Elizabeth Wicks

Elizabeth  WicksElizabeth  WicksProfessor
LLB (De Montfort), LLM (Leicester), PhD (Birmingham)
Email: liz.wicks@le.ac.uk
Telephone: 0116 223 1291

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LLB (De Montfort), LLM (Leicester), PhD (Birmingham)

I recently joined Leicester from the University of Birmingham where I was a lecturer, and subsequently senior lecturer, for ten years. My PhD was on Human Rights Treaties and Sovereignty. My current research interests lie in medical law, constitutional law, and human rights, especially human rights in healthcare and the right to life. I am the author of three books, including most recently The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests which was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. This book investigates the situations in which the right to life conflicts with other interests, such as prevention of crime, the rights of others, autonomy, quality of life or the allocation of limited resources. My interest in medical law has led to me sitting on a number of ethics committees including the Advisory Committee on Ethics for the Assisted Conception Unit at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. I have been invited to talk about aspects of my research at many universities and organisations in the UK and overseas, including the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Universities of Pescara and Perugia in Italy.


Constitutional and Administrative Law
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Healthcare Law

The European Convention of Human Rights: Institutions, Procedures and Fundamental Rights
Global Protection of Human Rights: Core Principles
Global Protection of Human Rights: Implementation Methods


Selected publications

  • The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • ‘Positive and Negative Obligations under the Right to Life in English Medical Law’ in J. Yorke (ed), Orientations of the Right and Value of Life (Ashgate, 2010)
  • ‘Religion, Law and Medicine: Legislating on Birth and Death in a Christian State’ (2009) 17 Medical Law Review 1-28.
  • Human Rights and Healthcare (Hart Publishing, 2007).
  • ‘Terminating Life and Human Rights: The Foetus and the Neonate’ in C.A. Erin & S. Ost, The Criminal Justice System and Healthcare (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • The Evolution of a Constitution: Eight Key Moments in British Constitutional History (Hart Publishing, 2006).
  • ‘Taking Account of Strasbourg? The British Judiciary’s Approach to Interpreting Convention Rights’ (2005) 11(3) European Public Law 405-428.
  • ‘Late Termination of Pregnancy for Reason of Fetal Abnormality: Medical and Legal Perspectives’ (2004) 12(3) Medical Law Review 285-305 (with M. Wyldes and M. Kilby)

Full publication list (pdf)


Human rights (especially the ECHR, human rights in healthcare, and the right to life); British constitutional law and history; medical law.


I welcome approaches from prospective doctoral students in any of the areas of my research interests, but especially in the areas of human rights in healthcare and the right to life.

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