Advancing the Vaccine Law Dialogue

Pre-conference: September 13 Washington, D.C.

Carl Coleman

Carl Coleman

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School


Professor Carl Coleman specializes in the legal, ethical, and public policy implications of medical treatment, research, and public health. He currently serves as Academic Director of Seton Hall Law School’s Division of Online Learning.

During the 2006-2007 academic year, Professor Coleman served as Bioethics and Law Adviser at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Since then, he has continued to work closely with WHO’s Global Health Ethics team on a broad range of ethical issues in global public health. He has served as the lead author of numerous WHO guidance documents on topics such as ethical issues in infectious disease outbreaks, tuberculosis care and control, and clinical trials oversight.

From 2010-2013, Professor Coleman was a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), which is charged with providing expert advice to the Office for Human Research Protections of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has also served as a member of the institutional review boards at Seton Hall University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, as a member of the New York State Attorney General’s Commission on Quality of Care at the End of Life, and as co-chair of the Committee on Ethical Issues in the Provision of Health Care of the New York State Bar Association.

Following graduation from the Harvard Law School, Professor Coleman served as law clerk to Chief Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then worked as a litigation associate at Leventhal Slade & Krantz in New York City. In 1993, he was appointed Counsel to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary commission with a mandate to recommend public policy on bioethical issues. He was made Executive Director of the Task Force in 1995.

He came to Seton Hall in 2000 and was awarded the Andrea Catania Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.