Job: Faculty position at the Center for Health Law, Ethics and Human Rights and the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management, Boston University

3 October 2016

Boston University School of Public Health invites applications for a full-time faculty position in health law in the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights and the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management. We seek a faculty member to join us in educating innovators in health law and policy and advancing the Center’s research agenda. The Center has 40 years of experience in real-world scholarship and advocacy in health law, ethics and human rights, both globally and domestically.

Responsibilities include:

  • teaching 2 to 4 health law courses per year, including a required course (Health Systems, Policy and Law)
  • advising students in the Master of Public Health degree program
  • participating in multidisciplinary research as a member of the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights
  • developing and pursuing a portfolio of scholarly research

Appointment rank and length depend on qualifications.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. from a United States law school and a record of either demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship in one or more of the following areas: health care organization and financing law, health insurance law, public health law, privacy law, mental health law, drug (prescription and illicit) regulation, research with human subjects, biomedical ethics, public health ethics, human rights and health. Areas outside the scope of this position include environmental, occupational, and professional liability law.

For more details including how to apply, visit the University’s Human Resources site.

Lecture: Disabling Legal Barriers – The inaugural lecture of Professor Oliver Lewis, KCL MA Medical Ethics and Law alumnus

28 September 2016


3rd November 2016, 5pm

Moot Court Room
Liberty Building
School of Law
University of Leeds

This lecture will review the impact of strategic human rights litigation as a tool that can expose and demolish barriers that prevent people with mental health issues or learning disabilities from enjoying equality, inclusion and justice. Oliver will draw on fifteen years work in central and eastern Europe with the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, an international NGO that collaborates with the University and offer students an opportunity to engage with its litigation and advocacy.

Dr Oliver Lewis was called to the Bar in 2000 and is an associate barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, London. He is the Executive Director of the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, an international NGO that uses law to secure equality, inclusion and justice for people with mental health issues or learning disabilities worldwide. He is a recurrent visiting professor in law at the Central European University where he developed a LLM module on ‘Mental disability law and advocacy”, and a faculty member at the Indian Law Society where he teaches an international diploma on mental health and human rights law. He is a trustee of the Avon and Bristol Law Centre, and a member of PILNet’s Hungary board. He is interested in how law serves both as a barrier to social inclusion and as method of addressing injustice. His research has focused on international human rights law and mechanisms, human rights monitoring (including monitoring closed institutions such as psychiatric hospitals), strategic litigation, legal capacity, mental health law, political participation and the right to life.

He served as research director for the first disability project of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, and has been retained as an expert to organisations such as the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights.

Register via Eventbrite.



18 September 2013

KCL and UCL now have a substantial number of faculty and PhD students working in bioethics, broadly construed. This colloquium aims to facilitate high-level discussion among these scholars and link individuals and groups across KCL, UCL, and beyond.

Topics range from traditional questions in medical ethics and law to ethical issues in the design of health systems at the national and global level (public health ethics / global health ethics).

When? First Thursday of the month, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, with the possibility to go for drinks afterwards. Two sessions per term, starting in the fall of 2013.

Where? Alternating between KCL and UCL.

Contact: Annette Rid, James Wilson

FALL 2013

3 October 2013, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Moot Court, UCL Laws, Bentham House – Endsleigh Gardens – London WC1H 0EG

Jonathan Wolff: Paying people to act in their own interests: incentives versus rationalisation

Continuing session in the Lord John Russell

7 November 2013, 4:00 – 5:30 pm


Genevra Richardson: Mental disability and human rights: can principle ever serve global reality?

Summer School in Health Law and Ethics

23 March 2012

The Erasmus Observatory is proud to announce the Annual Summer School on Health Law and Ethics in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In a two-week period, from 18th of June until 29th June 2012, various aspects of health law and ethics will be taught. The course is designed to enhance the preparation of health professionals confronted with legal and ethical issues. Phd and Master students in this field are also welcome to participate. The course focuses on both theoretical and practical aspects of health law and ethics.

The topics of this year are:
Week 1: Human Rights & Health, Essential Medicine, Bioethics and the Law
Week 2: Sexual & Reproductive health, Health Care Rationing and Global Health Law

Registration is open now!

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


Radio: babyboomers and the right to die

20 October 2010

BBC Radio 4: A Point of View – Baby Boomers
Available on indefinitely on iPlayer

“Sarah Dunant owns up to being a member of the greediest generation – the baby boomers. She wonders if after asking for a range of personal freedoms, they are now asking for the freedom to choose when to die?”

Call for Papers: Health Rights in Global Historical Perspective

28 July 2010

Conference at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,

17-18 February 2011

The idea that individuals have rights within the context of health has deep roots.  The right to health was amongst the ‘rights of man’ established during the French Revolution, and patients’ rights and doctors’ duties were of concern in places such as England from the eighteenth century onwards.  Rights to health care became incorporated within European welfare states during the twentieth century but, as more recent debates over health care in the USA demonstrate, rights and health remain disputed territory.

This conference aims to explore the understanding and application of the notion of rights to health within different historical and geographical settings. Themes to be addressed include (but are not restricted to):

– Changing conceptions of health rights across time and space
– The health rights of different population groups (women, ethnic minorities, migrants, etc.)
– The health rights of different disease sufferers (mental illness, communicable disease etc.)
– Different types of health rights (reproductive rights, rights to life/death, right to consent, right to complain, etc.)
– The construction of different health issues as (human) rights problems (e.g. access to medicines; women rights to reproductive health; etc.)
– Health rights & the law
– Health rights & the market place
– Health rights & the state
– Health rights & international organisations (WHO, United Nations, partnerships, etc.)
– Health rights & health systems
– Health rights & access to health care
– Health rights & civil society (patient associations; international/national/local NGOs; information and protest campaigns);
– The expertise and techniques of health rights (monitoring/reporting; campaigning; networks of experts and activists; etc.)

Proposals are invited that address the themes of the conference in any historical period and geographical context.  Papers will be limited to 20 minutes in length.  Please submit paper proposals, including a 300 word abstract and speaker’s contact details, to by October 1st  2010.