Job: Associate and Assistant Professor in Biolaw at Durham

10 December 2018

Associate Professor In Biolaw

Durham University – Durham Law School

Location: Durham
Salary: £51,630 to £58,089
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 15th February 2019
Job Ref: LAW19-52

Assistant Professor In Biolaw

Durham University – Durham Law School

Location: Durham
Salary: £40,793 to £48,676
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 15th February 2019
Job Ref: LAW19-59

Durham Law School is seeking to appoint … outstanding scholar[s] to the role of Associate Professor and Assistant Professor in Biolaw with research interests in this broad field understood to also include environmental law.

The Law School is in its largest expansion of permanent, full-time appointments in our distinguished 50-year history as we build additional capacity in core areas and further develop other strengths building critical mass in the area of Biolaw. Our award winning 53 academic staff are producing ground-breaking research with significant impact and are highly active in public engagement both nationally and internationally. We are a top 50 QS World Ranked law school and our research ranked 3rd best in grade point average in the UK’s last national Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014. Durham Law School is consistently ranked among the top ten or higher UK law schools across various league tables, including 3rd in The Daily Telegraph, 8th in The Time and The Guardian. Our graduates include some of law’s leading figures, such as current members of the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Government, Members of Parliament and beyond.

The successful candidates will join our vibrant and inclusive academic community while supported by a very generous research leave scheme and individual research allowances. Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Biolaw, with the ability to contribute to our research groups like our Durham CELLS and to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.

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Radio: In the child’s best interests on BBC Radio 4

4 December 2018

BBC Radio 4, Sunday 9 December 2018, 17.00 GMT or via BBC Sounds

This programme features KCL MA Medical Ethics and Law alumnae Victoria Butler-Cole and Sarah Barclay, co-founder (with alumnus Dr Simon Meller) and Director of the Medical Mediation Foundation.

How and when should the decision be made to end the life of a critically ill child?

The BBC’s Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh reflects on the legal and ethical challenges raised by controversial and emotionally charged cases, like those of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans.

Their impact reverberated around the world, prompting protests on the streets, an outpouring of emotion on social media and the vilification of hospital staff. Even the US President and the Vatican got involved. Though these cases were very different, in each the parents were locked in a bruising battle with the hospital for the right to make decisions about how and where to treat their children.

The current legal test focuses on what is in the child’s best interests and, in court, the hospital, the parents and the child all have separate legal representation.

But the potentially adversarial nature of the court system and the presence of ferocious debate on social media means these intensely difficult decisions can became even more emotionally charged.

The programme examines whether it’s possible to improve the current system, to prevent more cases reaching court and whether the legal process itself could be improved.


Job: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law at Birkbeck

3 December 2018

Location: London
Salary: £37,912 to £43,333
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th November 2018
Closes: 1st January 2019
Job Ref: 372209

The post is for a fixed-term Postdoctoral Researcher for 2.8 years who specialises in socio-legal studies and mental capacity law, to join the AHRC-funded project, Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law, located at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London. This exciting project is undertaking a socio-legal, philosophical, and policy examination of current judicial deliberation in mental capacity decisions, and is led by Dr. Camillia Kong (ICPR), with co-Investigators Professor John Coggon (Bristol), Professor Penny Cooper (ICPR), and Dr. Michael Dunn (Oxford).

You will:

  • Ideally be able to demonstrate specialist expertise and academic training in mental capacity law, judicial deliberation, and/or or socio-legal approaches that will support a philosophical and policy-oriented programme of work
  • Possess expertise in, or experience with, empirical studies, with a focus on the application of qualitative methodologies in legal research in particular
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Have the ability to work independently to manage academic research and associated activities, including the ability to work towards deadlines
  • Possess a growing international research profile, demonstrated by academic publications in leading national and international journals, or be able to show clear potential to be able to produce such publications

You will be responsible for:

  • Conducting and assisting in interviews with judges and legal advocates, as well as undertaking qualitative data analysis for the project
  • Contributing to legal and philosophical analysis to be conducted within the project, depending on your specific skills and disciplinary background
  • Collaborating closely with project investigators in contributing to the ambitious programme of mental capacity law research around central project themes which span from legal jurisprudence, judicial deliberation, value theory, and legal policy
  • Advancing this programme of work by initiating and developing independent research papers for journal publication around central project themes
  • Contributing to project network activities, including symposiums with advisory group members, strategic meetings with international collaborative partners / centres, and the project conference
  • Representing the Judging Values project at external conferences, meetings, and seminars
  • Contribute to the intellectual life at the ICPR by attending relevant meetings and seminars
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or training

Grade 7 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is £37,912 rising to £43,333 per annum


Job: Singer Fellowship in Medical Law & Ethics at Exeter College, University of Oxford

26 November 2018

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (inclusive of College Housing Allowance of £8,897 per annum)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th November 2018
Closes: 2nd January 2019

Fixed-Term Contract

Salary: £32,236 – £39,609 per annum (inclusive of College Housing Allowance of £8,897 per annum)

(plus other benefits)

Exeter College (part of the University of Oxford) invites applications for the Singer Fellowship in Medical Law & Ethics. The Fellowship, which is strictly temporary, will be tenable for a period of up to 36 months (with effect from 1 September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter (by negotiation)).

The main duties of the post are to:

  • – engage in advanced study and research;
  • – undertake tutorial or class teaching of undergraduates of Exeter College and the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford, up to a maximum of six (‘weighted’) hours per week averaged over the three eight-week Terms of the academic year;
  • – set and mark College examinations;
  • – submit termly reports on students taught;
  • – provide pastoral care for students;
  • – assess and interview in the undergraduate admissions process, and to participate in outreach and access initiatives as appropriate;
  • – undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required to support the teaching of Law at the College; and
  • – participate in the governance of the College as a member of the Governing Body (and therefore a Trustee).

The successful candidate will have:

  • (a) A research record of international standing, appropriate to the stage of the candidate’s career, with evidence of, or evidence of potential for producing, research of international standing in Law;
  • (b) The proven ability, or the potential, to provide excellent tutorial and small group teaching in a range of undergraduate topics;
  • (c) The ability to undertake College administration and duties; and
  • (d) Hold, or be close to holding, a PhD/ DPhil in Law. (Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate as a result of a viva voce examination (or equivalent doctoral defense) held between 1 September 2015 and 31 May 2019 (inclusive).

The Lecturer will be appointed on Grade 7 of the University’s salary scale for academic staff, currently £32,236 – £39,609 per annum (inclusive of the College Housing Allowance (£8,897 per annum)), at a point dependent on experience. In addition to salary, a range of other generous benefits are available, as set out in the Further Particulars.

Further Particulars may be obtained from the Exeter College website at:

https://www.exeter.ox.ac.uk/vacancies/singer-fellowship-in-medical-law-ethics-fixed-term/ 

How to Apply

Candidates are encouraged to submit all application materials by email, to the HR Officer at vacancies@exeter.ox.ac.uk. If possible, applications should be submitted as a single PDF file.

Candidates should ask their referees to write directly to the HR Officer, vacancies@exeter.ox.ac.uk, and should supply each referee with a copy of the Further Particulars.

The closing date for applications, and the last date for receipt of references direct from referees, is 12pm noon (GMT) on Wednesday 2 January 2019. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that their application and references arrive before the deadline.


Consultation: GMC Consent guidance

26 November 2018

We’re consulting on our revised Consent guidance which outlines what doctors should consider when discussing treatment and care with patients. 

The updated guidance focuses on the importance of communication, personalised conversations, and doctors and patients making decisions about treatment and care together.

We’ve restructured it and made it clearer, so it’s easier for doctors to apply in practice. And we’ve provided more advice, including steps to follow when making decisions in different circumstances.

The guidance reflects the law, policy and healthcare settings in all four countries of the UK.

Tell us what matters to you

The consultation is open until Wednesday 23 January 2019 and there are several ways you can take part.

Accessing the consultation in other languages and formats

We can provide paper copies and other formats (such as large print) on request. The consultation documents are also available in Welsh.

Please email marketingcommunications@gmc-uk.org for further details.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the review or consultation please contact our Consent review team on gmcconsent@gmc-uk.org or 020 7189 5404.

If you’d like to submit a consultation response in hardcopy please send it to: Consent Review Team, General Medical Council, 350 Euston Road, London NW1 3JN.

What have we done so far?

We’ve gathered evidence through our own and commissioned research as well as engagement, to understand what issues to address.

We’ve worked with our Task and Finish group who provided expert input from a legal, medical, health, social care and patient perspective to review the evidence.

We’ve now redrafted our guidance to:

  • focus on how doctors can support patient decision making and involve patients in decisions about their care as far as possible
  • focus on the importance of doctors finding out what is meaningful for their patients and helping them explore the different options
  • include practical suggestions and examples to explain how the principles apply
  • make it more accessible by referring less to the law and more to the principles on which the law is based.

Why are we updating the guidance?

Good consent practice is at the heart of the doctor-patient relationship, but we know it’s sometimes challenging to get this right. Our guidance sets out good practice principles for making decisions about care, from the treatment of minor conditions to major interventions with significant risks or side effects.

Since it was last published in 2008, there have been shifts in the legal, policy and workplace environments. Doctors are telling us that increasing pressures and demands on their practice can make it difficult to seek and record a patient’s consent in line with our guidance and the law.

We want to support doctors and patients to have meaningful conversations and to make shared decisions. Therefore we have updated the guidance to ensure that it is still clear and helpful, relevant to doctors’ needs, and consistent with the law.

We want the final guidance to be shaped by doctors on the medical front line, patients, and healthcare organisations. It’s therefore vital that we hear as many views as possible.


Event: 40 YEARS OF IVF – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

13 November 2018

Thursday 24 January 2019, Edinburgh.

With speakers ALASTAIR MacDONALD (the second person, and first male, ever to be born who was conceived via IVF) and his mother GRACE MacDONALD (one of the original fertility patients treated by the pioneers of IVF)

Alongside other speakers including:

  • SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)
  • PROFESSOR COLIN DUNCAN (Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Science at the University of Edinburgh)
  • DR KAY ELDER (Senior Research Scientist at Bourn Hall Clinic, previously worked with the pioneers of IVF)
  • DR ABHA MAHESHWARI (Clinical Lead in Reproductive Medicine at the Aberdeen Fertility Centre)

Chaired by PROFESSOR ALLAN PACEY (Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust and Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield),

See https://www.progress.org.uk/40yearsofivf for details.

 


Conference: MAKE DO OR AMEND: SHOULD WE UPDATE UK FERTILITY AND EMBRYO LAW?

13 November 2018

Wednesday 5 December 2018, London.

With Keynote Addresses by SIR JAMES MUNBY (former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales) and SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

See https://www.progress.org.uk/conference2018 for details including attendance fees and how to book your place.

  • SOCIETY MARCHES ON: KEY SOCIAL CHANGES
  • SCIENCE MARCHES ON: KEY SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS
  • A PATCHWORK OF POLICIES: ASSISTED CONCEPTION AND EMBRYO RESEARCH IN EUROPE
  • THE FUTURE OF FERTILITY LAW: WHAT MUST CHANGE AND WHEN?

Confirmed speakers and chairs include:

  • DR KATHY NIAKAN (Group Leader of the Francis Crick Institute‘s Human Embryo and Stem Cell Laboratory, and the first researcher licensed by the UK regulator to edit the genomes of human embryos)
  • BARONESS RUTH DEECH (Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords)
  • PROFESSOR JOHN HARRIS (Emeritus Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester, and author of books including Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People and How to Be Good: The Possibility of Moral Enhancement)
  • PROFESSOR EMILY JACKSON (Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • DR ANDY GREENFIELD (Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at MRC Harwell)
  • BARBARA CONNOLLY QC (Barrister at 7 Bedford Row)
  • PROFESSOR CHRISTIAN DE GEYTER (Chair of ESHRE‘s European IVF Monitoring Steering Committee)
  • PROFESSOR ELLIE LEE (Director of the University of Kent‘s Centre for Parenting Culture Studies)
  • JAMES LAWFORD DAVIES (Partner at Hempsons)
  • NATALIE GAMBLE (Founder of Natalie Gamble Associates and of Brilliant Beginnings)
  • TIM CHILD (Medical Director of Oxford Fertility)
  • SATU RAUTAKALLIO-HOKKANEN (Chair of Fertility Europe)
  • DR EVAN HARRIS (former MP who scrutinised the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008)
  • ERIKA TRANFIELD (Director of Pride Angel)
  • NATALIE SMITH (Chair of Surrogacy UK‘s Working Group on Surrogacy Law Reform)
  • PROFESSOR ROBERT SPACZYNSKI (Vice President of the Polish Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians)
  • DR KYLIE BALDWIN (Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Health at De Montfort University)
  • DR ROGER HIGHFIELD (Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group)
  • FIONA FOX (Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre)
  • SARAH NORCROSS (Director of the Progress Educational Trust)

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund, the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (silver sponsors), and by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the European Sperm Bank, JMW Solicitors, the London Women’s Clinic and Vitrolife (bronze sponsors).