Faculty Profiles

Ani B. Satz

Ani B. Satz


Areas of Expertise

Health Law, Disability Law, Law and Philosophy, Animal Law, Torts

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant: Daniel Kim

Ani B. Satz is a regulatory health lawyer and philosopher who teaches Torts, Health Law, Disability Law, Animal Law, Genetics and the Law, Law and Vulnerability, and Business Ethics. Her research focuses on the legal response to vulnerability and governmental obligations to those who are vulnerable. Professor Satz's most recent scholarship addresses from a law and ethics perspective access to health care, disability discrimination, and the well-being of nonhuman animals. Her work has appeared in books, peer-reviewed journals, and law reviews. Professor Satz's scholarship is published in journals including the Michigan Law Review; Washington & Lee Law Review; Emory Law Journal; Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics; and Washington Law Review.

Professor Satz was a Fulbright Postgraduate Research Scholar at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tulsa. She holds a JD from the University of Michigan School of Law and a PhD in philosophy from Monash University, which she completed while a fellow at Princeton University. Before coming to Emory, Professor Satz lectured at Yale University in the Philosophy Department and the Ethics, Politics and Economics Program, as well as at Monash University Medical School. She also clerked for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

In addition to her Law School appointment, Professor Satz holds a faculty appointment at the Rollins School of Public Health, is a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for Ethics, and is an Affiliated Associated Professor at the Goizueta Business School.

Professor Satz is Chair-Elect of the Section on Animal Law; Immediate Past Chair of the Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care; and served as 2009-10 Chair of the Section on Disability Law of the Association of American Law Schools. She was a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center Fall 2010.

Education: JD, University of Michigan; PhD, Monash University (completed at Princeton University); BA (Hons.), University of Tulsa


Disability and Discrimination: Cases and Materials (forthcoming Aspen).

Book Chapters

"Beastly Morality: Untangling Possibilities (epilogue)," in Beastly Morality, Animals as Moral Agents (Jonathan K. Crane ed., 2015) (with Lori Marino & Cynthia Willett).

"Vulnerability," in Keywords in Disability (Ben Reiss, Rachel Adams & Ben Serlin eds., forthcoming NYU Press 2014).

"Animals as Vulnerable Subjects: Beyond Interest-Convergence, Hierarchy, and Property," in The Vulnerability Thesis: Rethinking the Legal Subject (Martha A. Fineman & Anna Grear eds., 2013).

"Disability, Vulnerability, and Legal Fragmentation: Toward Accessing Education, Work, and Health Care," in Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law and Education  (Arlene S. Kanter & Beth A. Ferri eds., 2013).

Journal Articles

"Fragmentation After Health Care Reform,Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy (symposium), forthcoming 2015.

"Fragmented Lives: Disability Discrimination and the Role of 'Environment-Framing,'" 68 Washington & Lee Law Review 187 (2011).

"Overcoming Fragmentation in Health and Disability Law," 60 Emory Law Journal 277 (2010).

"Disability Discrimination After the ADA Amendments Act of 2008," 2010 Utah Law Review 983 (introduction to AALS Section on Disability Law 2010 program).

"Animals as Vulnerable Subjects: Beyond Interest-Convergence, Hierarchy, and Property," 16 Animal Law Review 65 (2009). 

  • Reprinted in Ashgate Library of Essays on Philosophers and Law (Robin West ed., forthcoming Ashgate).
  • Reprinted in International Research Group in Animal Law, The Animal, Within the Sphere of Humans’ Needs (Martine Lachance ed., 2010) [French and English volume].

Opinions and Essays

"Gag the 'Ag-gag' Laws that Bar Undercover Recording of Cruelty to Farm Animals," Christian Science Monitor, July 5, 2013. Available here »

"Presidential Turkey Pardon: It's Time for This Thanksgiving Tradition to Go," Huffington PostNov. 21, 2012. Available here »

"Memorial Dedication to Stephanie Feldman Aleong," 34 Nova Law Review 583 (2010).

"A Not-So Protective Law: Genetic Screening Safeguard Creates Unforeseen Inequities, Difficulties," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 27, 2008, at A13.

  • Reprinted in Noel Merino, Current Controversies: Human Genetics (CCHG-1) (2010).


“Health Law Words in Progress,” panel (moderator) at The Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care, Washington, DC (January 3, 2015).

"HIPAA and Workers Compensation," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida (August 1-2, 2014).

"Fragmentation after Health Care Reform," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida (August 1-2, 2014).

Roundtable, "Hot Issues in Law and Bioethics," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida (Aug. 2, 2014).

Panel, "Health Care Fragmentation after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, ACA Implementation—Some Initial Observations and Critiques," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida (Aug. 1, 2014).

Panel, "Health Care as Eugenics," Legal Influences on Bioethics, Patient Autonomy, and Inequality, Law & Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 29-June 1, 2014).

Panel (Discussant), "Vulnerability and the Human Condition," Law & Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 29-June 1, 2014).

Guest Lecture, "Physician and Institutional Obligations to Provide Care," University Class: SICK, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Mar. 20, 2014).

Disability Scholars Showcase, "Disability Discrimination," Disability Studies Program, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Mar. 5, 2014).

Panel (Moderator), Program on Sustainability and Health, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New York, N.Y. (Jan. 4, 2014) (Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care Program) (participated remotely).

Media Appearances

Quote, in Animal Legal Defense Fund news release, Animal Advocates Push Back Against State Attempt to Shut Down Historic Ag-Gag Lawsuit: Utah’s Controversial Law Stirs Public Criticism for Violating Freedom of Speech, Oct. 15, 2013 

Feature, "Constructing Legal Structures to Protect the Vulnerable," Emory Insights 6, Summer 2012. 

Interview, WGST 92.3 FM, May 23, 2012 (disability service animal case) 

Interview, in John Carey, "Cat Fight: The Uncertain Legal Status of Cats," in Conservation Magazine 37, Spring 2012.