Conference: Health Law and the UK: Where Now After Brexit?

6 December 2016
Thursday 4th May 2017
Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham

As policy  makers and lawyers grapple with the aftermath of the EU Referendum this conference explores the  implications and  challenges of Brexit for UK Health Law.  Papers will include ‘Brexit: an opportunity to rationalise bioethics governance in the U.K.?; the impact of Brexit for  public health law; “Clinical Trials in the UK: Where Now After Brexit”;  the implications of Brexit for reproductive choice; “Open for Business – Risks to Public Health from International Commerce After Brexit”; “Research Regulation: A leap in the Dark”; privacy health and data protection post Brexit; and “Pharmaceutical regulation: another fine mess they’ve got us into”.

Speakers include:

Professor Emma Cave, Durham Law School

Professor John Coggon, Bristol Law School

Dr Mairead Enright, Birmingham Law School

Professor Graeme Laurie, University of Edinburgh

Dr Samantha Halliday, Leeds Law School

Professor Tamara Hervey, Sheffield Law Schools

Dr Mark Flear, Queens University Belfast Law School

Professor Jean McHale, Centre for Health Law Science and Policy, Birmingham Law School

Professor Jonathan Montgomery, Faculty of Laws UCL

Professor Chris Newdick,  School of Law, University of Reading

Professor Keith Syrett, Cardiff Law School

Dr Mark Taylor, Sheffield Law School

Registration is now open. The full programme is available here.

For further information contact Jean McHale – j.v.mchale [at]

Event: Have professionalism and trust in the NHS been destroyed by regulation?​

11 April 2015

Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 18.30

Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London.

Join hosts Professor Stephen Challacombe (Guy’s, Dentistry, 1968) and Diana Garnham (War Studies, 1979) and a leading panel of experts for an evening of debate and discussion. The panel will discuss the effect of regulations on trust and professionalism within the NHS and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and review your stance on the subject.

The panel includes:

Professor Sir Cyril Chantler (Guy’s, Medicine, 1963) who has held many senior positions in medical organisations including NHS trusts, the General Medical Council and the King’s Fund. He is also a past Principal of UMDS.

Ms Joanna Glynn QC who has expertise in professional regulation relating to healthcare and worked with the Royal Society as a member of the Review Panel of Neuroscience and the Law, published in 2011.

Baroness Onora O’Neill, a philosopher focussing on the roles of trust and accountability in public life, a crossbench member of the House of Lords and Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE (St Thomas’, Medicine, 1978), Chief Inspector of Hospitals for the Care Quality Commission. He held many positions at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital before becoming the Government’s ‘Cancer Tsar’ from 1999-2012.

A reception will follow immediately after the event.

This event is free and open to all but you must book a place here.

PhD studentship: Capabilities approach, gender and health

13 April 2011

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has a number of PhD studentships for UK and EU students funded by the UK ESRC under their programme in ‘Health and Wellbeing’.  The program consists of three pathways: Health Economics, Public Health Interventions, and Global Change and Health.

One of the PhD studentships in the Public Health Interventions pathway is earmarked for research on the capabilities approach.  The research should aim to integrate capabilities approach theory and practice, public health, gender studies, and development studies.  It is provisionally titled ‘Towards a new measure of gender justice: Operationalizing the Sen/Nussbaum capabilities approach as a means to evaluate development projects.’ The supervisors are Lori Heise and Sridhar Venkatapuram.  The PhD research will be multi-disciplinary.  We invite prospective students to contact the supervisors prior to making an application.

Lori Heise:
Sridhar Venkatapuram:

Further information about the program is available here.

Lecture: Broadening bioethics – clinical ethics, public health and global health

31 March 2011

Thursday 19 May 2011 at 6.30-7.45 pm (registration/refreshments from 6.00 pm) followed by a drinks reception

Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam St, London WC2N 6EZ

Baroness Onora O’Neill CBE FBA
Department of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Baroness O’Neill will be giving the 2011 annual public lecture hosted by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, as a part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. Baroness O’Neill is an internationally acclaimed philosopher and was a founding member of the Council in 1991, which she later went on to chair in the mid-1990s.

Attendance is free but requires registration. For further information and to register go here.

Conference: The Europeanisation of healthcare

2 February 2011

Thursday 24 February 2011, 1.15 pm – 6.00 pm

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE

This meeting is organised by the RSM Open Section in association with the European Association of Health Law and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

CPD: 3 credits (applied for)

Register now for this interdisciplinary afternoon meeting exploring current trends and practical realities in co-operative public health, individual healthcare and the medico-legal dimensions to these developments.

Speakers are figures directly involved in this Europeanisation of healthcare, including Dr Joana Namorado (EU), Professor Alberto Costa (Milan), Professor Jean McHale (Birmingham), Professor David Kerr (Oxford), Professor Mark McCarthy (UCL) and Alex Denoon (Lawford Davies).

The programme will examine:

  • Patient mobility; how the NHS interacts with the European dimension and reactions of healthcare consumers and policy makers
  • The need for a ‘common market’ in medical and healthcare research
  • Current regulatory issues and considerations of best practice from the medico-legal perspective


Job: James Martin University Lecturership in Global Health Politics

21 December 2010

University of Oxford – Department of Public Health in association with Wolfson College

Grade 10a: Salary £42,563 – £57,201 p.a.

The closing date for applications is 14 January 2011

Applications are invited for this post, tenable from early 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter. Candidates should have a doctoral degree in public health, politics, economics, policy or a related discipline, and have a proven record of research achievement consistent with the department’s international standing, and be able to contribute effectively to the department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching in the area of Global Health Politics. Preference will be given to candidates with a multidisciplinary background in both social (e.g. politics, public policy, medical anthropology) and biomedical (e.g. epidemiology, biology) sciences, as well as candidates with regional expertise in Asia or Africa.

The post is associated with a Governing Body Fellowship at Wolfson College. Salary will be on a combined college and University scale. Additional college allowances are set out in the further particulars. The post is tenure-track, subject to review in the fourth year of appointment.

Further particulars outlining the University and college duties, information on how to apply and a detailed job description are available from the website here or from Stacey Bell, Personnel Assistant, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Rosemary Rue Building, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LF.

It is intended to interview between 24 – 28 January 2011. Informal enquiries can be directed to the Head of Public Health, Ray Fitzpatrick (email: in relation to the Department of Public Health, or to Robyn Norton (email: in relation to the George Centre for Healthcare Innovation.

The University and Wolfson College are Equal Opportunities Employers. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Conference: Public health ethics. Scientific methods, foundational concepts, and case analyses

1 September 2010

On February 14-18 2011, there will be a five-day interdisciplinary conference on public health ethics at Hannover Medical School, Germany.

The main themes are (i) analyses of foundational concepts of public health ethics, (ii) scientific methods and evaluation in public health ethics and (iii) normative analyses of specific cases and problem areas in public health ethics. The conference language is English.

This conference is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The organizers — Daniel Strech, Georg Marckmann and Irene Hirschberg — would like to invite applications for funded places at the conference. All travel and accommodation costs will be covered and an additional EUR 300 will be paid to each successful candidate. Fifteen funded places are available. Those eligible are European young scholars (PhD students and post docs) in the fields of public health, health services research, philosophy, biomedical ethics, medicine, nursing sciences, health economics, psychology, law, political science, and social sciences.

To apply, please send an abstract (max. 500 words), curriculum vitae and publication list to by October 4 2010.

Confirmed speakers include:

Angus Dawson, Keele University

Peter Schroeder-Baeck, Maastricht University

Neema Sofaer, King’s College London

Johannes J.M. van Delden, Utrecht University

Marcel F. Verweij, Utrecht University

Job: Assistant or Associate Professor of Law and Public Health at Harvard

25 August 2010

The Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health seeks candidates for the position of assistant or associate professor of law and public health.

This is a tenure-ladder position, with the academic rank to be determined in accordance with the successful candidate’s experience and productivity. The successful candidate will play a central role in the department’s program of teaching and research.

Candidates must possess a law degree, the ability to teach health law at the graduate level, and the interest and potential to conduct empirical research. A background in health or advanced training in health policy, economics, or
a related social science discipline is desirable.

Please send a letter of application, including a statement of current and future research interests, curriculum vitae, sample publications, and the names of three referees to the following address. Applicants should ask their three referees to write independently to this address.

Search Committee for Law and Public Health
Hayden Rockson, Search Administrator
Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115