The Centre for Health, Law and Society includes leading legal researchers and teachers in health law. We focus on a diversity of historical, contemporary and future challenges, collaborating with colleagues from multiple academic disciplines and with partners in policy, practice and the community.
Professor John Coggon
Professor John Coggon‘s research focuses on the relationships between politics, morality, and health law and policy. He has written on various controversial questions, including end-of-life law, organ donation, and confidentiality, but his primary areas of interest are in public health ethics and law, and mental capacity law. He is on the British Medical Journal’s ethics committee, and in June 2016 was made an Honorary Member of the UK’s Faculty of Public Health.
Suzanne Doyle Guilloud
Suzanne Doyle Guilloud is the Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Law on Balancing Best Interests in Healthcare, Ethics and Law (BABEL). Her doctoral thesis undertook a critical analysis of the right to liberty of persons with psychosocial disabilities under European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Suzanne previously worked at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway in Ireland and has also practiced as a barrister at the Bar of Ireland
Peter Dunne is a lecturer at the school of law. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of medical law, family law and European Union law. Peter’s scholarship has a particular focus on the intersections of law, gender and sexuality. His work explores, among other topics, medico-legal frameworks as a means of controlling, producing and pathologising identity. He has published on issues relating to queer healthcare in leading journals, including Medical Law Review, Common Market Law Review and Public Law
Nasrul Ismail has been responsible for the Law School's social media platforms since 2013. His current remit includes expanding CHLS social media presence. Nasrul is also an ESRC PhD Researcher at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His current research investigates the impact of macroeconomic austerity on prisoner health and wellbeing in England.
Dr Catherine Kelly
Dr Catherine Kelly's research focuses on law’s interaction with medicine and the medical profession in both historical and contemporary contexts. In her historical work she examines the ways in which laws relating to the medical sciences were made, applied and changed.Her interest in current medical laws is informed by her experience working at the Australian Medical Association and focuses on professional regulation and the implementation of public health legislation and policy. In both contexts her work encourages reflection about the development of the medical profession and the legal system’s framing and understanding of disease.
Professor Judy Laing
Judy Laing is Professor of Mental Health Law, Rights and Policy and has a long-standing research interest in mental health/capacity and healthcare law. She has published extensively on these topics. Judy is now an expert adviser to the Care Quality Commission’s Mental Health Act Advisory Group (2014-present) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Medical Law Review and Journal of Medical Law and Ethics.
Dr Sheelagh McGuinness
Dr Sheelagh McGuinness has wide-ranging interests in health law and policy, particularly the regulation of reproduction and reproductive justice. Sheelagh is a co-investigator on an ESRC funded projected entitled “Death before Birth: Understanding, informing and supporting the choices made by people who have experienced miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth” and she has continued research interests in the regulation of abortion.
Elizabeth Mumford is interested in a wide range of topics within this field; her main areas of research and writing have been in assisted conception, the medical treatment of children and epidemiological research. Elizabeth is the co-ordinator of our undergraduate unit in Medical Law. She introduced this course to the curriculum more than 25 years ago and arranged for law students and intercalating medical students to study the subject together.
Professor Ken Oliphant
Professor Ken Oliphant has written and researched extensively on the topic of civil liability for medical malpractice, both in domestic law and comparatively. His current research projects involve a wide-ranging set of topics relating to English, European and comparative tort law, and compensation for incapacity.
Professor Aurora Plomer
Professor Aurora Plomer has a dual background in Philosophy and Law. Her current research focuses on International and European Intellectual Property law, human rights and the regulation of new biotechnologies. Aurora has been a member of the Panel of Ethics Experts at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, since 2013.
Dr Devyani Prabhat
Dr Devyani Prabhat’s work on citizenship and immigration focusses on rights and capabilities and adopts a categorical lens using class, race, gender and age as relevant categories for inter-disciplinary analysis of the law. Her recent research has examined the access to health services for various categories of migrants and mental health implications of precarious legal status. Dr Prabhat is interested in various macro-political issues which impact on immigration and nationality laws such the role of lawyers and the legal profession, issues of national security, economic and political constraints on work and voting, and the commitments made towards various categories of migrants.
Dr Oliver Quick
Dr Oliver Quick is interested in medical professionalism, the problem of regulating patient safety, and more generally public health law and ethics. In 2011, he was commissioned to undertake a scoping study on ‘The Effects of Health Professional Regulation on those Regulated’ for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. He has also written widely about the use of criminal law for responding to fatal medical mistakes.
Dr Jane Rooney
Dr Jane Rooney has written and researched on reproductive rights in Northern Ireland. Her current research considers the importance of the judiciary in triggering clarification and reform of legislation on exceptions to the prohibition on abortion in Northern Ireland from a constitutionalist perspective. Jane teaches the approach taken by the European Court of Human Rights to reproductive rights as part of the European Human Rights Law LLM.
Professor Albert Sanchez-Graells
Albert has been actively influencing the Brexit debate through a series of blog posts and thorough legal analysis, including a research briefing of the House of Commons Library. Such engagement has lead to a direct request for written evidence on the impact of Brexit for UK-EU trade in services in an on-going enquiry of the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee.
Professor Keith Syrett
Professor Keith Syrett's research lies at the interface of law, political science and regulatory studies. Keith is globally recognised for his work on the rationing of healthcare resources and the law, the subject of his book, 'Law, Legitimacy and the Rationing of Health Care' (Cambridge University Press, 20017). He has written widely both on judical intervention in allocation decision making and on health technology assessment as an activity of the modern state. He is a member of the Executive Committees of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care and the British Association for Canadian Studies, sits on the World Health Organisaton Technical Consultation Group on Health Systems Governance and is a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Law International.
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Rebecca is interested in all aspects of mental capacity law, public law and health and social care law. Between 2007 and December 2018, she practised as a barrister in England and Wales specialising in Mental Capacity and Public Law. She has extensive experience of working with the Court of Protection and was repeatedly ranked as a leading barrister for Court of Protection and Public Law in legal directories. Since April 2019, Rebecca has been working as a Research Fellow with the 3-year AHRC-funded project, Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law.