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Joanna Sax

Professor of Law
Co-Director, Institute of Health Law Studies

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine [Cell and Molecular Biology]
B.S., University of Wisconsin [Zoology]
Contracts; Law, Science and Medicine; Health Law; Trusts & Estates

In fall 2016, Professor Sax will be a visiting faculty member at the James E. Rogers College of Law – University of Arizona.

Professor Sax’s research is at the nexus of law and science.  Her articles address ways to incentivize the advancement of science and protect scientific inquiry and innovation.  Professor Sax analyzes and questions policies that create barriers to basic science research, mostly by focusing on NIH funded research.  In addition to basic research, Professor Sax has a strong interest in the translation of advances in basic science.  In this vein, Professor Sax is widely recognized for her work on the food policy, particularly FDA regulation of dietary supplements and genetically engineered food. 

Professor Sax combines her education with her legal background in her research and teaching.  She has a JD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her PhD is in Cell and Molecular Biology.  After law school, Professor Sax was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP.  She is admitted to practice in California and the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Sax co-directs the Institute of Health Law Studies.  She has an appointment as a voluntary clinical instructor at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences.  Professor Sax served as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at CWSL for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

While Professor Sax’s core teaching interests mirror her research, she also enjoys teaching first year students.  In 2015, Professor Sax authored an innovative online casebook for Contracts.  This casebook is published by ChartaCourse, which provides an interactive online environment at an attractively low cost to students.

View Professor Sax's SSRN Author Page.

Recent Publications

  • Joanna K. Sax, The GMO Debate, Tex. A&M L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Contours of GMO Regulation and Labeling, 19 SMU Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 413 (2017).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Biotechnology and Consumer Decision-Making, 47 Seton Hall L. Rev. 433 (2017).
  • Joanna K. Sax & Neal Doran, Food Labeling and Consumer Associations with Health, Safety and Environment, 44 J.L. Med. & Ethics 680 (2016).
  • Steven H. Strauss & Joanna K. Sax, An End to Event-Based Regulation of GMO Crops, 34 Nature Biotechnology 474 (2016).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Dietary Supplements are Not all Safe and Not all Food: How the Low Cost of Dietary Supplements Preys on the Consumer, 41 Am. J.L. & Med. 374 (2015).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Contracts (2015) (including a teacher’s manual).
  • Joanna K. Sax, The Separation of Politics and Science, 7 Stan. J.L. Sci. & Pol’y 10 (2014).
  • Joanna K. Sax, The Tobacco Diaries: Lessons Learned and Applied to Regulation of Dietary Supplements, 73 Md. L. Rev. Endnotes 20 (2013).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Application of Default Rules to Address Financial Conflicts of Interest in Academic Medical Centers, 87 Ind. L.J. Supp. 53 (2012).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Financial Conflicts of Interest in Science, 21 Loy. Annals Health L. 291 (2012).
  • Joanna K. Sax & Neal M. Doran, Evaluation of Academic Scientists' Responses to Situations that Pose a Conflict of Interest, 12 Cancer Biology & Therapy 4 (2011).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Protecting Scientific Integrity: The Commercial Speech Doctrine Applied to Industry Publications, 37 Am. J.L. & Med. 203 (2011).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Access to Prescription Drugs: A Normative Economic Approach to Pharmacist Conscience Clause Legislation, 63 Me. L. Rev. 89 (2010).