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Centre for Law and Society, Law School, Bowland North, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YN, UK
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My main research interests are the legal and societal responses to child pornography, the sexual grooming of children and child sexual exploitation more broadly, health care/medical law and bioethics (particularly breaches of the sexual boundaries between doctors and patients and assisted dying), the impact of criminal law on bioethics and health care practice and law and literature. 

PhD Supervision Interests

I am happy to supervise research degrees on the subjects of assisted dying, end of life and other aspects of medical law and bioethics, legal and social issues surrounding child pornography/sexual grooming and child sexual exploitation and other areas related to my research interests.

Research Grants

I have been awarded research funding from the AHRC and the British Academy.

I was co-investigator on The Impact of the Criminal Process on Health Care Ethics and Practice, an AHRC funded research project (2008-2011) which provided a comprehensive analysis of the role of the criminal justice system in regulating health care practice and ethics in the UK.

I received funding from the Modern Law Review for the Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Offences, Offenders and Victims seminar, held in Dec 2013.

I was involved in the ESRC funded Isis project (Lancaster University, Middlesex University and Swansea University), which developed an ethics-centred monitoring framework and tools for supporting law enforcement agencies in policing online social networks for the purpose of protecting children. For more information, see http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/isis/

External Roles

Output assessor for the Law sub-panel under Panel C, REF14.

Co-adjunct Professor, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Editor in Chief for the Medical Law Review journal. Visit the journal's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MedicalLawReview to find out more.

Peer Review Assessor for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the NHS Research for Patient Benefit Programme and the Wellcome Trust.

Refereed a number of pieces for the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Medical Law Review, the Modern Law ReviewScript-EdClinical Ethics, Medical Law International,Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice and the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture.

Reviewer of books and book proposals for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Person-Longman, Routledge-Cavendish and Sweet and Maxwell.

External Examiner at the Universities of Essex and Manchester.

Current Teaching

2014-15:

I will be on maternity leave and research leave during 2014-15 and so will not be involved in teaching during this academic year. 

PhD Supervisions Completed

Dr Alexandra Mullock, End-Of-Life Law and Assisted Dying in the 21st Century: Time for Cautious Revolution? (degree awarded 2012, University of Manchester).

Dr Noraiza Abdul Rahman, Facing Up to In Vitro Fertilisation Treatment in Malaysia: Questions of Why and How Treatment Should be Regulated within the Framework of Malaysian Cultural and Religious Values (degree awarded 2012, Lancaster University, School of Law).

Dr Judith Robertson, An Exploration of the Effects of Litigation on the Midwife and Her Practice (degree awarded 2010, University of Manchester).

Career Details

Professor of Law since April 2012. Senior Lecturer in Law between September 2007-March 2012. Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester (2004-2007), and Lecturer in Law at the University of Central Lancashire (2000-2003).

Additional Information

Internal Responsibilities

REF Director for the Law School.

Recent Conference/Seminar Presentations

Sexual Boundaries Breaches: Should English Law Recognise Fiduciary Duties in the Doctor-Patient Relationship? as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy seminar series at the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University on 30th January 2014.

Obligations to Protect and Assist Victims: a Critical Appraisal of European Instruments on Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, plenary speaker at the La Protección Jurídico-penal de La Libertano e Indemnidad Sexual de Los Menores conference, Universitat de Lleida, Catalonia, 13th December 2013.

Reparation for Child Pornography Victims: How Should They be Compensated? at the Current Issues in Child Sexual Exploitation and the Law Pathways to Impact seminar, Lancaster University, 16th April 2013.

Voices Carry? The Voice of Bioethics in the Courtroom and Voice of Law in Bioethics at the European Association of Centres for Medical Ethics annual conference, University of Bristol, 21st September 2012. Plenary speaker.

End of Life Care: Withdrawal of Treatment and Assisted Dying - the Legal Position at the Lancaster University and Hospital ?End of Life' Seminar, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, 18th June 2012. 

The Harms of Child Pornography: the Legal Approach in England and Wales at the 14th International WSV Symposium on Victimology, The Hague, The Netherlands, 23rd May 2012.

Media Availability

Available in principle in matters relating to my expertise.

Selected Publications

Medicine and Bioethics in the Theatre of the Criminal Process

Brazier, M. & Ost, S. 05/2013 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 310 p. (Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law; vol. 3)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The criminal law and bioethical conflict: walking the tightrope

Alghrani, A. (ed.), Bennett, R. (ed.) & Ost, S. (ed.) 1/11/2012 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 305 p. (Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law; vol. 1)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

In Press

Voices carry?: the voice of bioethics in the courtroom and voice of law in bioethics

Ost, S. & Huxtable, R. expected on 10/04/2015 The voices and rooms of European bioethics. Huxtable, R. & Meulen, R. T. (eds.). Routledge, (Biomedical Law and Ethics Library)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2014

2013

Group localised grooming: what is it and what challenges does it pose for society and law?

Ost, S. & Mooney, J-L. 12/2013 In: Child and Family Law Quarterly. 25, 4, p. 425 450 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Does the theoretical framework change the legal end result for mature minors refusing medical treatment or creating self-generated pornography?

Fovargue, S. & Ost, S. 03/2013 In: Medical Law International. 13, 1, p. 6-31 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Medicine and Bioethics in the Theatre of the Criminal Process

Brazier, M. & Ost, S. 05/2013 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 310 p. (Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law; vol. 3)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Balancing Autonomy Rights and Protection: Children’s Involvement in a Child Safety Online Project

Ost, S. 05/2013 In: Children and Society. 27, 3, p. 208-219 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Editorial for Across the Spectrum of Medical Law: A Special Issue in Honour of Margaret Brazier

Biggs, H., Ost, S., Fovargue, S. & Miola, J. 01/2012 In: Medical Law Review. 20, 1, p. 6-7 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

When Criminal Law Encounters Bioethics: a case of tensions and incompatibilities or an apt forum for resolving ethical conflict?

Ost, S., Alghrani, A. & Bennett, R. 2012 Bioethics, medicine, and the criminal law:: the criminal law and bioethical conflict: walking the tightrope. Alghrani, A., Bennett, R. & Ost, S. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

“Consensual” sexual activity between doctors and patients: a matter for the Criminal Law?

Ost, S. & Biggs, H. 2012 Bioethics, medicine, and the criminal law: the criminal law and bioethical conflict: walking the tightrope. Alghrani, A., Bennett, R. & Ost, S. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 102-117 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The criminal law and bioethical conflict: walking the tightrope

Alghrani, A. (ed.), Bennett, R. (ed.) & Ost, S. (ed.) 1/11/2012 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 305 p. (Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law; vol. 1)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2011

Pushing the boundaries of lawful assisted dying in the Netherlands? Existential suffering and lay assistance.

Ost, S. & Mullock, A. 2011 In: European Journal of Health Law. 18, 2, p. 163-189 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Physician assisted dying outlaws: self-appointed death in the Netherlands.

Ost, S. 2011 In: Clinical Ethics. 6, 1, p. 20-26 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

As it is at the end so it is at the beginning: legal challenges and new horizons for medicalised death and dying.

Biggs, H. & Ost, S. 2010 In: Medical Law Review. 18, 4, p. 437-441 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The De-medicalisation of assisted dying: is a less medicalised model the way forward?

Ost, S. 2010 In: Medical Law Review. 18, 4, p. 497-540 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

When should precaution prevail?: interests in (public) health, the risk of harm and xenotransplantation.

Fovargue, S. & Ost, S. 2010 In: Medical Law Review. 18, 3, p. 302-329 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Criminalising fabricated images of child pornography: a matter of harm or morality?

Ost, S. 06/2010 In: Legal Studies. 30, 2, p. 230-256 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

A plea for precaution with public health: the xenotransplantation example.

Fovargue, S. & Ost, S. 09/2009 In: Clinical Ethics. 4, 3, p. 119-124 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Child pornography and sexual grooming: legal and societal responses.

Ost, S. 06/2009 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 320 p. (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2007

The criminal justice system and health care.

Erin, C. A., Ost, S., Erin, C. A. (ed.) & Ost, S. (ed.) 12/2007 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 286 p. (Oxford monographs on criminal law and justice)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Euthanasia and the Defence of Necessity: Advocating a More Appropriate Legal Response.

Ost, S. 2007 The Criminal Justice System and Health Care. Oxford University Press, 99 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

An Ill-Suited and Inappropriate Union? Exploring the Relationship Between the Criminal Justice System and Health Care.

Ost, S. & Erin, C. A. 11/2007 The Criminal Justice System and Health Care. Erin, C. A. & Ost, S. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 1-14 14 p. (Oxford monographs on criminal law and justice)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

"But is this law?" The nature of law, sovereign power and justice in Hamlet.

Ost, S. 2007 In: Law and Humanities Journal. 2, p. 31-56 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Doctors and Nurses of Death: A Case Study of Eugenically Motivated Killing under the Nazi ‘Euthanasia’ Programme.

Ost, S. 04/2006 In: Liverpool Law Review. 27, 1, p. 5-30 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Euthanasia and the Defence of Necessity: advocating a more appropriate legal response.

Ost, S. 2005 In: Criminal Law Review. p. 355-370 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Getting to Grips with Sexual Grooming? The new offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Ost, S. 07/2004 In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 26, 2, p. 147-159 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

War Crimes and Legal Immunities: The Complicities of Waffen-SS General Karl Wolff in Nazi Medical Experiments.

Salter, M. & Ost, S. 2004 In: Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion. 4, 1, p. 1-69 69 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

An Analytical Study of the Legal, Ethical and Moral Aspects of the Living Phenomenon of Euthanasia.

Ost, S. 12/2003 New York: Edwin Mellen Press. 352 p. (Symposium Series)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2002

Children at Risk: Legal and Societal Perceptions of the Potential Threat that the Possession of Child Pornography Poses to Society.

Ost, S. 09/2002 In: Journal of Law and Society. 29, 3, p. 436-460 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Blinking Subjects; Blinking Justice? – Law, Medicine and the PVS Patient.

Ost, S. 01/2001 In: Liverpool Law Review. 23, 1, p. 1-32 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Conceptions of the Euthanasia Phenomenon: a Comparative Discussion of the Merger of Law, Ethics and Morality Within Three Jurisdictions

Ost, S. 2000 In: Journal of Civil Liberties. 5, p. 155-192 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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