The Centre includes leading 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.

  • Abortion Reform in IrelandIreland'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.
  • Ethical Judgments. Re-writing medical lawAn 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.
  • Global Health and International Community: 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: 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.
  • Public Health Law. Ethics, Governance and Regulation: This ground-breaking book presents the field of public health ethics and law and goes on to examine the impact within the UK of private law, criminal law, public law, EU and international law, and ‘softer’ regulatory approaches. It is a primary point of reference for scholars, practitioners, and leaders working in public health, particularly those with an interest in law, policy, and ethics.
  • Regulating Patient Safety: 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.
  • War and  Militarization of British Army Medicine: 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.

Areas of expertise

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

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