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Professor Hazel Biggs BA(Law) PhD FRSA

Professor of Healthcare Law and Bioethics

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Hazel Biggs is Professor of Healthcare Law and Bioethics at the University of Southampton.

Hazel Biggs is Professor of Healthcare Law and Bioethics. Hazel is also a member of HEAL (the Centre for Health Ethics and Law) at the University of Southampton.

Hazel received her first degree from the University of Kent after working for several years as a radiographer and ultrasonographer in the National Health Service. She was previously Professor of Medical Law at Lancaster University.

Hazel's research focuses on Healthcare Law and Bioethics generally, with particular emphasis on death and dying and end of life decision-making, human reproduction and the beginning of life, and the ethics and law of clinical research. Hazel has published widely on the legal and ethical aspects of each of these areas and has supervised numerous PhD students to completion on related topics.

Alongside her university activities Hazel has chaired local and multi-centre NHS Research Ethics Committees (RECs), and published a book examining the legal and ethical responsibilities of RECs (Healthcare Research Ethics and Law) in 2010. She has also been involved with education and training for members of research ethics committees and the medical research community for many years. Hazel was a member of the GMC working group which formulated the guidance Treatment and Care Towards the End of Life: good practice in decision-making in 2010. She is currently Editor in Chief of Medical Law Review, and ethics advisor to the Wales Cancer Bank and a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine.





Research interests

Medical law and bioethics form the main focus of Hazel’s research, with particular emphasis on end of life decision-making, human reproduction and the beginning of life, and the ethics and law of clinical research. Her research takes a socio-legal approach and typically adopts a feminist perspective, broadly construed.

Research group

Health Ethics and Law

Research project(s)

Placebo effects and informed consent

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Professor Hazel Biggs presented aspects of her latest book on Healthcare Research Ethics and Law, at the national NHS R&D Forum in May 2010. Hazel is currently investigating socio-legal and ethical issues associated with Fabricated Induced Injury (formerly known as Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy) and has recently completed an article examining rights and obligations in relation to Do Not Resuscitate orders.



Book Chapters


Undergraduate: Health Care Law, Legal Method

Multi-disciplinary module: Ethics in a Complex World (UOSM2009)

Professor Hazel Biggs
Southampton Law School, Building 4 University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK

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