John Martin 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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  • Een Studie Naar Gedrags en Cultuurtoezicht Door DNB (with L. Smeehuijzen, C. Williams and D. Rupp), DUTCH J. FIN. L. (forthcoming 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). [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]
  • Diversity and Talent at the Top: Lessons from the Boardroom (L. L. Broome, K. D. Krawiec, J. M. Conley), in DIVERSITY IN PRACTICE: RACE, GENDER AND CLASS IN LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL CAREERS (Cambridge University Press, 2016). [K120 .D58 2016]
  • Fixing Finance 2.0 (with C. Williams), in RESHAPING MARKETS: ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE, THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS AND LIBERAL UTOPIA (B. Lomfeld, A. Somma, & P. Zumbansen eds.) (Cambridge Univ. Press 2016). [K487.E3 R469 2016]
  • Legal Discourse, in HANDBOOK OF LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY (N. Bonvillain ed.) (Routledge 2016). [P35 .R682 2016]
  • The Empty Performative?: Informed Consent to Genetic Research (with J. Cadigan and A. Davis), in DISCURSIVE CONSTRUCTIONS OF CONSENT IN THE LEGAL PROCESS (S. Ehrlich, D. Eades, and J. Ainsworth eds.) (Oxford Univ. Press 2016). [K579.I6 D57 2016]
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