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Lancaster Centre for Bioethics & Medical Law Lancaster University is home to one of the UK's foremost research centres in Bioethics and Medical Law. The Centre brings together the work of internationally leading researchers from Law and Philosophy. It also provides a home for the LLM/MA in Bioethics and Medical Law and a focal point for doctoral students in medical ethics and law. In recent years, Centre members have:

  • attracted major research grants from the AHRC, the European Union, the Leverhulme Trust and the Wellcome Trust;
  • published in leading ethics and law journals including Bioethics, the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Child and Family Law Quarterly, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, the European Journal of Health Law, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, the Journal of Medical Ethics, Legal Studies and the Medical Law Review;
  • written and edited books for some of the world's best academic publishers including Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.

Medical Law Review Two members of the editorial team for the UK's leading medical law journal, the Medical Law Review, work within the Centre: Professor Suzanne Ost (Editor in Chief) and Dr Sara Fovargue (Associate Editor, Book Reviews).

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Particular research strengths within the Centre include ethical and legal issues relating to–

  • Children
  • Consent
  • ‘End of life’ including assisted dying
  • Genetics and Reproductive Technologies
  • Organ Transplantation


Blog Posts

Dr Sara Fovargue, 'What is "proper medical treatment?"', LancsLaw Blog

Professor Suzanne Ost, 'A right to die or a step too far? Assisted dying and being "tired of life"' LancsLaw Blog

'Empirical findings should inform policy – but cannot dictate it' - 'Point of View' for the I.Family project website, February 2014

'Regulating food companies: restricting or empowering?' -  'Point of View' for the I.Family project website, December 2012

Dr Sara Fovargue, 'Forced caesarean and forced adoption: Facts and fictions - Re AA [2012] EWHC 4378 (COP) unreported; Re P (A Child) [2013] EW Misc 20 (CC) - Part II', LancsLaw Blog

Dr Sara Forvargue, 'Forced caesarean and forced adoption: Facts and fictions - Re AA [2012] EWHC 4378 (COP); Re P (A Child) [2013] EW Misc 20 (CC) - Part I',
csLaw Blog

Dr Sara Fovargue, 'The welfare principle in action: Best interests and the MMR vaccination - F v F [2013] EWHC 2683 (Fam)', LancsLaw Blog


Selected Publication


M. Brazier and S Ost (eds), Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law: Medicine and Bioethics in the Theatre of the Criminal Process (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

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