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The University of Southampton
Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)

Areas of interest

Our core members hold expertise across the fields of health ethics and law. We take a variety of critical approaches to understanding and analysing law and policy, including from feminist, law and literature, moral, philosophical, political, and regulatory perspectives.

Through a range of large, on-going projects such as the Hidden Lawmakers programme, national and international interdisciplinary research collaborations such as the Economic and Social Research Council funded project on Criminalising Contagion, and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research funded project on population health ethics and the ‘targeting’ of socially-defined population subgroups, and individual research endeavours, we focus on an enormous variety of practical and theoretical questions in law and bioethics. Amongst them are projects relating to: parenthood, embryology, and human reproduction; medical and scientific research; death, dying, and end-of-life decision-making; public and global health; health care decision-making, autonomy, and best interests; health care law and criminal regulation; the production and impact of health care law and public policy; law and technology; law and the human body; and organ donation.

Contact us

We are pleased to be contacted about participation in research collaborations, and we welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates, and inquiries from potential applicants who might be interested in developing proposals for postdoctoral research positions in HEAL.


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