Professor Suzanne OstProfessor
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 the impact of criminal law on bioethics and health care practice) and law and literature. I am currently exploring the concept of exploitation philosophically, ethically and legally, for a co-authored book on exploitation in the doctor-patient relationship.
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).
Director of Research Enhancement for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Member of the Law sub-panel under Panel C, REF2021.
Output assessor for the Law sub-panel under Panel C, REF14.
I have been a Peer Review Assessor for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the NHS Research for Patient Benefit Programme and the Wellcome Trust.
Reviewer for numerous law journals and bioethics journals, including the Oxford Journal of Law Studies, Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, Medical Law International, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Reviewer of books and book proposals for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Person-Longman, Routledge-Cavendish and Sweet and Maxwell.
I have been an External Examiner at numerous universities, including the Universities of Essex and Manchester.
I have been awarded research funding from the AHRC, the British Academy and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.
Law300 Health Care Law and Ethics, Law
Crim314 Sexual Offences and Sexual Offending
PhD Supervisions Completed
Dr Ernest Owusu-Dapaa, ‘Towards Empowerment of Patients in Ghana: is there a Need for a Distinct Body of Health Care Law?’ (degree awarded 2016, Lancaster University).
Dr Jamie-lee Mooney, 'The Challenges of Child Sexual Grooming: a Critical Appraisal of Responses in Law and Society' (degree awarded 2015, Lancaster University).
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).Dr Judith Robertson, An Exploration of the Effects of Litigation on the Midwife and Her Practice (degree awarded 2010, University of Manchester).
PhD Supervision Interests
Professor Ost is happy to supervise research degrees on medical law and bioethics, legal and social issues surrounding child pornography/sexual grooming and child sexual exploitation and other areas related to her research interests.
To know or not to know: should crimes regarding photographs of their child sexual abuse be disclosed to now-adult, unknowing victims?
Ost, S., Gillespie, A.A. 17/12/2018 In: International Review of Victimology. 25, 2, p. 223-247. 25 p.
Breaching the sexual boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship: should English law recognise fiduciary duties?
Ost, S. 4/02/2016 In: Medical Law Review. 24, 2, p. 206-233. 27 p.
A new paradigm of reparation for victims of child pornography
Ost, S. 1/12/2016 In: Legal Studies. 36, 4, p. 613-638. 25 p.
Medicine and Bioethics in the Theatre of the Criminal Process
Brazier, M., Ost, S. 05/2013 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 310 p. ISBN: 9781107018259.
Designing a Model of Restorative Justice for Victims of Online Child Abusive Images
01/03/2020 → 01/03/2023
Tackling child sexual exploitation: Offences and victims
01/02/2013 → 31/12/2013
Exploitation in the doctor-patient relationship
01/11/2011 → 31/07/2020
The Impact of the Criminal Process on Health Care Ethics and Practice
01/01/2008 → 31/07/2011
Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming: Legal and Societal Responses
01/05/2006 → …
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