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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: Vaccines and the Law; Patent 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
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Intellectual Property

Publications and Media Placements

Rutschman has published and presented widely on topics related to health law, food and drug regulation, 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 legal scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in UCLA Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Arizona Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, University of Chicago Legal Forum, Michigan Law Review Online, Annals of Health Law and Duke Law and Technology Review, among others. Her peer-reviewed work has appeared in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the American Journal of Infection Control and Emerging Infectious Diseases. 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

In 2020, Rutschman was selected as the featured young scholar at the Vagts Roundtable at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). Together with SLU LAW’s Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby, she was one of the recipients of an Innovation, Business & Law Center Prize from the University of Iowa College of Law. She was also awarded a Beaumont Research Award and a Junior Faculty Non-Traditional Scholarly Works Award by Saint Louis University. 

Rutschman has been named a visiting fellow at 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 joint grant from the European Commission and the Foundation for Science & Technology in 2009-2013.

Professional Organizations and Associations

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Global Pandemic Network
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) and consulted for the World Health Organization (2015-2016). At SLU LAW, she currently serves in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Previously, she has served in the Admissions Committee.