Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)


Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)

Health Care Law is a growing field of legal study that focuses on a range of issues surrounding life, death, disease and well-being. Established in 2005, and now led by Dr Caroline Jones and Dr A.M. Viens, HEAL, the Centre for Health Ethics and Law at Southampton Law School, has become a leading inter-disciplinary research group that explores the nature of Health Care Law, its production and impact on society. HEAL actively promotes engagement between academics, health professionals and policy makers, as well as makes substantive contributions to theory and practice.

Our interests span across health law and ethics. For example, we are interested in complex questions concerning embryo research and start of life issues raised by developments in assisted conception, mitochondrial donation/replacement and stem cell research. We focus on questions in public health law, policy, and ethics, including infectious and ‘lifestyle’ diseases, disaster management, and research ethics. Our work also examines end of life matters such as assisted dying and organ donation. We maintain active networks with colleagues at universities in the UK, Europe, Africa, North America and Australasia, and contribute to work by leading organisations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

HEAL regularly takes part in important public consultations that shape policy approaches and professional guidelines, and the centre’s members hold numerous editorial positions and board memberships of leading journals in the field.

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Thu, 08 May 2014 11:33:21
In April 2014 I travelled up to Aberdeen for the annual SLSA conference, hosted by the Law School, Robert Gordon University, to deliver our paper on ‘Two Citadels’ in the Medical Law stream. Aberdeen is a great, albeit expensive city to visit (well, mid-week anyway – that’s oil money for you). There was a huge […]

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:45:57
I’m writing this blog post in a rather august atrium in the University of Vienna (long story), but it actually relates to a talk I gave last week at Monash University’s campus in Prato. It was one of the most stimulating, fun, interesting, and generally enjoyable conferences that I’ve been to , and was the […]

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:00:04
This week’s HEAL event is a joint Law School staff seminar/HEAL seminar, to be led by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning speaking on ‘Ethics, Embryos and Evidence: A Look back at Warnock and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Acts’. This event will run from 1-2pm in rm 2055/4 (Law), Highfield Campus, on Wednesday 30th April. All welcome. […]

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