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Jessica Roberts

Acting Professor of Law and Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science

Areas of Expertise

Health Law, Disability Law, Genetics & the Law, Health Technology


Health Technology (seminar), Genetics & the Law, Disabilities & the Law


Jessica L. Roberts is a Professor of Law in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science at Emory University School of Law. She specializes in the legal and ethical issues related to genetics and other emerging health technologies, disability rights, and antidiscrimination law.

Her scholarship has appeared, or is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Science,Nature Biotechnology, and JAMA Health Policy, among others. Cambridge University Press published her book on "healthism," co-authored with Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, in 2018. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Greenwall Foundation. Professor Roberts was named a 2018 Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics

Prior to Emory Law, Roberts was the director of the Health Law & Policy Institute and the Leonard H. Childs Professor in Law at the University of Houston Law Center and a professor of medicine (by courtesy) at the University of Houston College of Medicine. During her time at UH, she received the university-wide Teaching Excellence Award and the Provost's Certificate of Excellence.

A noted expert on diverse issues of health law, Roberts has been interviewed by several leading media outlets, including the New York Times, U.S. News, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and BBC World Service.

J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., University of Southern California