The Centre's leading academics have produced a wealth of publications and resources which highlight their knowledge in their field of expertise.

  • Public Health Law: Ethics, Governance, and Regulation

    by John Coggon, Keith Syrett, A. M. Viens
    Law and regulation are at the heart of public health. They are fundamental both to methods of achieving public health goals and to constraints that may be put on public health activity. As such, trainees, practitioners, and leaders in public health need to understand the breadth and nature of wide-ranging legal and regulatory approaches and the place of ethics in public health.

  • Global Health and International Community

    by John Coggon
    A foundational study of the urgent issues spanning the fields of ethics, human rights, international relations, law, philosophy and global politics. Addressing questions relating to justice, equity and inequality and regarding multi-organizational cooperation, global governance and international relations, this is an essential resource for scholars, students, activists and policy makers across the globe.

  • Principles of Medical Law

    by Andrew Grubb, Judith Laing, Jean McHale, Professor Sir Ian Kennedy
    An in-depth analysis of the spectrum of issues relating to medical law, this latest edition provides an accessible account of common law and statutory provisions governing healthcare provision in England and Wales, including questions of fundamental human rights in relation to medical law. Recently cited in the Supreme Court in Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v James and Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board.

  • War and Militarization of British Army Medicine

    by Catherine Kelly
    The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, British doctors were confronted with battlefield injuries, virulent and mysterious diseases, and complex military politics that few had encountered before. This study demonstrates the emergence of the `military medical officer' and places their work within the broader context of changes to British medicine during the first half of the nineteenth century.

  • Abortion Reform in Ireland

    by Sheelagh McGuinness
    Ireland's abortion laws are some of the most restrictive in the world. In 2014 and 2015, Dr Sheelagh McGuinness was a member of working group of legal experts who drafted model legislation for law reform.

  • Patents, Human Rights and Access to Science

    by Aurora Plomer 
    The new millennium has been described as ‘the century of biology’, but scientific progress and access to medicines has been marred by global disputes over ownership of the science by universities and private companies. This book examines the challenges posed by the modern patent system to the right of everyone to access the benefits of science in international law.

  • Regulating Patient Safety

    by Oliver Quick
    Systematically improving patient safety is of the utmost importance, but it is also an extremely complex and challenging task. This illuminating study evaluates the role of professionalism, regulation and law in seeking to improve safety, arguing that the 'medical dominance' model is ill-suited to this aim, which instead requires a patient-centred vision of professionalism.

  • Ethical Judgments. Re-writing medical law

    by Stephen W Smith, John Coggon, Clark Hobson, Richard Huxtable, Sheelagh McGuinness, José Miola, Mary Neal
    An exploration of the ethical nature of judicial decision-making, particularly relating to cases in the health/medical sphere. With no specific training in ethical decision-making, Judges do not present consistent or robust ethical theory in their judgments, even when cases appear to rely on moral claims. This project imagines a world in which decisions by judges have to be ethically as well as legally valid.

Our research

The Centre includes academics who combine internationally-recognised research profiles with a wealth of experience working with organisations that are responsible for policy-development, professional regulation, and social advocacy. Centre members present at national and international conferences and publish on both domestic and global platforms

Areas of expertise

  • Clinical Negligence
  • Health and Social Care Regulation
  • Human Rights and Health
  • Mental Health and Capacity
  • Public and Global Health
  • Regulating Professions
  • Reproductive Justice


For more information on the centre, feel free to contact Professor John Coggon or Dr Judy Laing.

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