Oxford Faculty

SMU Faculty

Nathan Cortez
Associate Dean for Research, Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow, and the Adelfa Botello Callejo Endowed Professor of Law in Leadership and Latino Studies

Professor Cortez, a Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow and the inaugural Adelfa Botello Callejo Endowed Professor of Law in Leadership and Latino Studies, teaches and writes in the areas of health law, administrative law, and FDA law. His research focuses on emerging markets in health care and biotechnology. Professor Cortez has become one of the world’s leading legal scholars on medical tourism and other cross-border health markets, and has published several articles and book chapters on the legal and ethical implications of these phenomena. His research also addresses mobile health technologies and big data analytics, how to regulate innovation under aging regulatory frameworks, the First Amendment constraints on FDA regulation, immigration federalism, and alternative modes of regulation.

Professor Cortez has presented his research around the world, including to professional societies, at industry conferences, to regulators, and at several universities, including Colorado, Harvard, North Carolina, the University of Paris, Radboud University (Netherlands), Stanford, Texas, Wisconsin, and Yale. He also provides frequent commentary to the media, including the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, CNN, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, NPR, WIRED, and Slate.com.

Professor Cortez has co-founded the Texas Legal Scholars Workshop and the SMU Food Law Forum. He has been a peer reviewer for some of the best legal and medical publications in the world, including Health Affairs, The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine, the Oxford and Cambridge University Presses, and the Yale Law Journal. He has been a consultant for the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), is a member of SMU's Center for Global Health Impact, and is a mentor to health care technology start-ups for the incubator Health Wildcatters.

Before joining the SMU faculty, Professor Cortez practiced with the Washington D.C. law firm Arnold & Porter, as part of its pharmaceutical, health care, and biotech practice. He represented clients in health care regulatory matters, with a special emphasis on health care fraud and abuse, FDA enforcement, privacy, and the Medicare and Medicaid programs. He represented clients during litigation, in corporate transactions, during agency enforcement actions, and during congressional investigations and hearings. While at Arnold & Porter, Professor Cortez litigated pro bono cases with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and was a Board Member of the D.C. Hispanic Bar Foundation. In 2006, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rutgers-Camden Law School.

In 2013, Professor Cortez and Glenn Cohen received a grant from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to host an Exploratory Seminar on Mobile Health. In 2015, Professor Cortez was awarded a university-wide Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship.

Elizabeth G. Thornburg
Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Richard R. Lee Endowed Professor of Law

Professor Thornburg teaches and writes in the area of civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution. Drawing on her experience with civil rights and commercial litigation, her scholarship focuses on the procedural fairness of the litigation process, especially at the pleadings, discovery, and jury charge stages. She also writes and speaks in the areas of comparative procedure, online dispute resolution, and the intersection of law and culture.

Professor Thornburg's articles have appeared in a number of prominent law reviews in the U.S. and abroad. She is the co-author (with Professor Dorsaneo) of a study guide for Civil Procedure and two Texas procedure casebooks, and has contributed chapters to books on civil procedure issues in consumer law, sports law, computer law, and classic civil procedure cases. Her most recent book is LAWTALK: THE UNKNOWN STORIES BEHIND FAMILIAR EXPRESSIONS, published by Yale University Press (with co-authors).

She teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Complex Litigation, Texas procedure, Remedies, and an advanced procedure seminar. Thornburg has visited at the law schools at William & Mary, University of Edinburgh, West Virginia University, and the University of Melbourne.

In 2016, the university honored Professor Thornburg with the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, an annual award that recognizes four SMU faculty members for their notable commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. In 2013, SMU selected Thornburg to receive the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, an award established by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church for the purpose of recognizing outstanding faculty members for their dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to the institution. Professor Thornburg served as Director of Center for Teaching Excellence from 2012-2014. She held the position of Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2014-2017.

Professor Thornburg is the summer 2019 Program Director.

Oxford Faculty

N. Jane Hanna
Chief Executive, SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy)
Ms. Hanna graduated from both Cambridge and Oxford Universities. A qualified barrister, she became the first female Fellow of Keble College, Oxford and subsequently Manchester College where she taught for 20 years. Jane founded, and is now Chief Executive of a small, locally based, national health charity specializing in promoting research, providing advice and bereavement support to the families of those, mostly young and otherwise healthy people, affected by Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. In 2010 she was presented with an OBE by the Queen for her contribution to Health Services.

Nicholas Bamforth
Fellow in Law
Mr. Bamforth, who holds a BCL and MA (Oxford), is a Fellow in Law at Queen's College. He has previously worked at UCL and Cambridge. In 2003-4, he was a Hauser Global Research Fellow at New York University. Since October 2006, he has been an elected member of Oxford's University Council. 

Matthew Dyson
Tutorial Fellow in Law
Mr. Dyson is a Fellow in Law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is also an associate member of 6KBW College Hill, Chambers specializing in criminal law and related areas of public and civil law; a Research Fellow of the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law and President of the European Society for Comparative Legal History.

Angus Johnston
Fellow in Law
Mr. Johnston is a Professor of Law and Fellow in Law at University College, Oxford. Prior to his time in Oxford he taught at Cambridge University, and he has also taught at Harvard Law School and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Law.  He holds an LL.M. degree in European Union law from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.


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