Dov Fox

Professor of Law
Director, Center for Health Law Policy & Bioethics

  • LLM, 2013, Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD, 2010, Yale Law School
  • DPhil, 2007, Oxford University
  • AB, 2004, Harvard College

Areas of Expertise

Professor Fox teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law and procedure, health law and bioethics, and the regulation of technology.

Professional Experience

Fox served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also worked at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company; and the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice. Fox is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post and contributor to the Bill of Health blog. He serves on advisory boards of the American Constitution Society and Appellate Defenders, the non-profit law firm that administers all appointed counsel for indigent defendants in California's Fourth Appellate District. Fox consults on National Institutes of Health projects about genomic privacy, translational medicine, and biomedical research ethics. He has addressed legal and medical audiences around the world, including as the keynote speaker at the 2017 World Life Sciences Conference.

Honors and Affiliations

Fox was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate in political theory and served as lecturer in politics and philosophy. He then received a Soros Fellowship for New Americans to attend Yale Law School. All three years there, the faculty awarded him the Gruter Prize for best paper in law and the biosciences. He was also twice recognized for teaching excellence and served as projects editor for the Yale Law Journal. Fox's work has been featured in CNN, ABC, NPR, BBC, Reuter’s, Bloomberg, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. He was selected as a Life Science Catalyst Award winner for his "significant contributions to human health through research, discovery, and entrepreneurship." His current book project, Birth Rights and Wrongs (under contract with Oxford University Press), sets forth a new way of thinking about reproductive controversies through the lens of technological advances that have driven legal change over American history.

Key Works

Fox's publications include “Reproductive Negligence” in 117 Columbia Law Review 149 (2017); “Constitutional Retroactivity in Criminal Procedure” in 91 Washington Law Review 463 (with Stein) (2016); “Religion and the Unborn under the First Amendment” in Law, Religion, and Health in America (2016); “Selective Procreation in Public and Private Law” in 64 UCLA Law Review 294 (2016); “Dualism and Doctrine” in 90 Indiana Law Journal 975 (with Stein) (2015); “Race Sorting in Family Formation” in 49 Family Law Quarterly 57 (2015); “The State's Interest in Potential Life” in 43 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 345 (2015); “Interest Creep” in 82 George Washington Law Review 273 (2014); “Neuro-Voir Dire and the Architecture of Bias” in 65 Hastings Law Journal 999 (2014); and “Racial Classification in Assisted Reproduction” in 118 Yale Law Journal 1844 (2009).

Spring 2018 Classes

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Contact Information

Guadalupe Hall 114
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2279
dovfox@sandiego.edu

Online Resources

Website
Blog
Publications on SSRN

Assistant

Karin Spidel
(619) 260-2962
kspidel@sandiego.edu

Office Hours

Request an appointment

Professor Fox is not teaching this semester, students may make appointments by e-mailing him directly at dovfox@sandiego.edu