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Professor John Coggon

Professor John Coggon

Professor John Coggon

Chair in Law

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Professor of Law

Office 2.01 Berkeley Square
8-10 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1HH
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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. In June 2016 he was made an Honorary Member of the UK’s Faculty of Public Health. His primary areas of expertise are in Health Law and Policy, with particular points of focus in Public and Global Health, 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. As such, he engages with organisations including the Faculty of Public Health, Public Health England, and the World Health Organisation. He has also sat on a clinical ethics committee, and is a member of the British Medical Journal’s ethics committee.


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 (Cardiff) and Dr A.M. Viens (Southampton). 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 British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Society of Legal Scholars, and the Wellcome Trust. His editorial positions include serving as Editor-in-Chief of Health Care Analysis and as an editorial board member of Public Health Ethics.


Professor Coggon has teaching interests in areas including Public Law, Constitutional Rights, Medical Law, and wider areas of Health Law and Policy. 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. He has also been a co-supervisor on four completed PhD projects. He 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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