Professor Anne-Maree Farrell appointed as Independent Legal Expert to the Northern Ireland Department of Health Steering Group
Mon 5 February 2024
Professor Anne-Maree Farrell has been appointed as Independent Legal Expert to the Northern Ireland Department of Health Steering Group overseeing the reform of public health protection laws, which is now considered necessary in light of lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic. With her expertise in public health law and ethics, Professor Farrell will be working with a range of stakeholders and departmental officials to advise on the format and content of new laws in the area.
In the event that power-sharing institutions are restored in Northern Ireland, it is hoped that the law reform process will be completed in 2024-25.
Professor Farrell is the Director of the Mason Institute and Chair of Medical Jurisprudence at Edinburgh Law School. She is the first woman to hold the Chair, which was first established over 210 years ago. Her research expertise lies generally in health law and bioethics.