George P. Smith, II, J.D.

Center Affiliate

George P. Smith, II is, since 2016, a professor emeritus of law at the Catholic University of America. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University, Bloomington. Smith began his research into biomedical and public health issues at Georgetown University and worked with Edmund Pellegrino, Andre Hellegers, and Fr. Richard McCormick from 1977-1981. Smith received a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, in l984 and held subsequent teaching and research appointments over the years at the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Perth as well as the University of New Zealand and Dundedin. From 1990- 1991, Smith was a visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Study and, again, worked with Dr. Pellegrino as a visiting scholar at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. His complete bibliography consists of 316 titles: 17 books, 11 book chapters, 152 law review articles, 25 monographs, 32 review essays, and 79 major papers given at domestic and international colloquies and conferences. In 2009, Dr. Pellegrino acknowledged Smith as an “internationally acclaimed scholar and a pioneer in questions in which law, medical ethics and bioethics intersect.” Indiana University awarded Smith an LLD honorary degree in 1998 and the University’s Bicentennial medal in 2019 in recognition of his professional life achievements.