Conference: Patient safety, litigation against doctors and gross negligence manslaughter

1 March 2017

Friday 21 April 2017

Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
LONDON
W1G 0AE

Improving patient safety, by means of a reduction of medical errors, has been a major focus of attention over the past several years. This one-day meeting will review progress to date and consider how further progress can be made. Speakers include Professor Terence Stephenson, Chairman of the General Medical Council and Mr David Sellu, who went to prison on a charge of gross negligence manslaughter.

The ways and means of turning back the tide of litigation against doctors will be debated as well as the appropriateness of the use of criminal prosecution of surgeons for “gross negligence manslaughter”.

Further details including the agenda and how to register are available here.


Event: Symposium on Law, Compassion, and Healthcare

20 February 2017

18 May 2017, 14:00—17:30hrs

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

A symposium exploring compassion in relation to law and healthcare – through presentations and discussion, with speakers from academia, practice, and the judiciary.

Speakers

Sir Mark Hedley, former High Court judge; ruled in, inter alia, Portsmouth NHS Trust v. Wyatt.

Professor Hazel Biggs, Professor of Healthcare Law and Bioethics; co-Director of HEAL (the Centre for Health Ethics and Law), University of Southampton, Editor-in-Chief (Joint), Medical Law Review

Paul Bowen QC, Brick Court Chambers; author of Blackstone’s Guide to the Mental Health Act 2007

Dr. Paquita de Zulueta, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College; Member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Kate Rohde, Solicitor, Partner, Kingsley Napley

Dr. Phil Bielby, Law, University of Hull, author of Competence and Vulnerability in Biomedical Research

Dermot Feenan, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Founder & Convenor, Law & Compassion Research Network

Chairs

Dr. Glenys Williams, Law, Aberystwyth University

Katy Peters, Law, University of Surrey

Registration fee £59.00 

Booking

Via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/symposium-on-law-compassion-and-healthcare-tickets-31853045316?aff=es2

Enquiries: Dermot Feenan, Academic Coordinator. dermot.feenan [at] sas.ac.uk

Organised by the Law & Compassion Research Network.


Conference: Abortion, Disability and the Law

10 February 2017

Registration is now open for the Anscombe [Christian] Bioethics Centre upcoming day conference, ‘Abortion, Disability and the Law’, on Saturday, 18 February 2017, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, in the aula of Blackfriars Hall (St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LY). The conference will examine the ethical, legal, social and psychological issues raised by abortion or childbirth following a diagnosis of foetal anomaly.

Speakers:

John Finnis
Helen Watt
Caroline Simons

Patricia Casey
John Wyatt
Heidi Crowter

Cost: £20 (£10 conc.) including lunch


Research fellowships: Fondation Brocher, Geneva

10 February 2017

The Brocher Foundation is located on the shores of the Geneva Lake, in Hermance (Geneva -Switzerland).

The Brocher Foundation residencies last between one and four months. They give researchers the opportunity to work at the Brocher Centre on projects on the ethical, legal and social implications for humankind of recent medical research and new technologies. 

Every month a dozen of visiting researchers live and concentrate on their research project at the Foundation.

The location allows researchers to link up with, and benefit from, the extensive network and knowledge of local experts from the international governmental and non-governmental organisations having their headquarters in Geneva.

Our call for residencies is closing on the 18th of February.

The Brocher Foundation offers visiting researchers the opportunity to come at the Brocher Centre in a peaceful park on the shores of Lake Geneva, to write a book, articles, an essay or a PhD thesis. The visiting positions are an occasion to meet other researchers from different disciplines and countries as well as experts from numerous International Organizations & Non Governmental Organizations based in Geneva, such as WHO, WTO, WIPO, UNHCR, ILO, WMA, ICRC, and others.

They give researchers (PhD students to Professors) the opportunity to work at the Brocher Centre on projects on the ethical, legal and social implications for humankind of recent medical research and new technologies.  Researchers can also apply with one or two other researchers to work on a collaborative project.

“Junior” visiting researchers can apply for an additional scholarship in order to cover their travel and local expenses in Geneva. To be eligible to this “Additional scholarship for Junior researchers”, the applicant should be a PhD student or should have obtained his PhD degree within a maximum of five years and should not perceive any other income during the time spent at the Foundation.

Applications from low and middle income countries are highly encouraged.

Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of recent medical research and new medical technologies :

Bioethics, Medical Anthropology, Health Economics, Health Policy, Health Law, Philosophy of Medicine and Health, Medical Humanities, Social Science Perspectives on Health, Medical Ethics, History of medicine. Equitable access to medical care, Biobanks, Biosecurity and Dual Use Dilemmas, Clinical Trials and Research on Human Subjects, Genetic testing and screening, Health Care Reform, Nanotechnology, Neglected diseases, Pandemic planning, Reproductive technology, Stem Cells and Cell Therapy, Organ transplantation, Telemedicine, Neurosciences, Synthetic Biology.

Must be submitted before 18/02/2017 midnight GMT.


PhD: ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine’ at the University of Sheffield – Philosophy

19 January 2017

‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine’ is a collaborative research project in applied epistemology and ethics between the University of Gröningen, the University of Sheffield and CUNY Graduate Center, sponsored by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) led by Profs Boudewijn de Bruin (Gröningen) and Miranda Fricker (CUNY Graduate Center/Sheffield).

This PhD studentship commences on 1 September 2017. The successful candidate will spend three years pursuing research for the Sheffield PhD in Philosophy, and they will be expected to visit Gröningen during their second year. They may also visit CUNY Graduate Center in New York, though there is not at present any extra funding for those purposes. After completion of the Sheffield PhD at the end of Year Three, they will spend Year Four in Gröningen pursuing research leading to a second PhD in Philosophy or in Economics from the University of Gröningen.

Supervision will be shared between Profs de Bruin and Fricker, with further supervisory support given by colleagues at Sheffield. Details of the overall project available on request from mfricker [at] gc.cuny.edu

Requirements

The studentship is open to students of any nationality. Normally, candidates should have completed a minimum of two years’ full-time undergraduate study in Philosophy, and have gained a good 2.1 BA Honours Degree (67%) or equivalent (US GPA 3.6). Candidates should have completed a Master’s course (or equivalent) in Philosophy, with a substantial research component, achieving a grade equivalent to 67%. It is desirable that candidates also have some knowledge of Finance or Medicine.

Please see www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/info/englang for English Language requirements.

Application Process

Candidates should submit an application for the Sheffield PhD via www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosophy/prospectivepostgraduates/applying

using the heading ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice studentship’.

Applying for a studentship in this project does not preclude applicants from applying for other sources of funding for their PhD.

In their online research proposal (900-1000 words), candidates should make clear how their background and interests make them a suitable candidate for the Towards Professional Epistemic Justice project, and explain the specific lines of enquiry they would wish to pursue within the framework of the project and the branch of it (epistemic justice and finance/ medicine) in which they wish to situate their thesis. Candidates may propose any project they see as broadly fitting these themes. Topics covered might include the structure of virtue and/or vice, virtues of epistemic justice, individual and collective or institutional virtues and vices, procedural remedies for biased outcomes, overcoming implicit bias, self-trust, self-fulfilling testimonial injustice, recognition theory, broader issues of justice and injustice in medicine and/or finance etc.

Candidates must also send an email message to Professor Fricker, mfricker [at] gc.cuny.edu notifying her that an application has been submitted and giving her the application number using ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice studentship’ in the subject line.

Interviews (probably by Skype or FaceTime) will be held in March 2017.

For further information, please contact Prof Miranda Fricker (mfricker [at] gc.cuny.edu) and/or Prof Boudewijn de Bruin (b.p.de.bruin [at] rug.nl).

Funding Details

The studentship is funded from 1/9/2107 to 31/7/2021 directly by the University of Gröningen. It pays €28,498 (Year 1), €33,201 (Year 2), €34,778 (Year 3) and €31,245 (Year 4 until 31/7/2021) and are subject to Dutch tax law. These funds are to pay course fees at Sheffield and to provide maintenance.

Location of PhD

University of Sheffield (3 years)

University of Groningen (1 year)


Job: Associate Professor in Health Law and Regulation at Melbourne Law School

19 January 2017

 

Location: Melbourne
Salary: AU$140,758 to AU$155,072
£84,482.95 to £93,074.21 converted salary* p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 9th January 2017
Closes: 28th February 2017
Job Ref: 0042049

About Melbourne Law School
Melbourne Law School (MLS) is Australia’s first all-graduate law faculty. Melbourne Law School was the first faculty in Australia to teach law, and awarded this country’s first law degrees. MLS is ranked the Number 1 Law School in Australia and sits within the top 10 law schools in the world.

About the role:
The position is to take a leadership and management role in developing a successful programme of health law research and teaching alongside Professor Jane Kaye. The position has been established within the Law School but will work closely with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and other relevant faculties and schools.

About you:
The successful incumbent will ideally be experienced in establishing collaborations and developing research projects with healthcare professionals working in innovative areas of translational research. In addition, they will be expected to contribute more generally to the work of the Melbourne Law School in teaching and learning, research, engagement and leadership and service. For the first five years of the appointment, they will teach one subject in either the Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) programme or the Melbourne Law Masters (MLM) in medical and health law. After that time they may be required to take on a full teaching load.

Melbourne Law School is an equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from scholars able to enrich the diversity of our community. In particular, we encourage Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

Employment Type: Full-time continuing position

Enquiries only to: Professor Jane Kaye, Email jane.kaye [at] law.ox.ac.uk

Close date: 28 Feb 2017

For position information and to apply online go to: http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers, click on the relevant option (‘Current Staff’ or ‘Prospective Staff’)  and search under the job title or job number 0042049.


Event: Towards a Rhetoric of Medical Law

19 January 2017

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is delighted to announce the launch of the IALS New Book Forum chaired by Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, IALS.  The first book under discussion is:

Title:  Towards a Rhetoric of Medical Law, Routledge, 2016

Author: Professor John Harrington, Cardiff University

Commentators: Professor Richard Ashcroft (QMUL); Dr Emilie Cloatre (Kent);  Professor Alan Finlayson (UEA)

Date and Time: 7 February 2017, 16.00-18.00

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

For further information and to book please go to the event page.