Wendy K. Mariner, JD, LLM, MPH
Emeritus Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management
Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights

JD, Columbia University
MPH, Harvard University
LLM, New York University School of Law
BA, Wellesley College

Professor Mariner is Professor Emerita, Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, at Boston University School of Public Health. Until 2021, she was the Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law at Boston University School of Public Health, Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, and Professor of Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She served as Professor in the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy & Management, and Director of the JD-MPH dual degree program at Boston University School of Public Health. Professor Mariner’s research focuses on laws governing health risks, including social and personal responsibility for risk creation, voting and elections as a social determinant of health, health insurance systems, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, health information privacy, and population health policy. She has co-authored three editions of the law school textbook, PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, Third Edition (Wendy Mariner, George J Annas, Nicole Huberfeld & Michael Ulrich, 2019), Second Edition (Wendy Mariner & George J Annas, 2014), and First Edition (Ken Wing, Wendy Mariner, George Annas & Dan Strouse, 2007), and published more than 100 articles in the legal, medical and health policy literature on public health law, patients and consumers’ rights, health care reform, insurance benefits and regulation, AIDS policy, immunization, research with human beings, and reproductive rights. Professor Mariner is a member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness. She served as chair of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (2019-2020) and currently chairs its Task Force on Fair Elections and Voting Rights. She served as a member of the ABA Task Force on Legal Issues in the Coronavirus Pandemic (2019-2021) and the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law. Professor Mariner also serves as Program Chair of the Program in Health Law & Human Rights, a joint project with the Public Health Regulations Analysis Center of the National School of Public Health of the New University of Lisbon. She has served on state, national, and international boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts Health Facilities Appeals Board, the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council Advisory Committee, the Massachusetts Health Information Technology Council Advisory Committee; the National Institutes of Health AIDS Advisory Committee, the Committee for the International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects, the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, and Institute of Medicine committees. Her university activities included serving as Chair of the Boston University Faculty Council and ex officio member of the Trustees of Boston University, Co-Director of Regulatory Knowledge and Research Ethics of Boston University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and member of the Boston University Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion and other university committees. She was the American Journal of Public Health's Contributing Editor for Health Law and Ethics and currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and the Human Rights and the Global Economy. With health law colleagues, she has submitted amicus curiae briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States in cases involving health law issues, including the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

Boston University School of Law

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program UL1
05/01/2008 - 04/30/2013 (Key Person)
PI: David M. Center, MD
NIH/National Center for Health Research Resources


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  1. Mariner WK. Science v. Ideology in Court: Mifepristone and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ann Intern Med. 2023 Jun; 176(6):857-858. PMID: 37068280
  2. Wendy Mariner. Shifting Standards of Judicial Review during the Coronavirus Pandemic in the United States. German Law Journal. 2021; 22(6):1039-1059. View Publication
  3. Wendy K Mariner. The Affordable Care Act: Up for a Final Vote?. Human Rights. 2020; 45(4):2-5.
  4. Wendy K Mariner. Voting Matters. Human Rights. 2020; 45(1):1.
  5. WK Mariner, GJ Annas, N Huberfeld, MR Ulrich. Public Health Law. Carolina Academic Press. Durham, NC. 2019; 1-827. View Publication
  6. WK Mariner, GJ Annas, N Huberfeld, M Ulrich. Public Health Law, Third Edition, Teachers Manual. Carolina Academic Press. Durham NC. 2019; 1 - 104.
  7. Michael R. Ulrich & Wendy K. Mariner. Quarantine and the Federal Role in Epidemics. Southern Methodist University Law Review. 2018; 71(2):391-444. View Publication
  8. Wendy K. Mariner. Medicaid Waivers, Work Requirements, and Administrative Discretion. Jurist. 2018. View Publication
  9. Wendy K. Mariner. Whither Health Insurance Now?. Health Affairs Blog. 2018. View Publication
  10. Mariner WK, Annas GJ. A Culture Of Health And Human Rights. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Nov 01; 35(11):1999-2004.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27834239
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For Volunteers Harmed in Clinical Trials, an Imperfect Safety Net

The Good Men Project 12/1/2023

For Participants Harmed in Clinical Trials, an Imperfect Safety Net

Truth Dig 11/20/2023

Could IUDs be banned post-Roe? Some women are replacing them early

TODAY 7/19/2022

Why overturning Roe v. Wade would threaten access to birth control

TODAY 5/3/2022

Few religions ban vaccination, but that counts little for religious exemptions

Politifact 10/6/2021

Will Joe Biden’s vaccination requirements hold up in court?

PolitiFact 9/15/2021

What Is HIPAA? Read This Before You Use HIPAA as an Excuse to Complain About Vaccine Requirements

SELF 8/17/2021

SPH’s Shine Lecture to Focus on the High Prices of America’s Emergency Rooms

BU Today 2/10/2021

Joe Biden ran on bringing back normalcy. With COVID, riots and a looming impeachment trial, that task just got tougher

USA Today 1/18/2021

How Will Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court Impact Public Health?

BU Today 10/30/2020

“The Democrats are pushing for an implanted microchip in humans, and everyone to be vaccinated.”

PolitiFact 4/23/2020

Government intrusions on civil liberties during pandemic raise risks, rewards

USA Today 4/9/2020

What the 1918 influenza pandemic can teach governments about coronavirus

CNBC 3/19/2020

Mulling the Allure and Peril of State Power Amid Covid-19

Undark Magazine 3/16/2020

Boston Experts: We Need to Scale Up Coronavirus Testing Now

BU Today 3/13/2020

Would Italian-Style Lockdowns to Curtail the Spread of Coronavirus Pass Legal Muster in the U.S.

Reason 3/11/2020

Coronavirus Quarantine: For Some, Missing Work Could Be Financially ‘Crushing’

NBC 3/9/2020

Could the US Contain a Coronavirus Outbreak?

WIRED 2/25/2020

Startups are selling you pills through Instagram. Why don’t they say which ones?

Vox 9/25/2019

Mass. ‘not immune’ to ripple effect of health care law ruling

The Boston Globe 12/17/2018

Supreme Court considers speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers

Desert News 3/20/2018

2014 American Bar Foundation: Fellow
2012 Boston University: Boston University Faculty Council Inaugural Lectureship Award
2012 Indiana University: McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Award for Excellence in Law & Medicine
2011 Boston University: Boston University Scholar/United Methodist Teaching Award
2008 St. Louis University School of Law: Distinguished Speaker Award and Lecture
2008 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics: Jay Healey Distinguished Health Law Teacher Award
1999 Boston University School of Public Health: Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching
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Affordable Care Act
Health Information Privacy
Health Insurance
Health Law
Public Health
Risk Regulation
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