Curriculum Vitae


Jonathan H. Marks obtained his M.A., B.C.L. (J.D., LL.M equivalent) from Oxford University.  He subsequently qualified as both a barrister and an accredited mediator.  He has over a decade of experience in legal practice, litigating and advising on issues of domestic, European and international law.  His expertise encompasses commercial regulation (including pharmaceutical regulation), environmental law, health law and human rights law. He represented Human Rights Watch in the Pinochet case in the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).  He also represented Dr Nancy Olivieri in her efforts to quash the European equivalent of an FDA new drug approval in the European Court of Justice. It was this case that sparked his interest in bioethics.


Before coming to the Bar, Jonathan Marks taught as a visitor at Worcester College, Oxford, King's College, London, and the University of New South Wales.  Since 2000, he has visited a number of institutions in the U.S., including the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law (where he developed courses on the law, ethics and policy of counterterrorism after 9/11).  From 2004-6, he was a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown University Law Center and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  He is now Associate Professor of Bioethics, Humanities, Law, and Philosophy at Penn State where he is also director of the Bioethics Program.  Jonathan was also a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard from 2009-15 (in residence, 2009-11).


Jonathan Marks' research interests and projects include:

  • the systemic ethics of industry-sponsored health research;
  • the ethics of public-private partnerships in global health;
  • institutional integrity and corruption in public health agencies;
  • the health and psycho-social implications of hydraulic fracturing;
  • the ethical implications of behavioral economics in public policy;
  • the tension between human rights and public health;
  • health ethics and human rights in detention and interrogation;
  • the ethical implications of national security and neuroscience.


Jonathan frequently teaches courses on Bioethics Theories and Methods (for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students); Public Health Ethics (including modules on food and environmental ethics); Neuroethics and Neurolaw; and Ethical Leadership.  He is currently co-designing a course on Science, Ethics, Policy, and Law.   He has taught many other courses on ethics, law, and policy, e.g. constitutional law, contract law, international trade, human rights, and the law and ethics of counterterrorism.

Conferences, Lecture Series, and Symposia

Jonathan was faculty advisor for the Rock Ethics Institute's Research Ethics Lecture Series, in which he gave a lecture entitled When We Dance...Mapping the Systemic Ethical Implications of the Research University's Relationships with Industry.  He also organized or co-organized a lecture series on food ethics (where lectured on The Future of Food Ethics); a symposium on industry funding on health- related food research; a lecture series on "Bioethics Without Borders"an exploratory workshop on industry-sponsored health-related food research; and an international neuroethics conference.