Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law

The Centre facilitates and encourages academics within the University with an interest in medical law and bioethics to connect and engage in high quality interdisciplinary research. The unifying focus in our research is the legal and ethical dimensions of (bio)medicine.

The Centre brings together existing expertise in law, ethics, and philosophy with the aim of fostering collaborative research projects and of informing public debate, regulation and policy aspects of bioethics and medical law.

Academics affiliated to the Centre are currently engaged, solely or in collaboration, on projects exploring

  • End-of-life issues
  • Children, family and medicine
  • Law and global health

More broadly, the following themes are present within our work:

  • Beginning of life issues including reproductive (bio)technologies and genetic screening
  • End-of-life issues
  • Informed consent, confidentiality and truth-telling
  • Children, family and medicine
  • The regulation of biotechnologies such as xenotransplantation.
  • Genetics, crime and responsibility
  • The (criminal) laws regulation of bioethical controversies