Clark Hobson

LLB (Birmingham), PhD (Birmingham), FHEA
Telephone: 0116 223 1973

I joined Leicester Law School in 2017, having previously been a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham. I have also been a visiting scholar at McGill University, and the University of Virginia. I was awarded the Head of School’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Birmingham. I have since been awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education academy at Leicester.

My main research interests lie in the crossover between jurisprudence and ethics. I am particularly interested in analysing judicial decision-making in cases with an inherent ethical content. I am currently looking at whether the concepts of judicial responsibility and legality can detail a better relationship between Parliament and the judiciary in ethically sensitive end-of-life issues.

At the Law School, I am a Year Tutor, Deputy Senior Tutor, and Leicester University Law Society Academic Co-Coordinator. I also deliver a number of Outreach activities. I am the Course Convenor for Bioethics. I have taught on a range of modules at Leicester, including Advanced Property Law (LLB), Autonomy, Capacity and Consent (LLM), Bioethics (LLB), Jurisprudence (LLB), Land Law (LLB), and Medical Law (LLB).

Research Interests

  • Bioethics
  • Jurisprudence
  • Medical law
  • Land law


Co-editor: S. Smith, J. Coggon, C. Hobson, R. Huxtable, S. McGuinness, J. Miola, M. Neal (eds), Ethical Judgments: Re-Writing Medical Law (Hart 2017)

‘Assisted Dying Challenges: Dynamic and Stasis in the UK Courts’ (2018) 18 (4) Medical Law International 256   Open access version,

‘Is It Now Institutionally Appropriate for the Courts to Consider Whether the Assisted Dying Ban is Human Rights Compatible?’ (2018) 26 (3) Medical Law Review 514

‘Assisted Suicide: Unpicking the Warp and Woof of Politics, Ethics and the Law in Nicklinson’ in Coggon, Hobson, Huxtable, Miola, McGuinness, Neal and Smith (eds) Ethical Judgments: Re-writing Medical Law (Hart 2017)

‘Williams v The Bermuda Hospitals Board: Pro-Patient, but for Ambiguities Which Remain’ (2017) 25 (1) Medical Law Review 126

Medicine, Patients and the Law, Margaret Brazier and Emma Cave (6th ed.)’ (2017) 17 (1-2) Medical Law International 99

‘No (,) More Bolam Please’ (2016) 79 (3) Modern Law Review 488

‘Choosing Wisely? Not as the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges envisages’ (2015) 76 (12) British Journal of Hospital Medicine 676

Standing on Principles: Collected Essays, Tom L Beauchamp’ (2012) 20 (1) Medical Law Review 173

Online articles

‘UK Supreme Court decision changes rules about brain-damaged patients’ (Bioedge, 2018)

Update from the UK: Noel Conway can challenge assisted dying ban’ (Bioedge, 2017)

‘Has the UK reached a tipping point on assisted suicide?’ (BioEdge, 2017)

Why do patients want treatment that doesn’t work?The Conversation, 2015)

Doctors can’t pick and choose which risks we should be told about’ (The Conversation, 2015)

Court decision on consent must put the onus on doctors to fully disclose risks’ (The Conversation, 2015)

Technology can help cure but healing is about more than just focusing on disease’ (The Conversation, 2014)

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