Carmel Shachar

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2020


Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. She is responsible for oversight of the Center’s sponsored research portfolio, event programming, fellowships, student engagement, development, and a range of other projects and collaborations. In addition, she is also the Co-Editor of the Center’s collaborative health policy blog, Bill of Health.

Carmel’s scholarship focuses on law and health policy, in particular the regulation of access to care for vulnerable individuals, health care anti-discrimination law and policy, and the use of all-payer claims databases in health care research.

Carmel was previously a Clinical Instructor on Law at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School (CHLPI), where she helped lead CHLPI’s access to care and Affordable Care Act implementation work. During her time at CHLPI, Carmel focused on analyzing and translating health policy issues and opportunities for a broad range of audiences, including many federal and state-level health policy coalitions. She also coordinated and led a major multi-state initiative to document discriminatory benefit designs on the health insurance Marketplaces. She also has authored amicus briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court on health care and access to care issues. Carmel previously practiced health care law at Ropes & Gray, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Carmel currently serves on the board of the Fishing Partnership Support Services as well as on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of Boston University.

Carmel clerked for Hon. Jacques L. Wiener of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Carmel graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She studied Bioethics and Religion at Wellesley College.

Areas of Interest

Luke Gelinas, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Emily A. Largent, Carmel Shachar, I. Glenn Cohen & Barbara E. Bierer, Truth in Advertising: Disclosure of Participant Payment in Research Recruitment Materials, 52 Therapeutic Innovation & Reg. Sci. 268 (2018).
Health Care
Health Law & Policy
Type: Article
The practice of paying research participants has received significant attention in the bioethics literature, but the focus has been almost exclusively on consideration of factors relevant to determining acceptable payment amounts. Surprisingly little attention has been paid to what happens once the payment amount is set. What are the ethical parameters around how offers of payment may be advertised to prospective participants? This article seeks to answer this question, focusing on the ethical and practical issues associated with disclosing information about payment, and payment amounts in particular, in recruitment materials. We argue that it is permissible—and indeed typically ethically desirable—for recruitment materials to disclose the amount that participants will be paid. Further, we seek to clarify the regulatory guidance on “emphasizing” payment in a way that can facilitate design and review of recruitment materials.

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