Public talk: Global Legal Epidemiology: Developing a Science Around Whether, When and How International Law Can Address Global Challenges

7 September 2018

Tuesday 2 October, 5.30 – 7.00 pm, 2018.

Followed by drinks reception until 7.45pm.

Oxford Martin School, Seminar Room 1, University of Oxford.

Speaker: Professor Steven J. Hoffman (Oxford Martin School Visiting Fellow)

Introducing a pioneering approach to ‘global legal epidemiology’, Prof Steven Hoffman will discuss legal mechanisms available for coordinating international responses to transnational problems, their prospects, and their challenges.  Global legal epidemiology is the scientific study of international law as a factor in the cause, distribution, and promotion of outcomes around the world. It involves evaluating the effectiveness of international legal mechanisms on the basis of their quantifiable effects and drawing implications for the development of future treaties.

Prof Hoffman will draw on examples from public health, including tobacco control and antimicrobial resistance, identifying wider lessons for potential international treaties in other domains such as the environment, human rights and trade.

Steven J. Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab, a Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University, and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health. He holds courtesy appointments as a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University and Adjunct Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, health misinformation, pandemics and tobacco control.



Workshop: Ethics of Dealing with Risks in Military Medicine 

3 September 2018

20-24 May 2019 at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland. 

Uncertainty and risk are key features of the mission planning phase as well as the working environment of military and humanitarian medical personnel. Risks cannot be avoided during the planning on strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Risk assessment is a risky job itself and relies on uncertain intelligence and predicative models. Ethical questions arise early during planning as risks make it difficult to predict the outcomes and challenges of missions.

On the ground, health care personnel (HCP) have to make decisions under conditions of risk and uncertainty as a result of incomplete knowledge, the complexity of the situation, and the kinds of medical intervention needed. During missions, HCP are subject to (at least) two different kinds of risks. They risk being harmed themselves physically or mentally, and they also risk harming others and ethical misconduct. Both risks are reinforced by the uncertainty and duress of the working environment.

Our workshop proposes to analyze the moral and ethical dimensions of risks in military medicine and how they can be taken into account in military and humanitarian medical ethics. We equally encourage reports from the field(e.g. case studies) as well as philosophical papers or legal analyses. In line with the tradition of our preceding workshops, we also invite presentations that look at the main topic from a perspective of humanitarian actors.

For further information please visit the workshop website.

Conference: Care Ethics and Precarity

3 September 2018

First Annual Care Ethics Research Consortium Conference

Portland, Oregon, USA, September 27 and 28, 2018

Keynote Speakers:  Dr. Eva Feder Kittay and Dr. Fiona Robinson

Sponsored by Portland State University, University Studies, Department of Philosophy, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as the Care Ethics Research Consortium

The Care Ethics Research Consortium (CERC) is a feminist-friendly worldwide, interdisciplinary community committed to the robust exploration and advancement of care ethics (see The first ever CERC conference will be hosted by Portland State University (PSU) in beautiful Portland, Oregon.  Scholars from all over the world and across a variety of disciplines including women’s studies and feminist scholars will address how an ethic of care confronts precarity, broadly construed.

The program for the conference includes two keynotes, a special session exploring incarceration in the United States, as well as 45 presentations exploring the relationship between care ethics and precarity.  The call for presentations emphasized engaging and non-read delivery.

The conference will take place at the PSU University Place Hotel & Conference Center, which is walking distance from downtown Portland and the Willamette River.  There is a lightrail station located in front of the Hotel for easy access to public transportation and the Portland International Airport.

You can register and find out more information including hotel registration at:


Job: Research Assistant in Law and Healing Reflecting on English Medico-Legal History and why it Matters at University of Manchester

3 September 2018
Job Reference : HUM-12583
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 01/10/2018
Salary : £26,495 to £30,688 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities
Division : Centre for Social Ethics and Policy
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : Starting October 2018 until 30 September 2019

A research assistant is sought at Grade 5.3 to assist in the research funded by a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowship which has been awarded to Professor Margot Brazier. No DBS will be required. The research is desk based and archival.

The research will focus on:

  • Completion of my monograph Law and Healing: A History of a Stormy Marriage.

  • Further research into legal and ethical ‘lessons’ arising from a critical analysis of the regulation of midwives in the 16th to 18th centuries and the prototype for codes of professional ethics to be found therein.

  • Further research into the gradual rise of judicial deference to doctors and the era of Bolamisation from 1858 to 1998•

Post-doc and PhD positions: Philosophy of Biomedicine at University of Sydney

18 April 2018

A number of positions have recently been advertised at the University of Sydney. I only have the below links and information.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Ref No. 651/0418F) details here.

Postdoctoral Research Associates (Two Positions)
Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Reference No. 651/0418F

These positions are part of the ARC Laureate Project A Philosophy of Medicine for the 21st Century. The appointees will work with Chief Investigator Professor Paul E. Griffiths and collaborators to develop a new vision of health and disease which can accommodate developments in contemporary biology and to make the discipline of philosophy an active participant in identifying new directions for integrative biomedical research.

Specific research topics will include:

*   Exploring and developing accounts of biological function and biological normativity through their application to data and theory in current biology and medicine
*   Implications of life history theory and the developmental origins of health and disease paradigm for conceptions of health and disease
*   Implications of genetic conflict perspectives and recent work on biological individuality for health and disease

The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the biomedical research community at the University of Sydney.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Radio: An Instinct for Kindness

26 March 2018

BBC Radio 4, available via the iPlayer until 30 March 2018

The powerful and personal account of how Chris Larner was asked by his ex-wife if he would accompany her to Dignitas to die when her illness became too much for her to bear. Adapted from his one man stage show.

Job: Humanities and Social Science Portfolio Developer at Wellcome

2 January 2018

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE, UK

Applications to be received by 11:59pm on 19 Jan 2018

Interview Timing: 5th and 6th February 2018

Education & Qualifications: You will hold a postgraduate degree in humanities, bioethics or social science

Appointment Type: Permanent, full-time

Division: Culture and Society

Sub Department: Humanities & Social Science

Salary Range: £38,000

About the job  

We are looking for a Humanities and Social Science Portfolio Developer to play a key role in developing and managing a portfolio of grants that ranges across fields such as history, bioethics, anthropology, and sociology.

The objective of Wellcome’s HSS team is to improve health through the best research in humanities and social science. We support the creation of knowledge and development strong research ecosystems while demonstrating the value of humanities and social science research.
Through multiple funding schemes, we support innovative research that changes our understanding of health and diseases.
In this role, you will contribute to the development and execution of strategic outreach and partnership initiatives; develop a high-quality grant portfolio; and manage internal and external stakeholder in academic and non-academic contexts.

You will

• cultivate relationships with research communities
• contribute to the exploration and assessment of the academic quality of knowledge produced through HSS grants
• work with colleagues to identify opportunities to fund HSS innovative research that can support Wellcome’s priorities
• convene meetings that will shape the development of diverse research fields
• contribute to grant-making activity
• develop a profound understanding of our portfolio

Further information here.