Michele Bratcher Goodwin

Chancellor’s Professor of Law

Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

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Bioethics, constitutional law, family law, human rights, medical law, reproductive rights, torts


Professor Michele Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine with appointments at the School of Law, Program in Public Health, Department of Criminology, Law, & Society, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Center for Psychology and Law. She is the founder and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law and its internationally acclaimed Reproductive Justice Initiative. Professor Goodwin is one of the world’s leading authorities on the regulation of medicine, science, and biotechnology. Her publications include five books and over 70 articles and book chapters on law’s regulation of the human body, including civil and criminal regulation of pregnancy and reproduction, reproductive technologies, human trafficking (for organs, sex, and marriage), and tissue and organ transplantation. Her recent works appear in or are forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, Georgetown Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, and Texas Law Review, among others.

Professor Goodwin’s scholarship defines new ways of thinking about supply, demand, and access to sophisticated medical technologies. Reviews of her work appear in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Publisher’s Weekly, Law and Politics Book Review, Book News, and the Library Journal, amongst other periodicals. Her editorials and commentaries appear in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Gene Watch, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, AlterNet and Forbes Magazine among others. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and the Harvard Bill of Health.

Professor Goodwin is also the president of the Defense for Children International U.S. affiliate and founder of the Institute for Global Child Advocacy. She is the former Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota. She served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University Law School. She is a highly sought after voice on civil liberties, cultural politics, and human rights. Prior to law teaching, Professor Goodwin was a Gilder-Lehrman Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University.

Current Courses:
Torts, Women and the Rule of Law
Prior Courses:

Biotechnology and The Law, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Torts, Genetic Property and the Law, Health Law, Health Regulations, Torts, Education Law, Mental Health Law, Women & The Rule of Law, Reproductive Justice Clinic

Recent Publications

Prof. Goodwin’s Scholarly Papers on SSRN

Recent and Upcoming Events

Recent Honors

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