Christopher Robertson

Professor of Law, University of Arizona

Christopher Robertson is Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. In 2019 Harvard University Press published his book, Exposed: Why Our Health Insurance is Incomplete and What can be Done About It. Robertson has co-edited two books, Nudging Health: Behavioral Economics and Health Law (2016) and Blinding as a Solution to Bias: Strengthening Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Law (2016).

Blending legal, philosophical, and empirical methods, Robertson's more than 50 articles have been published in law and peer reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine; California Law Review; Cornell Law Review; NYU Law Review; Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics; Journal of Empirical Legal Studies; Behavioral Science Policy; Journal of Legal Analysis; and Journal of Law and Biosciences; among others. His work has appeared in national media such as Wall Street Journal, NBC News, NPR, and the Washington Post.

He is affiliated faculty with the Petrie Flom Center for Health Care Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology at Harvard, and a reporter for the Health Law Monitoring Committee of the Uniform Law Commission. Robertson also founded the Regulatory Science Program, with support from the University of Arizona’s health science colleges.

Robertson has received research support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, AccessLex, and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. He leads the Law and Behavior Research Lab at the University of Arizona and is a member of the QuantLaw group. He has long served on the clinical ethics committee for the academic medical center, as peer reviewer for leading journals, and on doctoral committees in several social science fields.

Robertson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he also served as a Petrie Flom fellow and lecturer. He earned a doctorate in Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also taught bioethics. Professor Robertson has served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, NYU Law, and the London School of Economics. Robertson's legal practice has focused on complex litigation involving medical and scientific disputes, and he continues to work with lawyers needing expertise in the social science of decision making and the laws regulating healthcare, science, and corruption.

Experience

  • 2010–2020
    Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, University of Arizona

Education

  • 2007 
    Harvard Law, JD
  • 2003 
    Washington University in St. Louis, PhD