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Dr Sara Fovargue

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Location: C98
Office hours: I have no set office hours in the Lent Term so please email me and we can arrange a time to meet.    

Affiliations

Centre for Law and Society
Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law

My research largely centres around two areas, biotechnology and reproduction, and I am particularly interested in xenotransplantation. Themes within my work include autonomy, risk, regulation, and the relationship between law and ethics. My research explores legal and ethical aspects of clinical research, regulation and risk, and I have published on the legal regulation of xenotransplantation, and issues surrounding consenting to risk. I am also interested in decision making processes and practices with regard to the 'vulnerable'.

 

PhD Supervision Interests

Health care law and ethics generally. I am particularly interested in clinical research involving human and non-human animals, developing biotechnologies such as xenotransplantation (especially issues of risk and regulation), reproductive technologies, organ donation and transplantation, consent and capacity, and decision making for the 'vulnerable'

Family law - especially issues around parents, parenthood and reproductive technologies, children and childhood - particularly children and health.

Current Teaching

Lent Term

UG - Law 350 - Gender and the Law - lecturer and seminar leader.

External Roles

Associate Editor (Public Policy and Law) of Clinical Ethics (published by the Royal Society of Medicine).

Associate Editor (Book Reviews) of the Medical Law Review, pubished by Oxford University Press.

 

2013 Peer reviewer for the Leverhulme Trust 

2012 - External Examiner, University of Dundee, LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics.

2012 - External Examiner, University of Manchester, LLM Health Care Ethics and Law.

2012 Wellcome Trust peer reviewer.

2010- External Examiner, LLB (Hons) Glasgow University.

2010 ESRC peer reviewer.

2009 PhD External Examiner, Law School University of Newcastle upon Tyne: 'Women's Empowerment versus the Sanctity of Life: The Law and the Politics of Family Planning in Nigeria and the United Kingdom - A Comparative Analysis'.

2005-9 External Examiner, LLM Health Care Ethics and Law, Law School, University of Huddersfield.

2004-8 External Examiner, MSc Health Care Ethics, Department of Primary Care, Liverpool University.

 

Peer reviewer for a variety of journals including the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics; Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law; Child and Family Law Quarterly; Medical Law International; Bioethics; Genomics, Society and Policy, Medical Law Review; and the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Professional Role

Co-Director, Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law.

Equality, Diversity and Disabilities Officer.

 

Additional Information

Office Hours

I have no set office hours in the Lent Term so please email me and we can arrange a time to meet.

 

 

Current Research

I am currently working on a number projects:

(i) the role of the public in determining the legal response to reproductive biotechnologies such as sex selection for non-medical reasons (with Rebecca Bennett, University of Manchester).

(ii) research regulation and 'vulnerability'

(iii) xenotransplantation in Europe

(iv) the power of 'proper medical treatment'

(v) who consents when the patient and their parents are under 18.

2014

Exposing the limits of the law?: biotechnological challenges to global health

Fovargue, S. 2014 Law and global health. Freeman, M., Hawkes, S. & Bennett, B. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, (Current Legal Issues; vol. 16)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2013

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

Doctrinal Incoherence or Practical Problem? Minor Parents Consenting to their Offspring’s Medical Treatment and Involvement in Research in England and Wales

Fovargue, S. 2013 In: Child and Family Law Quarterly. 25, 1, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The (ab)use of those with no other hope?: ethical and legal safeguards for recipients of experimental procedures

Fovargue, S. 04/2013 In: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 22, 2, p. 181-191 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

La investigación embrionaria humana en Reino Unido: ¿una isla en Europa? [Embryo Research in the UK: An Island in Europe?]

Fovargue, S. 2012 Marco Jurídico Eurpeo Relativo a la Investigación Biomédica en Transferencia Nuclear y Reprogramación Celular. Garcia San Jose, D. (ed.). Thomson Reuters, p. 157-176 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

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

2011

Xenotransplantation and risk: regulating a developing biotechnology

Fovargue, S. 17/11/2011 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 306 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Key Changes in the Regulation of Assisted Reproduction Introduced by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

Fovargue, S. & Miola, J. 12/2011 In: Clinical Ethics. 6, 4, p. 162-166 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The European Union Directive on Organ Donation and Transplantation

Fovargue, S. & Miola, J. 09/2011 In: Clinical Ethics. 6, 3, p. 117-121 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Treating Those Who Are Mentally Disordered Under the Mental Health Act 1983: Part 2

Fovargue, S. & Miola, J. 06/2011 In: Clinical Ethics. 6, 2, p. 64-67 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Assessing and Detaining Those Who Are Mentally Disordered under the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005: Part 1.

Fovargue, S. & Miola, J. 03/2011 In: Clinical Ethics. 6, 1, p. 11-14 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

The best interests principle and providing treatment for adults without capacity in England and Wales.

Fovargue, S. & Miola, J. 12/2010 In: Clinical Ethics. 5, 4, p. 180-183 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The legal status of the fetus.

Fovargue, S. & Miola, J. 09/2010 In: Clinical Ethics. 5, 3, p. 122-124 3 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

One step forward, two steps back? The GMC, the common law and 'informed' consent.

Fovargue, S. & Miola, J. 08/2010 In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 36, 8, p. 494-497 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Research and Adults without Capacity.

Fovargue, S. J. & Miola, J. 2010 In: Clinical Ethics. 5, 2, p. 63-66 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

How much information is 'enough'?

Fovargue, S. & Miola, J. 03/2010 In: Clinical Ethics. 5, 1, p. 13-15 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Deprivation of liberty under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Fovargue, S. 03/2009 In: Clinical Ethics. 4, 1, p. 10-11 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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

2008

Why donor insemination requires developments in family law: the need for new definitions of parenthood.

Fovargue, S. 2008 In: Medical Law Review. 16, 3, p. 458-464 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Organ donation and transplantation.

Fovargue, S. 09/2008 The New Oxford Companion to Law. Cane, P. & Conaghan, J. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 853-854 2 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2007

'Oh pick me, pick me': selecting participants for xenotransplant clinical trials.

Fovargue, S. 2007 In: Medical Law Review. 15, 2, p. 176-219 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Autonomy, decision-making, and role of the law in protecting the 'vulnerable'.

Fovargue, S. 06/2007 In: Clinical Ethics. 2, 2, p. 55-55 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Re R (A Child Appearing by her Guardian ad litem): assisting conception for the single infertile.

Fovargue, S. 2006 In: Child and Family Law Quarterly. 18, 3, p. 423-444 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A Brief Guide to the Human Tissue Act 2004.

Brazier, M. & Fovargue, S. J. 03/2006 In: Clinical Ethics. 1, 1, p. 26-32 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Consenting to bio-risk: xenotransplantation and the law.

Fovargue, S. 09/2005 In: Legal Studies. 25, 3, p. 404-429 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Book review of R. Scott, 'Rights, duties and the body: law and ethics of the maternal-foetal conflict'.

Fovargue, S. 2005 In: Medical Law Review. 13, 1, p. 131-135 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A Leap of Faith? Sanctioning Xenotransplant Clinical Trials.

Fovargue, S. J. 01/2005 In: Liverpool Law Review. 26, 2, p. 125-147 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

Warning: Health 'choices' can kill.

Flynn, M., Keywood, K. & Fovargue, S. J. 02/2003 In: The Journal of Adult Protection. 5, 1, p. 30-34 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

The law's response to pregnancy and childbirth: consistency, conflict or compromise?

Fovargue, S. 03/2002 In: Modern Law Review. 65, 2, p. 290-303 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Mapping stories, mapping bodies.

Fovargue, S. 05/2001 In: Res Publica. 7, 2, p. 183-186 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Making decisions for adults with learning disabilities: who decides?

Fovargue, S. & Keywood, K. 2000 In: Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care. 10, p. 341-344 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Participation in health care decision-making by adults with learning diasbilities.

Fovargue, S. J., Keywood, K. & Flynn, M. 06/2000 In: Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care. 3, 10, p. 341-344 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Best Practice? Health Care Decision-Making By, With and For Adults with Learning Disabilities.

Keywood, K., Fovargue, S. J. & Flynn, M. 1999 Manchester, UK: National Development Team, 68 p.

Research output: Working paper

1998

Re MB [1997] 8 Med LR 217.

Fovargue, S. 10/1998 In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 20, 4, p. 427-437 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Policing Pregnancy: Implications of the Attorney-General's Reference (No 3 of 1994).

Fovargue, S. J. & Miola, J. 1998 In: Medical Law Review. 6, 3, p. 265-296 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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