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Charles H. Baron

Charles H. Baron
Distinguished Scholar in Residence

A.B., University of Pennsylvania
LL.B., Harvard
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Charles H. Baron joined the Roger Williams University School of Law faculty in the fall of 2011.  He is an Emeritus Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, where he taught for almost 40 years.  During his distinguished career he taught courses in federal, state and comparative constitutional law, health law, and law and bioethics.  Among the faculties abroad where he has held visiting positions are Oxford University, the University of Paris X, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Aix-Marseilles III, and the European University Institute in San Domenco di Fiesole.

Selected Publications


"Blood Transfusions, Jehovah's Witnesses and the American Patients' Rights Movement," in Alternatives to Blood Transfusion in Transfusion Medicine, 2nd ed., edited by Alice Maniatis, Phillipe Van der Linden, and Jean-François Hardy (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

“The Right to Die: Themes and Variations," in 2 Il Governo Del Corpo, edited by Stefano Canestrari et al. (Milano: Guiffrè, 2011)

"The Dialogue between Biomedicine and Law in an 'IntraAmerican Transnational Perspective,'" in Biomedical Sciences and the Law, edited by Amedeo Santosuosso et al. (Pavia: Ibis, 2010)

"Legal Methodologies for Maximizing Freedom of Scientific Research," in Proceedings of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research:Rome, February 16-18, 2006, edited by Chiara Lalli and Carmen Sorrentino (Rome: Cooper-Darwin, 2007)

"Hastening Death: The Seven Deadly Sins of the Status Quo," in Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care & Patient Choice, edited by Timothy E. Quill and Margaret P. Battin (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004)

“Life and Death Decision-Making, Judges v. Legislators as Sources of Law in Bioethics,” in Science, Law and the Courts in Europe, edited by Amedeo Santosuosso et al. (Pavia: Collegio Ghislieri, 2004)(Also appears in 1 Journal of Health & Biomedical Law 107 (2004))

"Normativité et Biomédecine aux Etats-Unis," in Normativité et Biomédecine, edited by Brigitte Feuillet-Le Mintier (Paris, Economica, 2003)

Droit Constitutionnel et Bioéthique: l'Expérience Américaine (Paris: Economica, 1997)

The Use/Nonuse/Misuse of Applied Social Research in the Courts (Cambridge, MA: Abt Books, 1980)(with Michael J. Saks, eds.)


Bioethics and Law in the United States: A Legal Process Perspective, 2007-4 Diritto Pubblico Comparato ed Europeo 1653 (April 16, 2009)

Not DEA'd Yet: Gonzalez v. Oregon, 36 Hastings Center Report 8 (March-April, 2006)

Fédéralisme et Dialogue sur L'égalité: Une Comparaison des Droits des Etats-Unis et de l'Union européenne, 49 Droit et Cultures 147 (2005)(with Sophie Robin-Olivier)

Normativity and Biomedicine in the United States of America, 15 International Journal of Bioethics 65 (2004)

De Quinlan à Schiavo: le Droit à la Mort et le Droit à la vie en Droit Américain, 2004 Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Civil 673 (Oct./Dec. 2004)

Decisioni di Vita o di Morte: Giudici vs. Legislatori Come Fonti del Diritto Bioetica, 10 Ragion Pratica 131 (2002)

Nutrition and Hydration in PVS Individuals: the Cruzan, Bland and Englaro Cases, 18, No. 65 Notizie di Politeia: Rivista di Etica e Scelte Pubbliche 181 (2002)

Regulating Bioethics with Judge-Made Law: The American Experience, 65  Politeia: Rivista di Etica e Scelte Pubbliche 32 (2002)

Baker v. State and the Promise of the New Judicial Federalism, 43 Boston College Law Review 125 (2001)(with Lawrence Friedman)

Competency and Common Law: Why and How Decision-Making Capacity Criteria Should Be Drawn From the Capacity-Determination Process, 6 Psychology, Public Policy and Law 373 (2000)

Les aspects contractuels de la relation du médecin et du patient en droit americain, Gazette du Palais, Mar. 22/23, 2000, at 34

Blood Transfusions, Jehovah's Witnesses and the American Patients' Rights Movement, 3 Journal of Chinese and Comparative Law 19 (1997/1998)(English edition appears in Transfusion Medicine and Alternatives to Blood Transfusion, Network for Advancement of Transfusion Alternatives (Paris: R & J Éditions médicales, 2000))

Pleading for Physician-Assisted Suicide in the Courts, 19 Western New England Law Review 371 (1997)

A Model State Act to Authorize and Regulate Physician-Assisted Suicide, 33 Harvard Journal on Legislation 1 (1996)(with Clyde Bergstresser, Dan W. Brock, Garrick F. Coleet et al.)