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Dr A.M. Viens, BA (Hons), BPhil, PhD, FHEA, FRSPH

Associate Professor in Public Health Law, Director, Centre for Health Ethics and Law (HEAL),Director, Public Health Ethics and Law (PHEL)

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Dr A.M. Viens is Associate Professor in Law within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton.

I joined the Law School at Southampton in 2013. I previously held a post-doctoral fellowship in Germany and teaching positions at Oxford University and King's College London. I have degrees in philosophy and law from the Universities of Toronto, Oxford and London. My main areas of research and teaching focus on ethics, legal theory and public policy, especially public health ethics and law. I also have a particular interest in the application and translation of ethical considerations into regulation, guidance and training for practitioners and researchers working in public health, global health and emergency/disaster management.






Research interests

My research centres on issues at the intersection of moral, political and legal theory and public policy, with a particular focus on how human behaviour, social conditions and regulation impact health, welfare and security.  This work has been primarily interested in demonstrating the various ways in which philosophical and policy analysis can inform and shape how we should approach different issues within public health and global health policy, practice and research.  This has lead to scholarly and policy interests in different areas, such as emergencies and disasters, antimicrobial resistance, infectious diseases, health promotion, sexual health, bodily integrity, ethics education and research ethics.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in undertaking doctoral research, and from potential applicants interested in developing proposals for post-doctoral research positions at Southampton in any area related to my research.

Research group

Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)

Affiliate research groups

Political and Legal Philosophy, Population Health, Public Health Ethics and Law, Global Health Research Institute, Network for Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention

  • Director, Centre for Health, Ethics and Law (HEAL)
  • Director, Public Health Ethics and Law Research Group (PHEL)
  • Associate Editor, Health Care Analysis
  • Editorial Board Member, Bioethics, Public Health Ethics and Global Bioethics
  • Director of Canadian Admissions


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Book Chapters




  • Legal System and Reasoning (LAWS 1012)
  • Jurisprudence (LAWS 3066)
  • Constitutional Law of Canada (LAWS 3099)


  • Public Health, Law and Ethics (LAWS 6127)



Dr A.M. Viens,
Southampton Law School, Building 4 University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK

Room Number: 4/3037

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