Curriculum Vitae


Jonathan H. Marks obtained his M.A., B.C.L. (J.D., LL.M equivalent) from Oxford University. He is a barrister and accredited mediator with experience litigating and advising on English, European, and international law. His expertise is in commercial regulation (including food and drugs), environmental law, health law, and human rights law. He represented Human Rights Watch in the Pinochet case in what is now the UK Supreme Court. He also represented Dr Nancy Olivieri in a landmark case on drug in the European Court of Justice. That case sparked his interest in bioethics.


Jonathan has taught at Oxford University (Worcester College); King's College, London; the University of New South Wales; University of Augsburg; Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; and UNC Law (Chapel Hill). He has held ethics fellowships at Georgetown Law, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard Universities. He is now director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State, where is affiliate faculty in Penn State Law, International Affairs, and Rock Ethics Institute. He was a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard from 2009-15 (in residence, 2009-11), and a member of its “Lab on Institutional Corruption.”


Jonathan’s 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’s teaching covers bioethics; food and environmental ethics; public health ethics, policy, and law; neuroethics and neurolaw; and ethical leadership and institutional crisis. He recently designed a course on science, ethics, policy, and law. He teaches undergrads, graduate, and professional students (including law and medical students). He has previously taught courses on 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 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 has 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.