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Christopher Morten


Chris Morten is the Deputy Director of NYU Law’s Technology Law and Policy Clinic and a Fellow at the Engelberg Center. His clinical work and research focus on access to knowledge, with particular focus on access to medicines and health justice.

Chris’s current clinical and research projects include

  • successful litigation under the Administrative Procedure Act that expands the public’s right to access information on clinical trials of prescription drugs and medical devices via the website;
  • representation of a New York-based access-to-medicines advocacy group in its efforts to expand access to HIV and COVID-19 treatments;
  • academic research on trade secrecy and the administrative state; and
  • academic research on compulsory licensing of patents and other “intellectual property.”

Before joining the Engelberg Center, Chris worked at Yale Law School, where he was Staff Attorney and Research Scholar in Law at the Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency and Supervising Attorney and Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School’s Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic. Chris remains an Affiliate Fellow of the Information Society Project and a Visiting Fellow of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School. Prior to coming to Yale, Chris worked as a litigation associate at Goodwin Procter L.L.P. and as a patent agent at Baker Botts L.L.P. He clerked for the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 2015 to 2016. Chris received his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from New York University in 2015, a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, and a B.A. in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 2005.

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