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The University of Southampton
Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)

Current projects

Our researchers are examining many key issues in health law and ethics both in the UK and further afield.

Melinee Kazarian, Lecturer in Southampton Law School, Member (currently on maternity leave)

Melinee researches on healthcare law and criminal law issues, as well as comparative and French law.

Recent projects

Farrell, A-M., Alghrani, A., & Kazarian, M. (2020). Gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare: Time for a restorative justice approach? Medical Law Review, 28(3), 526-548.

Finalised book on Criminalising Medical Malpractice: Comparative Perspectives


Claire Lougarre, Lecturer in Southampton Law School, Director

Claire’s primary expertise lies at the intersection of human rights law and health, especially the right to health

Claire submitted evidence to Parliament on UK's human rights obligations to realise the right to health in its response to COVID-19 in July 2020, in collaboration with Judith Bueno de Mesquita (University of Essex); Lisa Montel (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine); Dr Sharifah Sekalala (University of Warwick)

Pursuing collaboration with same colleagues, currently writing a paper on States’ obligations to realise the right to health in a pandemic under international law

Claire’s article is ‘The protection of non-nationals’ economic, social and cultural rights in UN Human Rights Treaties’. International Human Rights Law Review, 9(2).


Joan Mahoney, Lecturer in Southampton Law School, Member

Joan researches on constitutional law, legal history, and constitutional issues of bioethics.

Joan published a book on ‘MI5, the Cold War, and the Rule of Law’ in May and presented her research at the University of Miami a month ago, which inspired her to write a short piece comparing aspects of our work to US law. Joan has also been working on an article on surrogacy and definitions of parenthood, specifically comparing, birth, genetic connection, and adoption as creating parenthood.


Remi Nwuabueze, Associate Professor in Southampton Law School, Director of the Centre HEAL

Remi’s primary expertise focuses on Law and the Human Body, as well as on Biomedical Technology

P.I - Leverhulme Trust Major Research Project Grant (2020-2023) titled ‘Modern Technologies, Privacy Law and the Dead’ (£270,000.00):

 P.I - GCRF Strategic Development Fund grant (2020-2021) on Migrant Sea Death project (£52,000.00)

 P.I - Modern Law Review (MLR)funded seminar - 2020-2021, titled ‘Emerging Technologies, Personality Laws and the Dead’ (£5,000.00).

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