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.

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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?


Job: Case Manager at the Health and Care Professions Council

4 December 2017

Location: London
Salary: £33,450 per annum (Band D)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Closes: 6th December 2017
Job Ref: 002303
Working in the Fitness to Practise Department, you will be responsible for:

  • Managing and investigating complex cases dealt with by the Fitness to Practise Department
  • Contributing to the provision of witness support
  • Acting as Presenting Officer in Article 30 reviews, Interim Order and substantive cases

You will have experience/knowledge/skills consisting of:

  • A demonstrated ability of working with committees or panels within a complex framework and managing tribunal type processes, or the ability to do so;
  • A demonstrated ability to investigate, manage and progress cases with complex/difficult issues within defined timeframes and present outcomes of investigations to committees and panels;
  • Strong analytical, critical examination (including ability to conduct witness assessments), and report writing skills.

For further information and to apply for this role, please visit the HCPC Vacancies page.

For information on the HCPC please visit http://www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutus/

Closing Date: Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 9am
Interview Date: Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 December 2017

Please note that this role may bring you into contact with, or allow access to information relating to children or vulnerable adults. The HCPC therefore relies, as part of the recruitment process, on self-declaration and on criminal records checks to ensure employees are suitable to take up the position.


Job: Deputy Director of new Collaborative Research Programme in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) at the University of Copenhagen

13 November 2017

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for a position as Deputy Director. The position includes research-, teaching- and administrative responsibilities. The position is available from 1 March 2018 or as soon as possible.

Application must be uploaded by 4 December 2017, 23:59 GMT + 1.


Conference: British Transplantation Society Ethics Symposium and Living Donor Forum

13 November 2017

Winter Ethics Symposium

23 November 2017

Paediatric Organ Donation and Transplantation in the UK

Mary Ward House, London WC1H 9SN

This year our focus is Paediatric Organ Donation and Transplantation in the UK
We have incorporated complex clinical cases, professional expertise, personal experience and public policy into an ambitious programme to address a range of challenging ethical issues.
Representatives from NHSBT and BTS will highlight obstacles to implementing paediatric donation and organ allocation prioritisation in the UK.
Clinicians working in neonatal and paediatric intensive care units and those involved in the care and possible transplantation of children will set out how a range of potential paediatric donors and transplant recipients are identified and managed and provide insight into factors affecting the development of strategies to expand the paediatric donor pool.
Paediatric donor and recipient families will share their personal stories, and ways to identify and address the psychological impact of bereavement in paediatric donation will be discussed.
Management of the adolescent living donor and strategies to optimise adherence and transition among adolescent recipients will be addressed.
Living Donor Forum

24 November 2017

Living Donor Risk

Mary Ward House, London WC1H 9SN

This year our theme is Living Donor risk, and in particular where the clinician perspective may be at odds with that of the prospective donor. Is this Caring Concern or Pompous Paternalism? How difficult is it for Living Donors to donate?
The day will take the form of an interactive discussion and debate between physicians and surgeons, coordinators, patients and carers. Come with an open mind or prepare to have your assumptions challenged!

Student rates are available.


Job: John and Marylyn Mayo Chair in Health Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand

8 November 2017

Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closes: 1st December 2017
Job Ref: 19338

New Zealand’s largest and highest ranked Law School
Situated in the heart of the legal precinct, with strong links to the legal profession and the judiciary
Closely connected to the University’s Faculty of Medical and Health Science, the region’s Hospital, District Health Boards and health agencies. Dr John Mayo, one of the Faculty’s long- standing donors, has made a further substantial gift to establish an endowed Chair in the area of Health Law and Policy. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar with excellent interpersonal skills to lead this area and make a significant contribution to a broad range of personal and public health issues which affect patients, and health and legal practitioners in the public and private sectors, as well as the broader community within New Zealand and internationally.

Candidates will demonstrate personal credibility and exceptional communication skills. They will ideally have expertise in working with key partners in the government, health and medical sectors, which they can utilise to build on our existing relationships with those key partners.

The Chair will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate in research and teaching with our colleagues in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

The Faculty of Law’s degree programmes are taught by some of this country’s leading scholars. The Faculty has outstanding students and very supportive alumni. Applicants will reflect our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, and have the knowledge and expertise to mentor and grow research excellence.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading and largest university with over 42,000 students of whom 10,000 graduate annually in a wide range of professions and fields. The University has eight faculties and supports a number of key leading research centres and institutes. It is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research institution with the largest number of top-ranked researchers.

Auckland has recently been ranked third in Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey for the sixth consecutive year.

For further information please contact:

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, P: +64 9 923 9096, E: c.litten [at] auckland.ac.nz

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, P: +49 152 52 650 182, E: k.soehnel [at] auckland.ac.nz