The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has selected Harvard Law School Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03 to be a Radcliffe Institute fellow for the 2012–2013 academic year. Cohen is among the 51 women and men who will pursue independent projects in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences within the rich, multidisciplinary community.

After a highly competitive peer-review process, Cohen is among only 5 percent of applicants who were accepted to create a diverse incoming class that ranges from A to V: including anthropologists, chemical engineers, linguists, literature professors, molecular biologists, musicologists, and visual artists.

Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen, herself a former fellow at the institute, spoke about the incoming group: “These extremely talented individuals will arrive at different stages of their work, but whether they start exploring big new ideas or whether they complete ambitious projects, we expect that all will enjoy a year of profound growth and great productivity.”

Medical tourism will be the area of focus for Cohen. The co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Cohen will focus his fellowship on the legal and ethical issues related to travel of patients who are residents of one country to another country for medical treatment.

“I am extremely honored to join luminaries in so many fields for a year of scholarly exchange and enrichment,” said Cohen. “I am grateful to Radcliffe for recognizing the importance of my project, which examines the way globalization is reconfiguring the practice of medicine, and the attendant legal and ethical issues this raises.”

Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow said: “Glenn’s scholarship and also leadership of our Petrie-Flom Center demonstrate originality and bold exploration of new frontiers in health law, bioethics, and biotechnology. The recognition and resources afforded by the Radcliffe Institute fellowship are terrific for Glenn and he will marvelously represent the Law School in discussions with all the other Radcliffe fellows.”

Appointed to the Harvard Law School faculty in 2008, Cohen teaches courses in bioethics, health law, and Civil Procedure. Before joining Harvard’s faculty, he served as a clerk to Chief Judge Michael Boudin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and as an appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Appellate staff, where he acted as lead counsel in over 12 Circuit Court cases and represented the United States in the U.S. Supreme Court, in conjunction with the Solicitor General’s office.

The Radcliffe Institute, which is Harvard’s institute for advanced study, has awarded nearly 600 fellowships since its founding in 1999. The complete list of 2012–2013 fellows is online:

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger Library documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society.