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Professor Anne-Maree Farrell

Professor of Medical Jurisprudence

BA, LLB, BLitt, MA, PhD

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Monday 13:00-14:00


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Professor Anne-Maree Farrell is Chair of Medical Jurisprudence at Edinburgh Law School and Director of the Mason Institute.

Professor Farrell's research expertise lies generally in health law and bioethics. She is particularly interested in the relationship between politics and regulation in the area of health. She has specific interests in law and the human body (blood, organ, tissue), health technologies, health security, the management of public health risks, clinical negligence and no-fault compensation for medical injury. She admitted to legal practice as a solicitor in Australia, Ireland, England & Wales. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked as a lawyer in private legal practice specialising in mass torts, product liability and medical negligence.

Professor Farrell has published widely in a range of internationally recognised journals and edited collections. Her sole-authored book, The Politics of Blood: Ethics Innovation and the Regulation of Risk (Cambridge University Press, 2012) was published in hardback in 2012 and in paperback in 2014. Other books include Health Law: Frameworks and Context (Cambridge University Press, 2017) with J Devereux, I Karpin and P Weller; Pioneering Healthcare Law: Essays in Honour of Margaret Brazier (Routledge, 2016) co-edited with C Stanton, S Devaney and A Mullock; European Law and New Health Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2013), co-edited with M Flear, T Hervey and T Murphy and Organ Shortage: Ethics Law and Pragmatism (Cambridge University Press, 2011), co-edited with D Price and M Quigley.

Professor Farrell has been successful in obtaining over £1.76 million in competitive funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation and the Australian Research Council. Funded projects have examined the regulation of human bodies/tissue; the relationship between health, technology and regulation; the law and ethics of organ donation and transplantation; clinical negligence litigation; no-fault compensation for medical injury; and cross-border healthcare on the island of Ireland.

Current research projects include:

1. Regulation of Human Tissue: Principles, Institutions and Politics This project examines how ethical principles, institutional/expert cultures and political processes impact upon the design of regulation involving human tissue. It was funded by the Australian Research Council.

2. Technology Sexuality and the Law This project involves a socio-legal study of how new technologies are transforming the ways in which people seek and enact sexual connections and experience sexual intimacy. It involves both normative and empirical research and is funded by the Australian Research Council.

3. Cross-border healthcare on the island of Ireland This project involves running a series of workshops bringing together North-South stakeholders to examine healthcare law, policy and ethics provision on the island of Ireland. It is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Twitter: @amfarrell101