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Ani  Satz


Jointly Appointed, Health Policy and Management

Ani B. Satz, a regulatory health lawyer and philosopher, is an expert in health and disability law, policy, and ethics. Satz's work addresses some of the most important legal, social, and ethical issues of our time, including access to health care services, medical privacy, fragmentation in health care delivery, patient choice, and disability accommodation and discrimination in health care and beyond.

From 2018-21, Satz served a three-year administrative term as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past-President of the University Senate and Chair-Elect, Chair, and Immediate Past-Chair of the University Faculty Council.

Satz is project leader of the Health Law, Policy & Ethics Project, and, in addition to public health appointment, is a professor at Emory Law School, a senior faculty fellow at the Center for Ethics, and an affiliated professor at the Goizueta Business School. She has taught ten different courses at Emory and currently teaches Health Law, torts, and a seminar on animal law. Her research and teaching are united around a central theme of the legal response to vulnerability and governmental obligations to promote well-being for both human and non-human animals.

Satz's most recent scholarship examines the role of regulation in shaping health care outcomes, guarding the medical privacy of injured workers, and protecting animals used in exhibition or experimentation or bred for commercial sale. Her work has appeared in books, peer-reviewed journals, and law reviews. Her scholarship is published in journals including the Michigan Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Indiana Law Journal, Washington Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, and Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. Satz and her research have been featured by Time Magazine, CNN, National Public Radio, The Christian Science MonitorThe Huffington Post, and other media outlets.

Satz was a Fulbright Postgraduate Research Scholar at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tulsa. She holds a JD from the University of Michigan School of Law and a PhD in philosophy from Monash University, which she completed while a fellow at Princeton University. Before coming to Emory, Professor Satz lectured at Yale University in the Philosophy Department and the Ethics, Politics and Economics Program, as well as at Monash University Medical School. She also clerked for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Satz served as 2017 Chair of the Section on Animal Law, 2014 Chair of the Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care, and 2009 chair of the Section on Disability Law of the Association of American Law Schools. She was a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center Fall 2010.

In 2016, Satz became an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Education: JD, University of Michigan; PhD, Monash University (completed at Princeton University); BA (Hons.), University of Tulsa

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Areas of Interest

  • Behavior and Health
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Climate and Health
  • Community Based Research
  • Community Health & Development
  • Environmental Health
  • Epigenetics
  • Evaluation
  • Food Safety
  • Genetic Association Studies
  • Genetics
  • Global Health
  • Governance
  • Health Administration
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Health Communication
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Law
  • Health Outcomes
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health Leadership
  • Public Health Policy
  • Public Health Practice
  • Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • Vaccines
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Women’s Health


  • J.D 2001, University of Michigan School of Law
  • Ph.D 2001, Monash University
  • Ph.D. 2001, Princeton University
  • B.A. 1994, University of Tulsa

Affiliations & Activities


EMORY UNIVERSITY, Atlanta, Georgia

Professor, School of Law and Rollins School of Public Health, 2015-present; Associate Professor, School of Law and Rollins School of Public Health, 2006-15; Assistant Professor, School of Law and Rollins School of Public Health, 2003-2006

Project Leader, Project on Health Law, Policy & Ethics, 2003-present

Affiliated Professor, Goizueta Business School, 2015-present, Affiliated Associate Professor, Goizueta Business School, 2012-15

Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Ethics, 2009-present

Faculty Fellow, Emory Global Health Initiative, 2017-present

Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Laney Graduate School, 2010-present

Courses: Animal Law, Disability and Discrimination, Disability Law, Genetics and the Law, Health Law, Health Law and Ethics in Narrative, Law and Vulnerability (with Martha Fineman), Torts, and What We Owe to Animals. A number of my courses are cross-listed in the Masters in Bioethics, Graduate Human Rights Certificate, and Sustainability Minor programs.