John M. Conley

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  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Duke University (1980)
  • J.D. (Order of the Coif), Duke University (1977)
  • B.A., Harvard University (1971)

John M. Conley is William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Law at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a J.D. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Duke. He teaches civil procedure, intellectual property, biotechnology and the law, and a professional responsibility course that focuses on the empirical study of the legal profession.  He has written several books and numerous articles on law and language, professional and institutional culture, the law of intellectual property as applied to emerging technologies, and scientific evidence.  He is of counsel to the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson of Charlotte and Chapel Hill, NC, where he focuses on intellectual property, privacy, and international law.  He is also the editor of the blog The Privacy Report, and speaks regularly to audiences in the United States and internationally.

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  • Can Soft Regulation Prevent Financial Crises?: The Dutch Central Bank's Supervision of Behavior and Culture (with L. Smeehuijzen, C. Williams, and D. Rupp), 51 CORNELL INT'L L.J. 773 (2019).   [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Een Studie Naar Gedrags en Cultuurtoezicht Door DNB (with L. Smeehuijzen, C. Williams and D. Rupp), DUTCH J. FIN. L. (forthcoming 2019).
  • Introduction: A Lawyer’s Guide to CRISPR, 97 N.C. L. REV. 1041 (2019).  [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Is Real-Time ELSI Realistic? (with J. Cadigan, A. Davis, A. Prince, and G. Lazaro-Munoz), Amer. J. Bioethics Empirical (forthcoming 2019).
  • JUST WORDS: LAW, LANGUAGE, AND POWER (with W. O'Barr and R. Riner), (Univ. of Chicago Press, 3rd ed. 2019).
  • Supervision of Behavior and Culture by the Dutch Central Bank (with L. Smeehuijzen, C. Williams and D. Rupp), CORNELL INT'L L.J. (forthcoming 2019).
  • Is Enhancement the Price of Prevention in Human Gene Editing (with E. Juengst), 1 CRISPR J. 1 (2018). [Document Link]
  • Justice and Judgment Among the Whomever: An Anthropological Approach to Judging, 67 DUKE L.J. ONLINE 135 (2018). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, BEPress]
  • Recent Privacy Law Development with Major Implications for Medical and Scientific Research, 19 N.C. J.L. & TECH (forthcoming 2018).
  • Which Results to Return: Subjective Judgments in Selecting Medically Actionable Genes (with G. Lazaro-Munoz, et al), 3 J. GENETIC TESTING & MOLECULAR BIOMARKERS 184 (2017). [Document Link]
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