Ms Ruby Reed-Berendt is a Research Associate at Edinburgh Law School, working in the field of medical law and ethics. Ruby’s current projects include: 1. Legal Transplants and Policy Transfers: Legislating for Organ Donation in a Devolved UK: this project explores the political and legal processes surrounding the development of opt out systems for organ donation in the context of devolution, across the four UK Nations. Ruby is working with Professor Anne-Maree Farrell, Co-Investigator, focusing on donation in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 2. UK-REACH: a UKRI-funded project which investigates if, how, and why ethnicity affects COVID-19 clinical outcomes in healthcare workers. Ruby is working with Dr Edward Dove, Co-Investigator, on the work package which seeks to understand and address legal and ethical issues arising from the linkage of data on health workers’ employment, registration and healthcare.
Ruby is also a second-year part time PhD student. Her PhD research proposes a feminist critique of mental health and capacity law in England and Wales, with a focus on the mechanisms which allow patients to be treated without consent, and what new insights can be delivered by analysing the law from a feminist perspective. She is supervised by Dr Edward Dove and Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra.
Ruby holds a Bachelor of Laws in Law and French Law (First Class Honours) from University College London, and a Master of Laws in Medical Law and Ethics (Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. Ruby also holds a Diploma in French Law (Distinction) from Aix-Marseille Université.
Ruby is a Postgraduate Representative on the Executive Committee of the Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law, and President of Law School’s Postgraduate Research Student Board. She is a member of the Centre for Bioethics, Self and Society.