Professor Baron, recently retired from active teaching, has written extensively here
and in Europe about constitutional law and patients' rights. He has taught courses
in federal, state, and comparative constitutional law, health law, and law and bioethics.
Among the faculties abroad where he has held visiting positions are Oxford University,
the University of Paris X, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of
Aix-Marseilles III, and the European University Institute in San Domenico di Fiesole. He
is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Centre for Life Sciences, Health,
and the Courts, a member of the Board of Directors of the Death with Dignity National
Center, and a Past President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

Bioethics and Law


Bioethics and Law in the United States: A Legal Process Perspective, Diritto Pubblico Comparato ed Europeo (2009)
Not DEA'd Yet: Gonzalez v. Oregon, Hastings Center Report (2006)
Normativity and Biomedicine in the United States of America, Journal International de Bioéthique (2004)
Normativité et Biomédecine aux Etats-Unis, Normativité et Biomédecine (2003)

Constitutional Rights


Baker v. State and the Promise of the New Judicial Federalism (with Lawrence Friedman), Boston College Law Review (2001)
L' Interpretazione Costitutzionale negli Stati Americani, Analsi e Diritto: Ricerche di Giurisprudenza Analitica (1996)

Health Law and Policy


The Dialogue between Biomedicine and Law in an “IntraAmerican Transnational Perspective”, Boston College Law School Lectures and Presentations (2009)
Legal Methodologies for Maximizing Freedom of Scientific Research, Proceedings of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research: Rome, February 16-18, 2006 (2007)


The Concept of Person in the Law, Defining Human Life: Medical, Legal and Ethical Implications (1983)

Medical Jurisprudence


Fetal Research: The Question in the States, Hastings Center Report (1985)

Physician-Assisted Suicide

The Right to Die: Themes and Variations, Il Governo Del Corpo (2011)
Hastening Death: The Seven Deadly Sins of the Status Quo, Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care & Patient Choice (2004)

Professional Ethics

Quale etica per i guidici?, Etica e deontologia giudiziaria: Atti del Convegno internazionale in onore di Pietro Rescigno, a cura di Giovanna Visintini e Sergio Marotta (2003)
Professional Ethical Issues Confronting the Bench and Bar in 'Mental Disability' Cases, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Civil Commitment and Rights of Institutionalized Persons (1982)

Rights of Patients


Blood Transfusions, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the American Patients’ Rights Movement, Alternatives to Blood Transfusion in Transfusion Medicine (2011)
The American Patients' Rights Movement and Bloodless Surgery, Bloodless Surgery: Surgical and Anaesthetic Aspects, Legal and Ethical Issues, International Symposium, 1996 (1997)
Aspects Relatifs au Mouvement des Droits des Malades aux Etats-Unis, Consentement Eclairé et Transfusion Sanguine (1996)

Book Review

Legal Education

Issues Regarding the Interface between Group Legal Services and Clinial Legal Education, Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility (1974)

Legal Practice

Delivery of Legal Services to Low and Middle Income Consumers in the United States, Proceedings of the First International Colloquium on Legal Aid and Legal Services and the Need for International Exchange of Information, October 25-28, 1976, London (1977)
Will You be Missing a Few Million Clients?, Student Lawyer (1976)
Quality Control Moves to Center Stage (with Richard Hofrichter), New Directions in Legal Services (1976)
Lawyer Advertising Gets Press, New Directions in Legal Services (1976)

Legal Procedure

The Mixed Roles of the Guardian Ad Litem, Guardianship News (1981)

Selected Professional Activities

Transnational Law in Support of Science; Science in Support of Transnational Law, The Science for Peace Conference session on Science and the Process of Formation of Transnational Law at a Global Level (2009)
The Dialogue between Biomedicine and Law in an “IntraAmerican Transnational Perspective”, Conference on Science, Biomedicine and Law: A Dialogue between Disciplines, Cultures, and Languages (2009)