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Thaddeus Mason Pope

J.D., Ph.D.; B.A.

Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University. 

Professor Pope has over 130 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He also coauthors the definitive treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and runs the Medical Futility Blog (with over three million page views).

Professor Pope works to calibrate the balance between individual liberty and public health in the end-of-life medical treatment context. Specific research topics have included: medical futility, ethics committees, brain death, advance directives, surrogate decision making, aid in dying, and VSED. More recently, Pope has been innovating new legal tools to better assure adequate informed consent and fair internal dispute resolution mechanisms. 

Prior to joining academia, Professor Pope practiced at Arnold & Porter LLP and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Pope earned a JD and PhD in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University.