Medical Law and Ethics
Edinburgh Law School has a long-standing tradition of teaching and research in the field of medical law and ethics. Our leading textbook, Mason and McCall-Smith’s Law and Medical Ethics, was the first of its kind when published in 1983. Today, the research area is one of the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom and it is home to a vibrant community of scholars studying and researching in this dynamic field.
As well as core undergraduate courses, we have an international reputation for our LLM degrees offered both on-campus and by online learning. Our PhD community has particular strength, and many graduates are now leading academics in their own right. Continuing professional development options are also available to support practitioners in healthcare, law, and associated professions keep on top of this fast-moving area.
In research terms, much of our work is carried out under the auspices of the Mason Institute that was established in 2012 as a cross-College interdisciplinary research hub. The Mason Institute’s mission is to investigate the interface between medicine, life sciences, and the law as these disciplines impact on medical and bioethical developments on a national and global scale. Our research has been funded by Wellcome Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, among others. We pride ourselves on our strong sense of interdisciplinary team working, and an example is our Liminal Spaces project that has been looking at how to improve human health research regulation.
Elizabeth Agnew, Research Fellow
Sharon Cowan, Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies
Christina Douglas, Research Assistant
Edward Dove, Lecturer in Health Law and Regulation
Murray Earle, Senior Teaching Fellow in Medical Law
Anne-Maree Farrell, Chair of Medical Jurisprudence
Agomoni Ganguli Mitra, Chancellor’s Fellow in Legal and Ethical Aspects of Biomedicine
Kate Harvey, Research Fellow
Graeme Laurie, Professorial Fellow
Catriona McMillan, Senior Research Fellow, Liminal Spaces Project
Gerard Porter, Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics
Emily Postan, Senior Research and Teaching Fellow in Bioethics
Ruby Reed-Berendt, Research Associate
Annie Sorbie, Lecturer in Law (Medical Law and Ethics)
Beyond categorisation: Refining the relationship between subjects and objects in health research regulation
McMillan, C, Dove, E, Laurie, G, Postan, E, Sethi, N & Sorbie, A. In:Law, Innovation and Technology. 2021. View article
A Striking Look into the InvisibleWorld of Phase 1 Clinical Trials: A Book Review of Jill Fisher's Adverse Events
Richards, R. New Genetics and Society, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print), pp. 1–2 View article
Ethics Review of Big Data Research: What Should Stay and What Should Be Reformed?
Ferretti A. … Dove E.S. et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2021; 22: 51 (1-13).
What can data trusts for health research learn from participatory governance in biobanks?
Milne, R, Sorbie, A & Dixon-Woods, M., Journal of Medical Ethics. 2021. View article
Sex selection and global gender justice.
Ganguli-Mitra, Agomoni. In: Journal of Social Philosophy, 11.01.2021. View article
What does it mean for a data subject to make their personal data 'manifestly public'?
Dove, ES & Chen, J. An analysis of GDPR Article 9(2)(e), International Data Privacy Law. 2021. View article
To What Extent Are Calls for Greater Minority Representation in COVID Vaccine Research Ethically Justified?
Ballantyne, A and Ganguli-Mitra, A, in: American Journal of Bioethics 99-101 (2021) 21(2) View article
Ethics review of big data research: What should stay and what should be reformed?
Ferretti, A, Ienca, M, Sheehan, M, Blasimme, A, Dove, ES, Farsides, B, Friesen, P, Kahn, J, Karlen, W, Kleist, P, Liao, SM, Nebeker, C, Samuel, G, Shabani, M, Rivas Velarde, M & Vayena, E. , BMC Medical Ethics. 2021. View article
Examining the Power of the Social Imaginary through Competing Narratives of Data Ownership in Health Research
Sorbie A, Gueddana W, Laurie G, Townend D, In: Journal of Law and the Biosciences, 04.02.2021 View article
Raising Standards for Global Data-Sharing
Dove E.S., Chen J., Ni Loideain N. In: Science 133–134. (2021) 371(6525)
Better Governance of Human Genomic Data: Clarifying the Issues and Balancing Competing Values
O’Doherty K., Shabani M., Dove E.S. et al. In: Nature Genetics 2–8. (2021) 53(1)
Imagining Life with “Immunity Passports”: Managing Risk During a Pandemic
De Togni G, Boydell N, Chan, Erikainen S, Ford A, Ganguli-Mitra A et al, Discover Society, 1-4. In: Discover Society, Policy Press, 01.06.2020, p. 1-4. View article
Should Consent for Data Processing be Privileged in Health Research? A Comparative Legal Analysis
Dove E.S., Chen J. In: International Data Privacy Law, Vol.10, Issue 02, May 2020, p.117–131. View article
To What Extent Does the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Apply to Citizen Scientist-led Health Research with Mobile Devices?
Dove E.S., Chen J. In: Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 28.04.2020, p.187–195. View article
Public Involvement in the Governance of Population-level Biomedical Research: Unresolved Questions and Future Directions
Erikanien S, Sorbie A, Chan S, et al, In: Journal of Medical Ethics, 06.10.2020. p522-525 View article
Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: Time for a Restorative Justice Approach?
Farrell AM, Alghrani A and Kazarian M, In: Medical Law Review, Vol. 28 Issue 03, Summer 2020, p.526-548. View article
Mental Health and Capacity Laws in Northern Ireland and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Examining Powers, Procedures and Protections under Emergency Legislation
Farrell AM and Hann P , In: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 22.06.2020 View article
Co-production and Managing Uncertainty in Health Research Regulation: A Delphi Study
Fletcher I., Birko S., Dove E.S., Laurie G.T., McMillan, C., Postan, E., Sethi, N., and Sorbie, A., Health Care Anal 28 (2020), p.99–120, View article
Fail to Prepare and You Prepare to Fail: The Human Rights Consequences of the UK Government’s Inaction During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Frowde R., Dove E.S., Laurie G. Asian Bioethics Review, 04.12.2020 View article
Segmenting Communities as Public Health Strategy: A View from the Social Sciences and Humanities
Ganguli-Mitra A, Young I, Engelmann L et al. , In: Wellcome Open Research, 6.05.2020. View article
Establishing the International Genetic Discrimination Observatory
Joly Y. … Dove E.S. et al. In: Nature Genetics, Issue 52, May 2020 p.466–468.
Asian Bioethics Review Enters a New Era
Laurie, G., In: Asian Bioethics Review, Vol. 12, March 2020, p.1-3, View article
Sustaining Bioethical Contributions in Times of Crisis and Change
Laurie, G., In: Asian Bioethics Review, June 2020, p.61-63, View article
Laurie, G. In: Asian Bioethics Review, September 2020, p.253–255, View article
Bidding farewell to 2020: What lessons have we learned and what can bioethics continue to teach us?
Laurie, Graeme T. In: Asian Bioethics Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, 01.12.2020, p. 375-378. View article
ABC V. St George’s Healthcare Trust And Ors: A New Duty Of Care?
McMillan, C. In: Edinburgh Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2020 p.394. View article
DNACPRs and Advance Care Planning in the COVID-19 pandemic: Key Lessons
McMillan, C., and Sobolewska, V., In: Journal of Medical Ethics, 15 April 2020. View article
Beyond Categorisation: Navigating the Relationship Between Subjects and Objects in Health Research Regulation
McMillan C., Dove E.S., Laurie G., Postan E., Seth, N., Sorbie A. In: Law, Innovation and Technology 18.03.2021 View article
The medicolegal landscape through the lens of COVID-19: time for reform
Mehta, A.R; Szakmany, T.; Sorbie, A. In: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 19.11.2020. View article
Better Governance of Human Genomic Data: Clarifying the Issues and Balancing Competing Values
O’Doherty K., Shabani M., Dove E.S. et al. In: Nature Genetics p 2-8 (2021)
Narrative Devices: Neurotechnologies, Information, and Self-Constitution
Postan, E. Online First p 23-41, 03.02.2021 View article
Clarifying How to Deploy the Public Interest Criterion in Consent Waivers for Health Data and Tissue Research
Schaefer, G.O., Laurie. G., Menon, S., Campbell, A.V., and Voo, T.C., In: BMC Medical Ethics, Vol. 21, No. 23, 20.03.2020. View article
Children’s best interests and parents’ views: Challenges from medical law
Sorbie, A. In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 07.04.2020. View article
The Human Embryo In Vitro: Breaking the Legal Stalemate McMillan, C., Cambridge Bioethics and Law, Cambridge University Press. 2021 View book
Regulatory Stewardship of Health Research: Navigating Participant Protection and Research Promotion. Dove, E.S. (2020) Edward Elgar Publishing View book
The Cambridge Handbook on Health Research Regulation. Laurie, GT, Dove ES, Fletcher I, Ganguli-Mitra A, McMillan C, Postan E, Sethi N, Sorbie A (eds) Cambridge University Press (2021) (in press). View book
The Human Embryo in vitro: A Processual Entity in Legal Stasis. McMillan, C, Cambridge University Press (2021) (in press).
Medical Matters’, Scottish Older Client Law Service
Earle, M. Bloomsbury. Updated 2020.
Doctors and Global Health Security: What Role for Ethics and Regulation?
Farrell AM, in Jacob MA and Kirkland A (eds), Research Handbook on Socio-Legal Studies of Medicine and Health (Edward Elgar, 2020) 319-332.
Humanitarian Research: Ethical Considerations in Conducting Research during Global Health Emergencies
Ganguli-Mitra, A and Hunt, in Laurie, G et al. (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Health Research Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2021) (in press).
Greater Glasgow Health Board v Doogan and another (Scotland)
Ganguli-Mitra A and Postan E., Chapter 15 in Scottish Feminist Judgments: (Re)Creating Law from the Outside In (Hart Publishing, 2019)
Laurie, GT and Coleman CH, in Orentlicher, D and Hervey T (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Health Law (Oxford University Press, 2020) View chapter
Towards a Learning Health Research Regulation System
Laurie, G., in Laurie, G et al. (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Health Research Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2021) (in press).
What Could a Learning Health Research Regulation System Look Like?
Laurie, G., in Laurie, G et al. (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Health Research Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2021) (in press).
When is Human? Rethinking the 14-day Rule
McMillan, C., in Laurie, G et al. (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Health Research Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2021) (in press).
Changing Identities in Disclosure of Research Findings
Postan, E. in Laurie, G et al. (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Health Research Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2021) (in press).
Concepts: The Public Interest
Sorbie A, in Laurie, G et al. (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Health Research Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2021) (in press).
COVID-19 Vaccination in the UK and Ireland: Ethics in Practice, PHELN Working Paper No. 1
Ó Néill C., Tumelty, ME., Donnelly, M., Farrell, AM., Frowde, R. and Pentony, L. June 2021 View paper
Dove ES, Ada Lovelace Institute, Alan Turing Institute, and University of Exeter Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Looking Before We Leap: Ethical Review Processes for AI and Data Science Research. “Emerging Challenges for University RECs in the Era of AI and Data Science Research”, 12 May 2021. [Keynote speaker] (Webinar due to the Covid-19 pandemic.)
Dove ES, Wellcome Genome Campus – 2nd Personal Genomes Conference. “Promoting Responsible Genomic Data Sharing: The Work of the GA4GH’s Regulatory and Ethics Work Stream”, 30 April 2021. (Webinar due to the Covid-19 pandemic.)
Dove ES, HeLEX Seminar Series – University of Oxford. “UK-REACH: Exploring the Legal and Ethical Implications of Linking Healthcare, Employment and Registration Data of UK Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic”, 24 February 2021 (co-presentation with Ruby Reed-Berendt). (Webinar due to the Covid-19 pandemic.)
McMillan, C.., Invited Speaker, ‘Rights, duties and conflict handling among progenitors. How to harmonize the right to become a mother or a father and the right to not become. International jurisprudence.’ Universidad Diego Portales (June 2021) View event
McMillan, C., Invited Panellist, ‘Women EmpowerED Reproductive Rights Panel Discussion’, University of Edinburgh (March 2021) View event
Dove ES, co-presentation with Ruby Reed-Berendt, Irish Association of Law Teachers and Northern/Ireland Health Law and Ethics Network – COVID-19 and Legal Responses on the island of Ireland webinar, ‘UK-REACH: Exploring the Legal and Ethical Implications of Linking Healthcare, Employment and Registration Data of UK Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic’, 11 December 2020.
Dove ES, Queen’s University Belfast Health Law and Ethics Seminar Series (Webinar), ‘NHS Research Ethics Committees as Processual Regulators: Navigating Participant Protection and Research Promotion’, 2 December 2020.
Farrell AM, Invited Speaker, ‘No-Fault Compensation for Medical Injury: Which Way Forward after the COVID-19 Pandemic?’, Medical Defence Union (MDU) Study Day, June 2020 (online).
Farrell AM, ‘Global Health Security, Ethics and the Regulation of Public Health Risks’, United States Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, June 2020 (online).
Farrell AM, Invited Speaker, ‘Managing the Dead and the COVID-19 Pandemic’, QUB Human Rights Centre All-Ireland Conversations: Human Rights and Covid-19 Webinar Series, May 2020 (online).
Farrell AM, Keynote Speaker, ‘Contaminated Blood, Medicine and the Politics of Scandal’, Medico-Legal Society of Northern Ireland, January 2020.
Ganguli-Mitra, A., Invited Panelist, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Webinar on the Ethical Implications of Antibody Testing and “Immunity Certification” (July 2020) View presentation
Ganguli-Mitra, A, Invited Speaker, ‘Ethics in Times of Pandemic: Revisiting Vulnerability’, Edinburgh Infectious Disease Coronavirus Workshop, 2020. View event
Ganguli-Mitra, A, Invited Speaker, ‘Vulnerability and Responsive Pedagogy’, Race.Ed Launch Event on Collective and Creative Pedagogy (July, 2020) View event
Postan E, ‘Identity and Information: Learning from Genetics, Looking Beyond Genetics’ Plenary Paper at the Genethics Forum Meeting, November 2020 (online).
Sorbie, A., Invited Speaker, ‘Examining the Power of the Social Imaginary of Data Ownership in Health Research: A Socio-Legal Analysis’, Law, Biomedical Technoscience and Imaginaries: A Virtual Symposium to Mark Publication of the Special Issue in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, 4 February 2021
Sorbie, A., Invited Speaker, ‘Candour and Healthcare’, Centre for Health, Law and Society Annual Symposium, the University of Bristol, 11 February 2021 (online) View event
Sorbie, A., Governance Challenges in Population-level Research: Can Engaging Publics Resolve Ethics and Legitimacy Problems?, 15th World Congress of Bioethics, June 2020 (online)
Sorbie, A., Invited Speaker, Webinar - Embedding the Professional Duty of Candour (Patient Safety Seminar Series, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 13 August 2020)
Dove, ES, ‘Ethics Review in Scottish Universities: How Can We Do Better?’ Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Research Incentive Grant [£11,435] (PI: ES Dove, 2020-21).
Dove ES, ‘UK-REACH: United Kingdom Research Study into Ethnicity and COVID-19 Outcomes in Healthcare Workers’, COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call, UKRI-NIHR.
[£2,128,823] (PI: Dr Manish Pareek; 2020-21) Project website
Coggon J, Dove ES, Farrell AM, Harrington, Murphy T, Tahzib F et al. COVID-19: Explaining the Legal & Ethical Dimensions and Providing Professional & Public Guidance [separately funded by the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Queen’s University Belfast] Project website
Farrell AM, ‘A Public Health, Ethics and Law Research Network’, ESRC-IRC Research Networking Grant UK PI: Prof Anne-Maree Farrell (Edinburgh); Ireland PI: Prof Mary Donnelly (UCC), Co-Investigators: Prof Thérèse Murphy (QUB), Dr Clayton Ó Neill (QUB), Prof Deirdre Madden (UCC), Dr Mary Tumelty (UCC) (2021-22) [£15,889.00]
Farrell AM, The Technological Transformation of Sex: Improving Australia’s Response, Australian Research Council Discovery Grant [AUD$318,000; £163,000] (PI: Jennifer Power, Australian Research Centre for Sex Health and Society (ARCSHS) Co-Investigators: Prof Gary Dowsett, Prof Jayne Lucke, Dr Andrea Waling (La Trobe), Prof Anne-Maree Farrell (Edinburgh); 2019-2022). Project website / Australian Project website
Farrell AM, A Research Network in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics on the island of Ireland, Wellcome Trust Small Grant in Humanities and Social Sciences [£12,360] (PI: Prof Anne-Maree Farrell; 2019-2021). Project website
Ganguli-Mitra, A, Vulnerability and Justice in Global Health Emergency Regulation: Developing Future Ethical Models, Wellcome Trust Seed Award [£70,642.00] (PI: Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra, 2018-2020). Project website
McMillan C, ‘“Femtech” and the Process of Becoming a “Better” Woman: How Should Law and Regulation Respond to Health Technologies Targeted at Improving Women’s Health and Well-being?’, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021-2024) [£346,693] Project details
Dove ES, Mason Institute: Early Career Researcher Online Workshop: Developing a Career in Health Law and Bioethics, 19-20 April 2021 View event
Dove ES, Empirical Legal Research Network (ELRN) Annual Lecture and Training Workshop on Empirical Legal Research Methods and Methodologies, 16 October 2020 View event
Farrell AM, Public Health Ethics and Law Research Network (PHELN): COVID-19 Vaccination: Ethics in Practice Webinar + Workshop, 16 June 2021 View event
Farrell AM, Mason Institute: Current Issues in Medical Law and Ethics: Postgraduate Webinar Series, co-sponsored by the Mason Institute (Edinburgh), Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP) (Manchester) and the Centre for Health, Law and Society (CHLS) (Bristol), 2020-21 View events
Farrell AM, Academic-Stakeholder Workshop on Patient Safety and Redress: part of workshop series funded by the Wellcome Trust examining cross-border healthcare law, policy and ethics on the island of Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast, March 2020.
Ganguli-Mitra, A: Social Justice should be key to pandemic planning and response (Covid-19 Perspectives, 2 April 2020) View blog
De Togni (..) Ganguli-Mitra, et al: Imagining life with “immunity passports”: managing risk during a pandemic (Discovery Society) View blog
Ganguli-Mitra, A: The need to unpack vulnerability in pandemic (The BMJopinion, 3 July 2020) View blog
Laurie, GT: ‘COVID-19: UK Government inaction raises serious human rights concerns’ (The Motley Coat, 18 November 2020) View blog
McMillan, C and Sobolewska, V: DNACPRs and advance care planning in the COVID19 pandemic: key lessons (The Motley Coat, 16 April 2020) View blog
Commentaries and responses
Pickersgill M, Cunningham-Burley S, Engelmann L, Ganguli-Mitra A, Hewer R and Young I, Challenging Social Structure and Changing Research Cultures, The Lancet, 2019, 394: 10210, 1693-5
Ahmad, Chung, Eckenwiler, Ganguli-Mitra, Hunt, Richards, Saghai, Schwartz, Scully, Wild , ‘What Does it Mean to Be Made Vulnerable in the Era of COVID-19’, Lancet, (27.04.20),View response
Paton and Ganguli-Mitra ‘Anyone can get coronavirus-but how you fare depends a lot of who and where you are’ The Independent (08.04.2020), View media
Ganguli-Mitra, A. Interview for Practical Ethics with Katrien Devolder: Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Worse for Women, View media
Ganguli-Mitra, A: Coronavirus: UK only buying enough vaccines to protect the most vulnerable (Sky News, 28 October 2020) View media
Farrell, AM, Interview, ‘Up Close - Bad Blood’, TV documentary about UK Contaminated Blood Scandal, February 2021, View media
Postan E, Sorbie A, Ganguli-Mitra A, Chan S, Dove ES, Sethi N, McMillan C, Greenbrook J. Submission from the Mason Institute for Medicine Life Sciences and the Law, School of Law, University of Edinburgh in response to UK Parliament’s Human Rights Committee call for evidence on the human rights implications of the UK Government’s response to COVID-19.
Sorbie A, Gueddana, W, Laurie, G, and Townend, D., Does Data Ownership Hinder Biomedical Research?, Liminal Spaces Policy Brief, 2020, View brief
Liminal Spaces Project: Policy Briefs and Notes (2021) View project
Dove ES, Associate Editor, Research Ethics (academic journal published by SAGE)
Dove ES, Member, Stakeholder forum; WP4 Policy forum; WP5 Work package permanent advisory group, Towards the European Health Data Space (TEHDAS) (Coordinated by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and co-funded by the Health Programme of the EU)
Dove ES, Member, Ethics Board, Intelligent Total Body Scanner for Early Detection of Melanoma (iToBoS) project (EU Horizon 2020-funded project, Grant ID: 965221)
Dove ES, Member, Advisory Board, STAMINA project (EU Horizon 2020-funded project, Grant ID: 883441)
Dove E.S., UK National Contact, European Association of Health Law (EAHL)
Farrell AM, Expert Advisor, UK government-sponsored Infected Blood Inquiry View inquiry website
Farrell AM, Co-Convenor, Law and Health Collaborative Research Network, United States Law and Society Association
Farrell AM, Member, Editorial Board, Medical Law Review
Ganguli-Mitra, A. Invited Member, German Network of Public Health (Competence Network Public Health Covid-19): Expert Group on COVID-19 and Ethics, View website
Ganguli-Mitra, A. Advisory Board Member, Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Ganguli-Mitra, A. Chair of the Board of Directors, Shakti Women’s Aid, Edinburgh
Ganguli-Mitra A, Member, Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland
Laurie GT, Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Bioethics Review
Laurie GT, Member of International COVID-19 Data Research Alliance Ethics Advisory Council
Laurie, GT, Member of AHRC COVID-19 Expert Peer Review Group
McMillan, C., Convenor, Health and Medical Law Sub-Committee, Law Society of Scotland View website
Sorbie A, Lay Advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), June 2018 – present
Sorbie A, Member of RCSEd Patient Safety Committee, June 2018-present
Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society
The Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (CBSS) is a multidisciplinary research centre that builds on the University of Edinburgh’s unique history of leadership in social studies of science and medicine to scrutinise the complex social, cultural and technological landscape that characterises contemporary biomedicine and health care.
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Empirical Legal Research Network
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Edinburgh Law School in the news
Prof Anne-Maree Farrell: Vaccine nationalism: Why a partisan approach to Covid jabs could damage trust in them (iNews, 4 December 2020)
Dr Arpan Mehta and Ms Annie Sorbie: BAME doctors face COVID 'double hit' as pandemic drives rise in complaints (GP Online, 24 November 2020)
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra: Coronavirus: UK only buying enough vaccines to protect the most vulnerable (Sky News, 28 October 2020)
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra: COVID-19: UK only buying enough vaccines to protect the most vulnerable (Sky News YouTube channel; 28 October 2020)
Expert insights and commentaries
Prof Graeme Laurie: COVID-19: UK Government inaction raises serious human rights concerns (The Motley Coat, 18 November 2020)
Annie Sorbie: Webinar - Embedding the Professional Duty of Candour (Patient Safety Seminar Series, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 13 August 2020)
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra: The need to unpack vulnerability in a pandemic (The BMJ Opinion, 3 July 2020)
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra: Webinar - Ethical implications of antibody testing and “immunity certification" (Nuffield Council on Bioethics, 2 July 2020)
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra and Rebecca Richards, et al: Imagining Life with "Immunity Passports": Managing Risk During a Pandemic (Discover Society, 1 June 2020)
Prof Anne-Maree Farrell: Webinar - Managing the Dead and the Covid-19 Pandemic Ethics, Rights and Regulation (QUB School of Law, 6 May 2020)
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra and Ms Rebecca Richards, et al: What does it mean to be made vulnerable in the era of COVID-19? (The Lancet, 27 April 2020)
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra: Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Worse for Women? (Thinking Out Loud video series, University of Oxford, 17 April 2020)
Dr Catriona McMillan and Dr Victoria Sobolewska: DNACPRs and advance care planning in the COVID19 pandemic: key lessons (The Motley Coat, 16 April 2020)
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra and Dr Alexis Paton: Anyone can get coronavirus – but how you fare depends a lot on who and where you are (The Independent, 8 April 2020)
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra: Social justice may be our greatest antidote (University of Edinburgh, 6 April 2020)
Prof Graeme Laurie: The COVID-19 pandemic: are law and human rights also prey to the virus? (Covid-19 Perspectives, 17 March 2020)
Prof Graeme Laurie has been appointed to the Arts and Humanities Reseach Council (AHRC) Covid-19 expert peer review group.
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra has been invited to be a member of the Ethics Group of the German Pubilc Health Covid-19 Network.
A Public Health, Ethics and Law Research Network
Governmental responses to the legal, policy and ethical issues raised by the pandemic have varied within the four nations of the UK, and between the UK and Ireland. Despite COVID-19 not recognising geographical borders, longstanding North-South tensions have also contributed to different responses to managing the risks posed by the pandemic on the island of Ireland. Against this background, the COVID-19 pandemic offers a unique opportunity to re- think how we should understand the relationship between public health, ethics and law in the UK and Ireland, informed by a range of academic and public health practitioner perspectives.
Led by Prof Anne-Maree Farrell and Prof Mary Donnelly (Professor of Law at University College Cork, Ireland), this joint ESRC/IRC-funded project will bring together these differing perspectives to gain a better understanding of this relationship and establish a new public health ethics and law research network (PEHL) in the UK and Ireland.
Justice in Global Health Emergencies and Humanitarian Crises
Global Health Emergencies (GHEs) are crises that affect health, and that are, or should be, of international concern. These might include infectious outbreaks, humanitarian crises and disasters, conflicts, and forced displacements. GHEs are characterised by various forms of urgency and uncertainty, and are known to exacerbate existing inequalities, injustices and vulnerabilities in individuals and communities.
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra is the PI of a Wellcome Trust Seed Award Project entitled, ‘Vulnerability and justice in global health emergency regulation: developing future ethical models,’ which is currently working on several pieces on the subject of COVID-19.
Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Covid-19 and Providing Professional and Public Guidance
Prof Anne-Maree Farrell and Dr Edward Dove are working in collaboration with Prof John Coggon of the University of Bristol Law School, who has secured funding from the University of Bristol’s Elizabeth Blackwell Institute to track, analyse, and advise on developments in health policy and practice in light of Covid-19. The project is entitled “Covid-19: Explaining the Legal and Ethical Dimensions and Providing Professional and Public Guidance”.
Working with colleagues across the UK’s four nations, and alongside an international advisory group, the project will track and systematise the early run of legislative and policy responses to Covid-19 in health policy and practice contexts; develop explanatory materials and analysis of existing and emerging (including latent) points of law, regulation, and policy (including professional ethical guidance); critically assess the consistency of policy and practice with the UK’s ethical framework for pandemic planning; fundamentally assess the consistency of these materials with basic commitments to the rule of law and human rights; and contribute to processes of reflexive governance for and of health professionals (i.e. through advice on developing policy and practice).
UK-REACH: Understanding Covid-19 outcomes for ethnic minority healthcare workers
Jointly funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the University of Leicester-led UK-REACH study (UK Research study into Ethnicity And COVID-19 outcomes in Healthcare workers) will work with more than 30,000 clinical and non-clinical members of staff to assess their risk of COVID-19, based on the analysis of two million healthcare records.
Led by Dr Manish Pareek, Associate Clinical Professor in Infectious Diseases at the University of Leicester and Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the UK-REACH study will follow a group of healthcare workers from BAME backgrounds for a period of 12 months to see what changes occur in their physical and mental health, how they have changed their professional and social behaviours in response to COVID-19, and how risky their jobs are. The study will also include non-clinical staff integral to the day to day running of healthcare institutions, including cleaners, kitchen staff and porters.
As part of the project, Dr Edward Dove will lead the research strand seeking to understand and address legal, ethical and acceptability issues around data protection, privacy and information governance associated with the linkage of health workers’ registration data and healthcare data.
Laurie, G.T. Bidding farewell to 2020: what lessons have we learned and what can bioethics continue to teach us?. ABR 12, 375–378 (2020). View article
Mehta, A. R., Szakmany, T., & Sorbie, A. (2020). The medicolegal landscape through the lens of COVID-19: time for reform. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. View article
Frowde, R., Dove, E.S. & Laurie, G.T. Fail to Prepare and you Prepare to Fail: the Human Rights Consequences of the UK Government’s Inaction during the COVID-19 Pandemic. ABR (2020). View article
AM Farrell and P Hann, 'Mental health and capacity laws in Northern Ireland and the COVID-19 pandemic: Examining powers, procedures and protections under emergency legislation.' International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 71 (2020) 101602. View article
Ganguli-Mitra A, Young I, Engelmann L et al. Segmenting communities as public health strategy: a view from the social sciences and humanities [version 1; peer review: 1 approved]. Wellcome Open Res 2020, 5:104. View article
Reports and briefing notes
Prof Anne-Maree Farrell and Dr Edward Dove, et al: COVID-19: Explaining the Legal and Ethical Dimensions and Providing Professional & Public Guidance (Faculty of Public Health, July 2020)
Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra, et al: COVID-19 antibody testing and ‘immunity certification’ (Nuffield Council on Bioethics, 18 June 2020)
The Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law provided a response to UK Parliament’s Human Rights (Joint Committee) call for evidence on the human rights implications of the UK Government’s response to COVID-19.