Conference: Medical Law and Ethics in the Media Spotlight

Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th November, 2010

The British Academy, London

This event, organised by the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, University of Manchester, draws together top academics, influential practitioners, and key public figures.  It is a participatory conference that will explore the complex nature of public debates in and around medical law and ethics.  The conference will provide the opportunities to examine how controversial medico-legal and ethical questions are presented in the media, to compare the presentation of such debates with their presentation in academia, to study the impact of public debates on law and policy, and to consider whether the media bears on the academic agenda in medical law and ethics.

2010 Isaiah Berlin Lecture:

Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, “Working with the Media: A View from the Frontline”

Other Speakers:

Baroness Greenfield
Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC
Dr Elizabeth Pisani
Dr Richard Horton
Prof Julie Stone
Prof Tom Gibbons
Baroness Deech
Dr Ed Sykes
Prof Margaret Brazier
Baroness Warnock
Dr Jackie Scully
Dr Evan Harris
Dr Peter Saunders
Dr Iain Brassington

The conference runs from 1.00pm on Monday 8th to 4.30pm on Tuesday 9th November.  Registration is essential as places are limited (note registration does not cover accommodation).

The standard fee is £60. There are 8 subsidised student places, charged at £40 each. There are a further 2 fully subsidised student places, with bursaries to help cover travel and accommodation costs – please enquire for further details.

To register for this event, or for further details e-mail Betty McGrath via or Yan Yan Leung at

Further information is available here.


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