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Mr Gerard Porter

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Senior Lecturer in Medical Law & Ethics


Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2023


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Gerard Porter is a lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics. He is a graduate of Cardiff University (LL.B. Law and Japanese) and Kyushu University, Japan (LL.M. International Economic and Business Law). His research interests include medical law, patent law and the regulation of the life sciences. He speaks Japanese and also conducts comparative research in Japanese law within these subject areas.

He has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Studies in Ethics and Rights (Mumbai, India), the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore and with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently serving as the Director of Ethics and Integrity at Edinburgh Law School.

Working with partners in the UK and India, he is also the Principal Investigator of a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Government of India, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) entitled: 'Smart regulation of antibiotic use in India: Understanding, innovating and improving compliance'. The aims of this inter-disciplinary project are, first, to better understand the various problems around the regulation of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) containment in India, and second, to improve the situation by applying the concepts and methods of 'smart regulation'.