Carl E. Schneider, the Chauncey Stillman Professor of Law and Professor of Internal
Medicine, teaches courses on law and medicine, regulating research, property, law and
morals, the sociology and ethics of the legal profession, and writing briefs. A central
theme in his scholarship criticizes some dominant regulatory ideas, particularly those in
the law of medicine. For example, his book The Censor's Hand: The Misregulation of
Human Subject Research (MIT Press, 2015), examines a regulatory system whose
usefulness is widely assumed but quite unproved and argues that that system is so
perversely constructed that it cannot help doing more harm than good. Another
example is More Than You Wanted to Know: The Failure of Mandated Disclosure
(Princeton University Press, 2014), coauthored with Omri Ben-Shahar. It explains why
government-mandated disclosure may be the most adored, most used, and least
successful regulatory method in our time. His The Practice of Autonomy: Patients,
Doctors, and Medical Decisions (Oxford University Press, 1998), which analyzes the
malign effects of making patient autonomy the regulatory summum bonum, is another
example of the project.
Professor Schneider is also the coauthor of two innovative casebooks: With Marsha
Garrison, he wrote The Law of Bioethics: Individual Autonomy and Social Regulation
(West, 2015, third edition), a pioneering casebook in what was then a new field. With
Margaret F. Brinig, he wrote An Invitation to Family Law (West, 2007, third edition).
This casebook approaches family law conceptually: Each chapter discusses an area of
family law, and each chapter introduces students to a systematic discussion of a
recurring jurisprudential issue (like the problem of rules and discretion, or the legal
principle of autonomy).
Professor Schneider served two terms on the President's Bioethics Council. He has
been a visiting professor at Cambridge University, the University of Tokyo, Kyoto
University, and the United States Air Force Academy (twice).
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