Job: Teaching Associate in Healthcare Ethics and Law, Bristol Medical School

2 July 2018

Location:

Bristol

Salary:

£32,548 pro rata, per annum

Hours:

Part Time

Contract Type:

Fixed-Term/Contract

Placed on:

27th June 2018

Closes:

25th July 2018

Job Ref:

ACAD103381

We are seeking a Teaching Associate to work within the thriving interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics in Medicine (CEM), in the Department of Population of Health Sciences, in Bristol Medical School.

The successful candidate will provide teaching and assessment related to healthcare ethics and law, primarily to students on the intercalated BSc (Hons) in Bioethics and to students on the MBChB Medicine. In view of these tasks, the post-holder will need a good knowledge of healthcare ethics and of healthcare law, and the ability to teach, assess and provide some assistance in the administration and development of the teaching of these disciplines, particularly at undergraduate level.

The post-holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of Dr Zuzana Deans. They will also have regular contact with Professor Richard Huxtable (director of CEM), Dr Jonathan Ives (deputy director of CEM) and other colleagues in CEM and the Medical School.

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Conference: Reimagining Health Law, Birmingham

26 June 2018
Birmingham Law School
Tuesday 11th September 2018 (09:30-17:30)
Contact: Professor Jean McHale at j.v.mchale [at] bham.ac.uk
 

Health law is a comparatively young legal discipline. It has emerged from a backdrop of ‘Medical’ and ‘Health Care’.  But what exactly is ‘Health Law’ itself? What do we mean when we write about or teach Health Law?

Health law is a comparatively young legal discipline. It has emerged from a backdrop of “Medical” and “Health Care “.  But what exactly is “Health Law” itself?  What do we mean when we write about or Health Law? The aim of this one day Workshop is to explore health law from a range of perspectives: doctrinal/historical/critical. We will consider the disciplinary interface within and outside law, i.e. health law’s connection to other legal fields, its relationship with bioethics, humanities, and social sciences, and their impact on the health law methodology. In particular the speakers will address a number of pressing questions that have influenced the field in the past and will shape it in future.

For instance:

  • To what extent is the fact that an academic scholar began as a public lawyer which led to them working in health law impacts on the way in which the discipline itself is framed?
  • Is there a unique health law method and if so, to what extent have the developments in other fields and disciplines contributed to the emergence of that method?
  • Are we witnessing any important paradigm shift in the field at the moment?

It will be a day in which people are encouraged to explore ideas, synergies and question assumptions about what health law- was- is and where it is going.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Richard Ashcroft, Queen Mary London;
  • Professor Margaret Brazier, University of Manchester; Professor Emma Cave, University of Durham;
  • Professor Sylvie Delacroix University of Birmingham;
  • Professor Marie Fox, University of Liverpool;
  • Professor Phil Fennell, University of Cardiff;
  • Professor Jonathan Montgomery, UCL;
  • Dr Judy Laing, University of Bristol; Professor Jean McHale, University of Birmingham;
  • Professor Jose Miola, University of Leicester;
  • Professor Nicky Prialux, University of Cardiff;
  • Professor Keith Syrett, University of Bristol.

The event programme will be available shortly.


Job: Research Fellowship (Socio-Legal) in the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, The University of Edinburgh

18 June 2018

The Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society is seeking an experienced researcher in the field of socio-legal studies to contribute to scholarly and engagement activities within this cross-College, cross-School initiative. The Centre, supported by the Wellcome Trust, seeks to effect lasting change in how we understand and influence the dynamic relationship between biomedicine, individuals and society.

Working closely with the Centre’s Executive Team, the successful candidate will develop and undertake an empirical socio-legal research project concerned with the legal consciousness of stakeholders in a health research context, such as in the realm of reproductive medicine, data sharing or clinical trials. You will also contribute to cross-cutting projects involving other members of the Centre.

The work demands close attention to detail, the ability to prioritise, identify and achieve deadlines and use good judgement and initiative. A positive collaborative attitude is also essential.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in research, supported by a track record of strong relevant publications. In addition, applicants are invited to explore how their research interests complement the existing strengths of the Executive Team and their respective Schools.

The post is available from 1st September 2018, full-time and fixed-term for 24 months.

Please include your CV and a supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Graeme Laurie (Graeme.Laurie [at] ed.ac.uk).


Job: Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Law, University of Bristol – School of Law

18 June 2018

Salary: £36,613 to £41,212 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 11th June 2018
Closes: 12th July 2018
Job Ref: ACAD103364

The Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Law will be based in the Centre for Health, Law, and Society (within the University of Bristol Law School) and carry out research on the Wellcome Trust funded Balancing Best Interests in Healthcare, Ethics and Law (BABEL) project. This project is a collaboration between the Centre for Health, Law, and Society and the Centre for Ethics in Medicine (within Bristol Medical School).

The BABEL project asks: How should the ‘best interests’ of incapacitated/incompetent patients be interpreted and applied in medico-legal decision-making? ‘Medico-legal decision-making’ covers medical treatment decisions in the legal and healthcare settings, thus encompassing judges, lawyers, healthcare professionals, advocates, patients, families and carers. The best interests standard pervades medico-legal decision-making about the treatment of incapacitated patients, young and old, and BABEL will examine various legal and ethically-charged decisions to treat or not treat a range of incapacitated patients in their best interests (e.g. sterilisation, vaccination, dementia care, and the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment).

You should have demonstrable ability to produce excellent research leading to publications of 3* or 4* quality by REF2014 standards; significant experience of undertaking legal research; significant experience of qualitative social science research methods, including conducting interviews and/or focus groups and analysis of qualitative data; good knowledge of healthcare law, in particular mental health and capacity law; and demonstrable exemplary organisation and time-management skills, including managing multiple tasks at the one time. A PhD or equivalent in Law/ Socio-Legal Studies (in the research area) is also essential.

This post is full time and open ended, with fixed term funding until 31 August 2023. Available from 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 12 July 2018. It is expected that the selection process will be held as soon as possible following the closing date.

For informal enquiries, please get in touch with Judy Laing (email: J.M.Laing [at] bristol.ac.uk or tel: +44 (0)117 39 40093) or Sheelagh McGuinness (email: sheelagh.mcguinness [at] bristol.ac.uk or tel: +44 (0)117 39 40094).


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: Research Fellow in Health Law outside the EU at Birmingham

11 December 2017

Research Fellow: University of Birmingham – Birmingham Law School
Salary: £29,799 to £38,832 With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 5th December 2017
Closes: 10th January 2018
Job Ref: 57033
Fixed term for 9 Months

 

A Research Fellow is sought for the ESRC Funded Project “Health Law outside the EU: Immediate, Intermediate and Long Term Impacts”. The project explores the impact of leaving the EU on health law on the UK and the devolved jurisdictions. The project is running for 18 months from May 2017- November 2018 and is part of the ESRC “UK in a Changing Europe” Initiative. The project is led by Professor Jean McHale, Centre for Health Law Science and Policy, Birmingham Law School (Principal Investigator) and Professor Tamara Hervey (Sheffield Law School) and Dr Mark Flear (QUB Law School) (Co-investigators).

The Research Fellow will be based at Birmingham Law School and will report to the Principal Investigator. The Research Fellow role will include undertaking literature reviews of primary and secondary sources, organisation a project workshop and the closing project dissemination event, and involvement in the organisation of interviews with stakeholders. The Research Fellow will also be involved in developing publications flowing from the project’s findings.

The Fellow will have an LLB degree or equivalent and normally a higher degree relevant to this area. The Fellow will have studied UK Health Law and EU Law at UG and/or PGT/PGR level. The Fellow will demonstrate high level analytical capability, ability to communicate complex information clearly and ability to use the internet for the communication of research. The Fellow will have understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Jean McHale at j.v.mchale [at] bham.ac.uk


Radio: ‘Neurolaw and Order’ on the BBC World Service

9 December 2017
Neurolaw and Order, available now online and as a podcast

The latest findings in neuroscience are increasingly affecting the justice system in America. Owen Jones, professor of law and biology at Vanderbilt University, explores where neurolaw is making its mark and where the discipline is heading.

One significant finding from MRI scanners is that the adolescent brain continues to develop right into the early- and mid-twenties. The fact that we are not ‘adults’ at age 18 is having big repercussions in the legal system.

In San Francisco, the entire way that young offenders of crimes such as armed robbery up to the age of 25 are treated is adapting to the brain data.

More and more, neuroscientists are testifying in courts, often to mitigate sentences including the death penalty in juveniles. Other times, they highlight rare brain abnormalities that cause violent and antisocial behaviour, which helps justify a lighter sentence.

However, young brains are still malleable. In Wisconsin, brain imaging of juvenile prisoners can detect psychopathic markers. Once identified, staff can employ techniques to de-programme those antisocial traits and rehabilitate prisoners to ready them for, they hope, a crime-free life outside.

And this is simply the first generation of neurolaw – where to next?