John Martin Conley

William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Law


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

Since joining the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1983, John Conley's principal research and teaching interests have been in law and social science, and intellectual property law.

After serving as a scuba diver with the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, Conley received his J.D. in 1977 and a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1980 from Duke University. He was editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal and was elected to The Order of the Coif. He practiced law in Boston and in Charlotte, N.C., for six years, specializing in civil litigation. He also served as an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School.

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  • The Cultural Reform of Banking (with C. Williams), 39 J. CORPORATION L. (forthcoming).
  • The Empty Performative?: Informed Consent to Genetic Research (with J. Cadigan and A. Davis), in COERCION AND CONSENT IN THE LEGAL PROCESS (S. Ehrlich, D. Eades, and J. Ainsworth eds.) (Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming).
  • The Social Reform of Banking, in RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT BANKING: RISK MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORKS AND SOFT LAW STANDARDS (K. Wendt ed.) (Springer forthcoming).
  • LEGAL-LAY COMMUNICATION: TEXTUAL TRAVELS IN THE LAW (Chris Heffer, Frances Rock and John Conley, eds.) (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013). [K487.L36 L44 2013]
  • The Danger of Difference: Tensions in Directors' Views of Corporate Board Diversity (K. Krawiec, J. Conley, L. Broome), 2013 U. ILL. L. REV. 919 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Discourse of DNA: Giving Informed Consent to Genetic Research (with J. Cadigan et al), in LEGAL-LAY COMMUNICATION: TEXTUAL TRAVELS IN THE LAW 247 (C. Heffer, F. Rock and J. Conley, eds.) (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013). [K487.L36 L44 2013]
  • The United States: ‘With Freedom and Liberty for All’ (Saule Omarova, Cynthia Williams, Lissa Broome & John Conley), in BANKING SYSTEMS IN THE CRISIS: THE FACES OF LIBERAL CAPITALISM (Suzanne J. Konzelmann & Marc Fovargue-Davies eds.) (Routledge 2013) [HG1573 .B368 2013]
  • Trends in The Social [Ir]responsibility of American Multinational Corporations: Increased Power, Diminished Accountability (with C. Williams), 25 FORDHAM ENVTL L. REV. 46 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • A Trade Secret Model for Genomic Biobanking (with R. Mitchell, R. J. Cadigan, A. M. Davis, A.W. Dobson, and R.Q. Gladden), 40 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 612 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Practical Responses to Data Privacy Developments in the U. S. and EU (Part 1), (with R. Bryan), WESTLAW J. COMPUTER & INTERNET, Sept. 21, 2012, at 1.  Reprinted at WESTLAW J. INS. BAD FAITH at 3, Nov. 13, 2012. [Westlaw]
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