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Dr Edward Dove

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Reader in Health Law and Regulation


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On Research Leave 2022/2023

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Edward (Ted) Dove is Reader in Health Law and Regulation at Edinburgh Law School and a Deputy Director of the J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Political Science and Civil Law and Common Law degrees (BCL, LLB) from McGill University, a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from Columbia University, and a PhD in Law from the University of Edinburgh.

Ted’s primary research interests are in the areas of confidentiality and data protection law in the biomedical context, research ethics governance, and health research regulation. His current research focus lies in assessing the links between the common law duty of confidentiality, privacy, and data protection law; assessing how EU and UK data protection law impacts health research and data-driven medicine; and in conducting empirical studies of regulatory bodies involved in health-related and data-driven research. He is author of the open access monograph, Regulatory Stewardship of Health Research: Navigating Participant Protection and Research Promotion (Edward Elgar, 2020); co-editor of Law and Legacy in Medical Jurisprudence: Essays in Honour of Graeme Laurie (Cambridge University Press, 2022); and co-author of one of the leading medical law textbooks in the UK, Mason and McCall Smith’s Law and Medical Ethics (11th edn, Oxford University Press, 2019).

Ted is a member of the National Data Guardian's Panel. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Research Ethics, and an Editorial Board member of the journals Asian Bioethics Review and the European Journal of Health Law. Ted is the UK National Contact for the European Association of Health Law (EAHL) and the UK representative for the European Network of Research Ethics Committees (EUREC).

Twitter: @EdwardSDove