Medico-legal research cluster

This research cluster considers all aspects of the law relating to medical treatment.

medico legal word cloud The members of the cluster have disparate interests within this general area. These include, but are not limited to, ethical issues, professional regulation, clinical negligence, medical treatment and the family, parental rights, human rights and healthcare, body ownership, reproductive rights, law and technology and autonomy.

Members and research

Dr Tracey ElliottTracey Elliott is currently working on a Wellcome Seed funded project with Jose Miola, looking at health care professionals' perceptions of barriers to medical innovation. Between January-March 2019, Tracey was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Otago, conducting research into the New Zealand Code of Patient's Rights. In May 2019 Tracey will be a Visiting Scholar at the Hastings Center, Garrison, New York, examining ethical issues in relation to Jehovah's Witnesses and bloodless transplants. 
Dr Tracey Elliot staff profile

Clark Hobson small photographClark Hobson's main research interests lie in the crossover between jurisprudence and ethics, in looking at judicial decision-making in cases with an inherent ethical content. Clark is currently analysing end of life issues through the context of the judgments in Conway and Omid T, building on his work published in Medical Law Review and Medical Law International. He is looking at whether the concepts of judicial responsibility and legality can be used to detail a better relationship between Parliament and the judiciary in ethically sensitive and controversial end of life issues.

Dr Clark Hobson staff profile

Dr Katherine WadeKatherine is interested in interrogating issues in medical law and family law from a children’s rights perspective. Her PhD examined the ethical and legal issues in conducting clinical trials with neonates, from a children’s rights perspective. She is currently researching the impact of surrogacy on children’s rights. In 2019, she presented before the Committee on the Rights of the Child at a Committee briefing on the topic of surrogacy on the child’s right to know their origins under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and how these rights could be affected in the context of surrogacy arrangements.

Dr Katherine Wade staff profile

Prof Liz Wicks medical lawLiz's main research expertise is on issues of human rights in the health care context, especially in relation to end of life decision-making, as well as on broader issues of bodily autonomy and the right to life. She has written four monographs published by OUP and Hart and is currently working on a new book about suicide and the law. Her current work also includeschapters on the role of the right to life in deaths caused by the negligence of public bodies and the potential application of the right to freedom of conscience to assisted dying.

Prof Liz Wicks staff profile

Prof Jose Miola medical lawJose is currently leading a project developing a mobile phone app to facilitate dynamic consent by participants in medical research. He is also, with Tracey Elliott, looking at what doctors perceive the barriers to medical innovation might be. His most recent publications include a piece in Law, Innovation and Technology, cited by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, on the value of databases of innovative medical treatments, and a book chapter on communitarian theory and the use of data and samples held by the NHS to be published by Cambridge University Press. Two of his pieces on informed consent were cited in a 2019 Scottish Parliament report into informed consent in healthcare settings.

Prof Jose Miola staff profile

News and events

Law School lecturer presents at UN Committee

Law School lecturer presents at UN Committee

Posted by ab98 at Feb 06, 2019 02:15 PM |

Lecturer in Law, Katherine Wade presented her research to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 5 February 2019

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Innovation, trust and the regulation of mHealth Apps: a balancing exercise?  21 November, 2018

Innovation, trust and the regulation of mHealth Apps: a balancing exercise? 21 November, 2018

Posted by ab98 at Nov 14, 2018 01:00 PM |

Maria Sheppard (Queen Mary, University of London)

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The University of Leicester Medical Law Mooting Competition 2018, 1 December 2018

The University of Leicester Medical Law Mooting Competition 2018, 1 December 2018

Posted by ab98 at Nov 01, 2018 12:00 AM |

The seventh annual competition will take place on Saturday, 1 December 2018 at Leicester University. This year, the competition is being sponsored and supported by 1 Crown Office Row and LIME Clinical Negligence.

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‘Exhumation of the Dead as a Human Right’, 7 November, 2018

‘Exhumation of the Dead as a Human Right’, 7 November, 2018

Posted by ab98 at Oct 24, 2018 04:15 PM |

Dr Remigius Nwabueze (University of Southampton)

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Law Professor Quoted and Cited on Medical Treatment and Risk by Singapore Court of Appeal

Law Professor Quoted and Cited on Medical Treatment and Risk by Singapore Court of Appeal

Posted by ab98 at Jun 13, 2017 12:55 PM |

Work by Prof Jose Miola was utilised by the Singapore Court of Appeal in a major case on risk disclosure by medical professionals.

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‘Litigating The Right To Health: How The Right to Health Is Playing Out in Developed and Middle-Income Countries’, 22 June 2017

‘Litigating The Right To Health: How The Right to Health Is Playing Out in Developed and Middle-Income Countries’, 22 June 2017

Posted by ab98 at Jun 13, 2017 12:09 PM |

Professor Colleen M. Flood, Professor of Health Law and Policy, director of the Ottawa Centre for Health Law Ethics and Policy, University of Ottawa.

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Seeking Certainty? Judicial Approaches to the (Non-)Treatment of Minimally Conscious Patients, 1 February 2017

Seeking Certainty? Judicial Approaches to the (Non-)Treatment of Minimally Conscious Patients, 1 February 2017

Posted by ab98 at Jan 30, 2017 12:00 AM |

Professor Richard Huxtable, Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol

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