgery Patients 13 Obesity Research (2005)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The Supreme Court's Limitation of Managed-Care Liability 351 The New England Journal of Medicine (2004)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Can Consumer-Choice Plans Satisfy Patients? Problems with Theory and Practice in Health Insurance Contracts 69 Brooklyn Law Review (2004)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Public Health and Law: Past and Future Visions 28 Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (2003) (book review)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Taking Informed Consent Seriously in Global HIV Vaccine Research 32 Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (2003)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Independent External Review of Health Maintenance Organizations' Medical-Necessity Decisions 347 The New England Journal of Medicine (2002)
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  • Randall R. Bovbjerg, Wendy K. Mariner & Laurie A. Martinelli, Legal Liability and Managed Care 23 Journal of Public Health Policy (2002)
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  • Medical Error Reporting: Professional Tensions Between Confidentiality & Liability
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Legal Issues in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment in the Russian Federation – Summary and Conclusions of the Boston University HIV/AIDS Project (2001)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & Frank G. Feeley, The Role of Law in Russian Health Reform: Report to the United States Agency for International Development (2001)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Slouching Toward Managed Care Liability: Reflections on Doctrinal Boundaries, Paradigm Shifts, and Incremental Reform 29 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (2001)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The Merger Between Public Health and Health Law – The US Situation, in European Health Forum Gastein 2000: Congress Report (2001)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The Search for Public Health Ethics 5 Leadership in Public Health (2000)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, What Recourse?—Liability for Managed Care Decisions and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act 343 New England Journal of Medicine (2000)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Common Law of Human Experimentation, in Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Biotechnology (Thomas H. Murray and Maxwell J. Mehlman,2000)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Standards of Care and Standard Form Contracts: Distinguishing Patient Rights and Consumer Rights in Managed Care 15 The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy (1999)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Going Hollywood with Patient Rights in Managed Care 281 Journal of the American Medical Association (1999)
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  • Leonard H. Glantz, George J. Annas, Michael A. Grodin & Wendy K. Mariner, Taking Benefits Seriously in Developing Countries 28 The Hastings Center (1998)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Physician Assisted Suicide and the Supreme Court: Putting the Constitutional Claim to Rest 87 American Journal of Public Health (1997)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Public Confidence in Public Health Research Ethics 112 Public Health Reports (1997)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, State Regulation of Managed Care and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act 335 New England Journal of Medicine (1996)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Liability for Managed Care Decisions: The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Uneven Playing Field 86 American Journal of Public Health (1996)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Research in Emergency Care Without Consent: New Proposed FDA Rules 246 The Lancet (1995)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, AIDS Phobia, Public Health Warnings, and Lawsuits: Deterring Harm or Rewarding Ignorance? 85 American Journal of Public Health (1995)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Rationing Health Care and the Need for Credible Scarcity: Why American's Can't Say No 85 American Journal of Public Health (1995)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Business vs. Medical Ethics: Conflicting Standards for Managed Care 23 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (1995)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Liability and Compensation for Adverse Reactions to HIV Vaccines, in Adverse Reactions to HIV Vaccines: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Issues (U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment,1995)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Patients' Rights After Health Care Reform: Who Decides What is Medically Necessary? 84 American Journal of Public Health (1994)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Patients' Rights to Care Under Clinton's Health Security Act: The Structure of Reform 84 American Journal of Public Health (1994)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Compensation for Research Injuries, in 2 Women and Health Research: Ethical and Legal Issues of Including Women in Clinical Studies, v.2 (Anna C. Mastroianni, Ruth Faden, and Daniel Federman,1994)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Outcomes Assessment in Health Care Reform: Promise and Limitations 20 American Journal of Law & Medicine (1994)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Distinguishing "Exploitable" from "Vulnerable" Populations: When Consent Is Not The Issue, in Ethics and Research on Human Subjects: International Guidelines (Z. Bankowski and R.J. Levine,1993)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Problems with Employer-Provided Health Insurance — The Employee Retirement Income Security Act and Health Care Reform 327 New England Journal of Medicine (1992)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The Supreme Court, Abortion, and the Jurisprudence of Class 82 American Journal of Public Health (1992)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Legislative Report: The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program 11 Health Affairs (1992)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Mum's the Word: The Supreme Court and Family Planning 82 American Journal of Public Health (1992)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, AIDS Research and the Nuremberg Code, in The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code: Human Rights in Human Experimentation (George J. Annas and Michael A Grodin,1992)
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  • Leonard H. Glantz, Wendy K. Mariner & George J. Annas, Risky Business: Setting Public Health Policy for HIV-Infected Health Care Professionals 70 The Milbank Quarterly (1992)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Report for Recommendation 91-4: Innovation and Challenge: The First Year of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (1991)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The Ethical Conduct of Clinical Trials of HIV Vaccines 14 Evaluation Review (1990)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, New FDA Drug Approval Policies and HIV Vaccine Development 80 American Journal of Public Health (1990)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Leonard H. Glantz & George J. Annas, Pregnancy, Drugs, and the Perils of Prosecution 9 Criminal Justice Ethics (1990)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the United States: A Preliminary Overview, in Trends in Product Liability Law and No-Fault Compensation for Drug Induced Injuries (Sheila R. Shulman & Louis Lasagna,1990)
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  • George J. Annas, Leonard H. Glantz & Wendy K. Mariner, The Right of Privacy Protects the Doctor-Patient Relationship 263 Journal of the American Medical Association (1990)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Equitable Access to Biomedical Advances: Getting Beyond the Rights Impasse 21 Connecticut Law Review (1989)
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  • George J. Annas, Leonard H. Glantz & Wendy K. Mariner, Amici for Appellees: Brief for Bioethicists for Privacy as Amicus Curiae Supporting Appelles Brief for Bioethicists for Privacy as Amicus Curiae Supporting Appellees 15 American Journal of Law & Medicine (1989)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Why Clinical Trials of AIDS Vaccines Are Premature 79 American Journal of Public Health (1989)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Informed Consent in the Post-Modern Era 13 Law & Social Inquiry (1988)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, La reglementation de la recherche biomedicale aux Etats Unis: le cas de l'experimentation sur l'embryon, in Expérimentation Biomédicale et Droits de l'Homme (Julia Iliopoulos-Strangas,1988)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Social Goals and Doctors' Roles: Commentary on the Essays of Robert M. Cook-Deegan and Stuart F. Spicker, in The Physician as Captain of the Ship (Nancy M. P. King, Larry R. Churchill & Alan W. Cross,1988)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Compensation Programs for Vaccine-Related Injury Abroad: A Comparative Analysis 31 Saint Louis University Law Journal (1987)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & Robert C. Gallo, Getting to Market: The Scientific and Legal Climate for Developing an AIDS Vaccine 15 Law, Medicine & Health Care (1987)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Access to Health Care and Equal Protection of the Law: The Need for a New Heightened Scrutiny 12 American Journal of Law & Medicine (1986)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner & Mary E. Clark, Confronting the Immunization Problem: Proposals for Compensation Reform 76 American Journal of Public Health (1986)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Prospective Payment for Hospital Services: Social Responsibility and the Limits of Legal Standards 17 Cumberland Law Review (1986)
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  • Wendy K. Mariner, Comparison of Compensation Programs for Vaccine Injury (1986)
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In the Media

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  • National Center for Biotechnology Information January 30, 2024

    Women and Health Research: Ethical and Legal Issues of including Women in Clinical Studies: Volume 2: Workshop and Commissioned Papers.

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  • Truthdig November 20, 2023

    For Participants Harmed in Clinical Trials, an Imperfect Safety Net

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  • The Science Advisory Board April 18, 2023

    Boston University Professor Says Texas Decision to End Mifepristone Access Contradicts Medical Opinion

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  • AP News October 20, 2022

    Fact Focus: States, Not CDC, Set School Vaccine Requirements

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  • Head Topics September 19, 2022

    Crisis Pregnancy Centers Are at the Center of a Renewed Debate over Abortion Rights

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  • Today August 15, 2022

    Could IUDs be Banned Post-Roe? Some Women Are Replacing Them Early

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  • TODAY May 3, 2022

    Why Overturning Roe v. Wade Would Threaten Access to Birth Control

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  • Vida November 9, 2021

    Q&A on Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccine-or-Test Rule

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  • PolitiFact October 6, 2021

    Few Religions Ban Vaccination, but That Counts Little for Religious Exemptions

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  • The LA Times September 10, 2021

    Here’s Why Biden’s Vaccine Mandate is Right — and Should Stand Up to Legal Challenges

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  • Self Magazine August 17, 2021

    What Is HIPAA? Read This Before You Use HIPAA as an Excuse to Complain About Vaccine Requirements

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  • Legal News July 23, 2021

    Police Reform, Cryptocurrency, Voter Suppression Among Highlights at ABA Annual Meeting Aug. 4-10

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  • Bloomberg Law March 18, 2021

    Covid Shot Stampede Prompts Biden HHS to Retain Injury Payments

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  • USA Today January 20, 2021

    Joe Biden Ran on Bringing Back Normalcy. With COVID, Riots and a Looming Impeachment Trial, that Task Just Got Tougher

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  • Courthouse News Service June 15, 2020

    World Leaders Practice Science Communication During Pandemic

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