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Jason Marc Cross is a lawyer and anthropologist. His teaching, scholarship and consulting address the role of law and technology in global health, human rights, international development, and science and technology governance. Cross’ research examines how law and technology are used to manage expert knowledge and public participation in decision-making with humanitarian objectives. His writing addresses this use of law and technology concerning access to medicines for developing countries, transparency and accountability reform in economic law, and the promotion of democracy and human rights. Cross is writing a book manuscript entitled Metrics & Democratization: Law, Technology & Democratic Expertise in Postwar El Salvador.
Cross co-founded and helped manage Foundation Human Nature, an international health non-profit organization working in Ecuador and Ghana. He has collaborated with Knowledge Ecology International and Doctors Without Borders Access to Essential Medicines Campaign, and recently served as legal advisor to the Ministry of Health of El Salvador on pharmaceutical regulation, international trade agreement compliance, and health system reform. Cross was a summer associate with the Washington, D.C., office of Thelen Reid, and also worked with community organizations in North Carolina to improve economic development policies and expand access to healthcare for the uninsured. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow and Fulbright-Hays Fellow while completing a Ph.D. in legal, political and economic anthropology. In law school, Cross was an editor for the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, was a member and coach of the World Trade Organization Moot Court team, and assisted in the Military Commission trials of Salim Hamdan & Mohammed Jawad with the Duke Guantanamo Defense Clinic.
Cross teaches courses at Duke on the law, policy and ethics of international trade & investment, global health, international development, human rights, and science and technology. He completed his J.D. and Ph.D. studies at Duke University and earned an M.A. in the History & Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to returning to Duke, Cross was Postdoctoral Fellow in Science & Technology Policy at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy.