Professor Suzanne Ost


Research Overview

My main research interests are unknowing victims of crime (BJC2023, IJPSM2023), the legal and societal responses to child abusive images (IRV2018), the sexual grooming of children and child sexual exploitation, health care/medical law and bioethics (particularly exploitation in health care, 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 have recently completed a book analysing exploitation (conceptually, ethically and legally) in the doctor-patient relationship. I have recently completed a project on unknowing victims of child abusive images, funded by the British Academy.

Selected Publications

Recognizing the Paradigm of the Unknowing Victim and the Implications of Liminality
Ost, S., Gillespie, A. 16/12/2023 In: British Journal of Criminology. 17 p.
Journal article

Exploitation, Ethics and Law: Violating the Ethos of the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Ost, S., Biggs, H. 26/08/2021 Routledge. 208 p.

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. 1/05/2019 In: International Review of Victimology. 25, 2, p. 223-247. 25 p.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

  • Centre for Law and Society
  • Security Lancaster (Policy, Law and Ethics)