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Professor John Coggon


John Coggon was appointed to a Chair in Law at the University of Bristol Law School in August 2016, having previously worked at the Universities of Southampton and Manchester. His primary areas of expertise are in Health Law and Policy, with particular points of focus in Public and Global Health Ethics and Law, and Mental Capacity Law. His research is rooted in legal, moral, and political theory, and aims to bring insights from these to policy and practice. He is a founding member, and former co-Director, of the University of Bristol's Centre for Health, Law, and Society. He is also a member of the Bristol Population Health Science Institute, and the Centre for Public Health. In June 2016 he was made an Honorary Member of the UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH).

Professor Coggon’s academic contributions include his internationally-recognised monograph What Makes Health Public? (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and a field-defining book Public Health Law: Ethics, Governance, and Regulation (Routledge, 2017), co-authored with Professor Keith Syrett (Bristol) and Dr A.M. Viens (York). He has published articles in leading law, ethics, and medical journals, contributed chapters to major edited collections, and has been co-editor of five books. He has worked on projects funded by bodies including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Society of Legal Scholars, the UK Prevention Research Partnership, and the Wellcome Trust. His editorial positions include having served as Editor-in-Chief of Health Care Analysis, and he is a current editorial board member of Public Health Ethics. Beyond his academic publications, Professor Coggon has been commissioned to publish reports for Public Health England and the FPH. His committee experience includes his position as a member of the British Medical Journal's ethics committee, and as a founding member of FPH's ethics committee. He is also a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Professor Coggon has teaching interests in Health Law and Policy and Public Law. He is Programme Director of the University of Bristol's distinctive LLM in Health, Law, and Society, and on this has coordinated units in Health Inequalities, Law, and Society, and Public and Global Health Law. Beyond the Law School, he has strong interests in Public Health Ethics and Law education, which include the provision of specialist teaching in these areas to public health trainees and practitioners, and teaching on the University's MSc in Public Health. He has been a co-supervisor on four completed PhD projects, and welcomes informal enquiries from potential postgraduate students, and scholars interested in exploring options to apply for postdoctoral fellowships, within his fields of expertise.



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