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Ana Santos Rutschman, S.J.D.

Assistant Professor
Center for Health Law Studies
Center for International and Comparative Law

Courses Taught

FDA Law and Policy; Emerging Health Technologies: Innovation Law and Policy; Patent Law; Climate Change and the Law; Property


S.J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2016
Master of Laws, Duke University School of Law, 2008
Law Degree, Catholic University of Portugal, 2006

Practice Areas

  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Food and Drug Law  

Publications and Media Placements

Rutschman has published and presented widely on topics related to health law, intellectual property, innovation in the life sciences, and law and technology. Recent presentations have covered topics related to vaccines and other biotechnologies, healthcare blockchain, e-health and artificial intelligence in medicine. Her writing has appeared in UCLA Law Review, Arizona Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum and Duke Law and Technology Review, among others. Her commentary pieces have been published by The Huffington Post and The Conversation and reprinted in Scientific American, Newsweek Japan and newspapers around the U.S., including the Chicago Tribune. Her ongoing book, Vaccines as Technology: Innovation, Barriers and the Public Interest, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

SSRN Publications List

Honors and Awards

Rutschman has been named a visiting fellow by the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management Fellowship at the University of Bournemouth in the United Kingdom (2019); a Manzo Scholar in Patent Law by DePaul University College of Law (2019); a Health Law Scholar by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (2018); a Wiet Life Sciences Law Scholar by the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago (2018); and a Bio Intellectual Property Scholar by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (2017). She received a grant from the European Commission/Foundation for Science & Technology Grant in 2009-2013.

Professional Organizations and Associations

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property
American Bar Association

Community Work and Service

Rutschman joined the SLU LAW faculty in 2018. She previously taught at DePaul University College of Law as the inaugural Jaharis Fellow in Health Law and Intellectual Property (2016-2018). Rutschman was a consultant to the World Health Organization in 2015-2016, as well as a visiting guest lecturer in intellectual property at Uppsala Law School (Sweden) in Fall 2015.