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Prof. Jonathan H. Marks
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Prof. Jonathan H. Marks

Jonathan's practice encompasses international law, EU law, environmental law, human rights law, health law, commercial law and regulation.

Called: 1992
Academic

Jonathan is an academic member of Matrix with experience in practice that encompasses international law, environmental law, human rights law, health law, and commercial law and regulation (including food and drug law and regulation). He has also advised on EU law and appeared before the European Court of Justice. Jonathan is a CEDR-accredited Mediator with experience of mediation in both the UK and the US. Jonathan’s practice is informed by his academic expertise as a professor working at the intersections of ethics, law, and policy—with a special emphasis on public health law, ethics, and policy. Jonathan’s recent work focuses on preparedness for and responses to pandemics and other public health emergencies, crises, and disasters; and on the evolving right to a healthy environment, and its implications for climate change.

Jonathan’s research, teaching, and practice have been widely featured in the media including The Times, Guardian, New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, LA Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Magazine, and Slate. He has also contributed opinion pieces to The Times, The New York Times, LA Times, The Nation, The Conversation, and the Harvard Ethics Blog. Jonathan has been interviewed by the BBC, Voice of America, and several programs on National Public Radio in the U.S. (among others).

Jonathan was born and grew up in Glasgow. He obtained his M.A. (Jurisprudence), B.C.L. from the University of Oxford, where he was awarded the Andrew Dixon Scholarship. He was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1992, after he was awarded the Inner Temple Major Scholarship and the Council of Legal Education Scholarship.

Jonathan began his career as a barrister at 3 Gray’s Inn Place (later, 3 Verulam Buildings) before becoming one of the founding members of Matrix Chambers in 2000. He transitioned to academic membership of Matrix in 2007 to pursue his research and teaching. Having held visiting positions at Worcester College, Oxford, King’s College, London, and Princeton (among others)—as well as fellowships at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard—Jonathan is currently Professor of Bioethics, Humanities, Law, and Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is also director of the Bioethics Program, and affiliate faculty in Public Policy and International Affairs.

Memberships

Society of Legal Scholars

Association of Bioethics Program Directors

Languages

French (working knowledge)

Jonathan’s practice highlights include representing Human Rights Watch in the Pinochet case; Dr Nancy Olivieri in her landmark case on pharmaceutical regulation in the European Court of Justice; and Brian Robertson in a leading case on privacy and data protection that led to the transformation of the electoral registration process in England and Wales.

Jonathan has advised on challenging guidelines issued by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence); on the compatibility of financial regulations with human rights law; and on the compatibility of the International Health Regulations with human rights law. (These are the regulations pursuant to which the WHO declared in January 2020 that COVID-19 was a public health emergency of international concern.) He was also retained under a contract awarded by the European Commission to advise Central and Eastern European States how to amend their environmental laws to meet EU standards prior to accession. And he has advised on the commercial and international legal implications of the dissolution of a state.

Expert participation

Jonathan has participated as an expert on institutional conflicts of interest at meetings of the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (CSM), the South Centre (Geneva), and the National Academies in the United States. He has also participated as an expert on human rights law and professional ethics at meetings of various organisations in the US and the UK including the Royal Society in London.

Books

Jonathan’s book, The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, and Public Health (Oxford University Press, 2019) was a finalist for the North American Society of Social Philosophy Book Award. The Lancet described the book—which critiques public-private partnerships and draws on separation of powers and competition law to argue for a default norm of separation—as “eloquent and incisive.”

Jonathan is currently working on two other book projects. The first is a collection of essays entitled What Will Become of Us: Pandemic Ethics, Structural Injustice, and Social Change. These essays examine the ways in which structural injustice, the product of social choice, exacerbates the impact of pandemics on vulnerable and marginalised groups. The book shows how public health emergency preparedness and response can and should address structural injustice; it also argues that pandemic laws and policies must be developed in consultation with the populations whose lives will be determined by them, especially vulnerable and marginalised communities.

The second book project, Trust in Crises and Crises of Trust, argues that typical “crisis playbook” strategies intended to bolster trust and insulate institutions from legal liability in the wake of a crisis can further imperil trust and increase legal exposure. To respond to crises in ways that are both ethical and effective—and, better still, to avoid crises—institutions must address the underlying reasons for their loss of integrity and trustworthiness.

Selected Articles

Trust in Crises and Crises of Trust, Hastings Center Report, 53(5): S9 – S15 (2023)

Beyond Disclosure: Developing Law and Policy to Tackle Corporate Influence, American Journal of Law and Medicine, 46: 275 – 296 (2020)

COVID-19, Pandemic Triage, and the Polymorphism of Justice, American Journal of Bioethics, 20(7): 106 – 109 (2020)

Learning from Corporate Influence in the Opioid Epidemic: Toward a Norm of Separation, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 17(2): 173 – 189 (2020)

Which Will Trump: Professional Ethics and Human Rights, or Torture Redux? Medicine, Conflict, and Survival, 33(1): 4 – 17 (2017).

The Ethics of Compromise: Third Party, Public Health, and Environmental Perspectives, Journal of Medical Ethics, 43: 267 – 268 (2017)

Silencing Marcellus: When the Law Fractures Public Health, Hastings Center Report, 44(2): 8 – 10 (2014)

The Undocumented Unwell, Hastings Center Report, 43(1): 10 – 11 (2013)

On Regularity and Regulation, Health Claims and Hype, Hastings Center Report, 41(4): 11 – 12 (2012)

Toward a Unified Theory of Professional Ethics and Human Rights, Michigan Journal of International Law, 33: 215 – 263 (2012).

A complete list of Jonathan’s publications is available here.

Public Lectures

Jonathan has lectured widely—in the UK, the US, Europe, and Australia—to general audiences, as well as academic audiences, and legal and health professionals. His TED talk, In Praise of Conflict, received more than a million views in its first few weeks. Jonathan is scheduled to give a TEDxPSU talk in February 2024 on the law and ethics of crisis management, titled What to do in a crisis, and how to prevent them.

Jonathan is currently Professor of Bioethics, Humanities, Law, and Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is also Director of the Bioethics Program, and Affiliate Faculty in Public Policy and International Affairs. He has taught widely in the UK, US, Europe and Australia, and has previously held the following visiting positions:

Research Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University (2009-2015)

Visiting Researcher, Brocher Foundation, Geneva (Feb. – March 2015)

Visiting Researcher, Hastings Center, Garrison, NY (Sept. – Oct. 2014)

Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics, Health Law and Policy at Georgetown University Law Center and John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health (2004 – 6)

Visiting Professor of Law, UNC Chapel Hill School of Law (2003 – 4)

Visiting Professor, University of Augsburg Law Faculty, Germany (July 2003)

Visiting Scholar, Wake Forest Law School (2002 – 03)

Director, Policy Task Force on Legal and Ethical Responses to Terrorism and Visiting Lecturer in Political Science, and Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (2001-2002)

Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales Law Faculty, Sydney (1993)

Visiting Lecturer in Law at King’s College, London (1992)

Visiting Tutor in Law at Worcester College, Oxford University (1991)

Jonathan is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, he needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matters in respect of which he is instructed. To view Jonathan’s privacy notice in full, see here.

 

Jonathan is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards.

 

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Prof. Jonathan H. Marks
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Jonathan's practice encompasses international law, EU law, environmental law, human rights law, health law, commercial law and regulation.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • International Arbitration
  • Commercial Law
  • Crime
  • Environmental Law and Natural Resources
  • EU Law
  • Healthcare, Mental Health and Mental Capacity
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Local Government Law
  • Public International Law
  • Public Law
  • Media and Information Law
  • Mediation
  • Commercial Public Law
  • Competition and EU

Prof. Jonathan H. Marks

Contact Jonathan: jonathanmarks@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

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Jonathan is an academic member of Matrix with experience in practice that encompasses international law, environmental law, human rights law, health law, and commercial law and regulation (including food and drug law and regulation). He has also advised on EU law and appeared before the European Court of Justice. Jonathan is a CEDR-accredited Mediator with experience of mediation in both the UK and the US. Jonathan’s practice is informed by his academic expertise as a professor working at the intersections of ethics, law, and policy—with a special emphasis on public health law, ethics, and policy. Jonathan’s recent work focuses on preparedness for and responses to pandemics and other public health emergencies, crises, and disasters; and on the evolving right to a healthy environment, and its implications for climate change.

Jonathan’s research, teaching, and practice have been widely featured in the media including The Times, Guardian, New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, LA Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Magazine, and Slate. He has also contributed opinion pieces to The Times, The New York Times, LA Times, The Nation, The Conversation, and the Harvard Ethics Blog. Jonathan has been interviewed by the BBC, Voice of America, and several programs on National Public Radio in the U.S. (among others).

Background

Jonathan was born and grew up in Glasgow. He obtained his M.A. (Jurisprudence), B.C.L. from the University of Oxford, where he was awarded the Andrew Dixon Scholarship. He was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1992, after he was awarded the Inner Temple Major Scholarship and the Council of Legal Education Scholarship.

Jonathan began his career as a barrister at 3 Gray’s Inn Place (later, 3 Verulam Buildings) before becoming one of the founding members of Matrix Chambers in 2000. He transitioned to academic membership of Matrix in 2007 to pursue his research and teaching. Having held visiting positions at Worcester College, Oxford, King’s College, London, and Princeton (among others)—as well as fellowships at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard—Jonathan is currently Professor of Bioethics, Humanities, Law, and Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is also director of the Bioethics Program, and affiliate faculty in Public Policy and International Affairs.

Memberships

Society of Legal Scholars

Association of Bioethics Program Directors

Languages

French (working knowledge)

Practice

Jonathan’s practice highlights include representing Human Rights Watch in the Pinochet case; Dr Nancy Olivieri in her landmark case on pharmaceutical regulation in the European Court of Justice; and Brian Robertson in a leading case on privacy and data protection that led to the transformation of the electoral registration process in England and Wales.

Jonathan has advised on challenging guidelines issued by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence); on the compatibility of financial regulations with human rights law; and on the compatibility of the International Health Regulations with human rights law. (These are the regulations pursuant to which the WHO declared in January 2020 that COVID-19 was a public health emergency of international concern.) He was also retained under a contract awarded by the European Commission to advise Central and Eastern European States how to amend their environmental laws to meet EU standards prior to accession. And he has advised on the commercial and international legal implications of the dissolution of a state.

Expert participation

Jonathan has participated as an expert on institutional conflicts of interest at meetings of the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (CSM), the South Centre (Geneva), and the National Academies in the United States. He has also participated as an expert on human rights law and professional ethics at meetings of various organisations in the US and the UK including the Royal Society in London.

Publications and Lectures

Books

Jonathan’s book, The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, and Public Health (Oxford University Press, 2019) was a finalist for the North American Society of Social Philosophy Book Award. The Lancet described the book—which critiques public-private partnerships and draws on separation of powers and competition law to argue for a default norm of separation—as “eloquent and incisive.”

Jonathan is currently working on two other book projects. The first is a collection of essays entitled What Will Become of Us: Pandemic Ethics, Structural Injustice, and Social Change. These essays examine the ways in which structural injustice, the product of social choice, exacerbates the impact of pandemics on vulnerable and marginalised groups. The book shows how public health emergency preparedness and response can and should address structural injustice; it also argues that pandemic laws and policies must be developed in consultation with the populations whose lives will be determined by them, especially vulnerable and marginalised communities.

The second book project, Trust in Crises and Crises of Trust, argues that typical “crisis playbook” strategies intended to bolster trust and insulate institutions from legal liability in the wake of a crisis can further imperil trust and increase legal exposure. To respond to crises in ways that are both ethical and effective—and, better still, to avoid crises—institutions must address the underlying reasons for their loss of integrity and trustworthiness.

Selected Articles

Trust in Crises and Crises of Trust, Hastings Center Report, 53(5): S9 – S15 (2023)

Beyond Disclosure: Developing Law and Policy to Tackle Corporate Influence, American Journal of Law and Medicine, 46: 275 – 296 (2020)

COVID-19, Pandemic Triage, and the Polymorphism of Justice, American Journal of Bioethics, 20(7): 106 – 109 (2020)

Learning from Corporate Influence in the Opioid Epidemic: Toward a Norm of Separation, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 17(2): 173 – 189 (2020)

Which Will Trump: Professional Ethics and Human Rights, or Torture Redux? Medicine, Conflict, and Survival, 33(1): 4 – 17 (2017).

The Ethics of Compromise: Third Party, Public Health, and Environmental Perspectives, Journal of Medical Ethics, 43: 267 – 268 (2017)

Silencing Marcellus: When the Law Fractures Public Health, Hastings Center Report, 44(2): 8 – 10 (2014)

The Undocumented Unwell, Hastings Center Report, 43(1): 10 – 11 (2013)

On Regularity and Regulation, Health Claims and Hype, Hastings Center Report, 41(4): 11 – 12 (2012)

Toward a Unified Theory of Professional Ethics and Human Rights, Michigan Journal of International Law, 33: 215 – 263 (2012).

A complete list of Jonathan’s publications is available here.

Public Lectures

Jonathan has lectured widely—in the UK, the US, Europe, and Australia—to general audiences, as well as academic audiences, and legal and health professionals. His TED talk, In Praise of Conflict, received more than a million views in its first few weeks. Jonathan is scheduled to give a TEDxPSU talk in February 2024 on the law and ethics of crisis management, titled What to do in a crisis, and how to prevent them.

Academic Positions

Jonathan is currently Professor of Bioethics, Humanities, Law, and Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is also Director of the Bioethics Program, and Affiliate Faculty in Public Policy and International Affairs. He has taught widely in the UK, US, Europe and Australia, and has previously held the following visiting positions:

Research Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University (2009-2015)

Visiting Researcher, Brocher Foundation, Geneva (Feb. – March 2015)

Visiting Researcher, Hastings Center, Garrison, NY (Sept. – Oct. 2014)

Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics, Health Law and Policy at Georgetown University Law Center and John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health (2004 – 6)

Visiting Professor of Law, UNC Chapel Hill School of Law (2003 – 4)

Visiting Professor, University of Augsburg Law Faculty, Germany (July 2003)

Visiting Scholar, Wake Forest Law School (2002 – 03)

Director, Policy Task Force on Legal and Ethical Responses to Terrorism and Visiting Lecturer in Political Science, and Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (2001-2002)

Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales Law Faculty, Sydney (1993)

Visiting Lecturer in Law at King’s College, London (1992)

Visiting Tutor in Law at Worcester College, Oxford University (1991)


Jonathan's Privacy Notice

Jonathan is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, he needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matters in respect of which he is instructed. To view Jonathan’s privacy notice in full, see here.   Jonathan is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards.