Centre for Health Law, Science and Policy

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Our research interests traverse diverse boundaries, both across campus and within the health law discipline itself. Our academics explore a range of research issues. Our research incorporates theoretical explorations of philosophical bioethics and legal philosophy to more applied research in topics as diverse as bodily integrity, medical migration, mental health, the legal regulation of complementary and alternative medicine, perfectionism, the regulation of reproduction, and decision making at the end of life.

Health Law at Birmingham Law School is an active interdisciplinary research area and the School has a wide range of health law related modules on both the School’s LLB and LLM programmes. As a Centre we also strive to create as many spaces as possible for the exchange of ideas and academic debate. The Centre runs a seminar series, a ‘brown bag lunch’ programme, and a PhD Reading Group that provides an opportunity for our growing and engaged postgraduate community to present work in an informal setting.

Our group members present at national and international conferences and publish on both domestic and global platforms. The the depth of impact our research has beyond the Law School is evidenced by the fact that members of the Centre advise and assist a vast range of policy-makers including the Department of Health, UK Biobank, the British Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the Home Office. 

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