Published research in Health Law

Professor Marie Fox


  •   (forthcoming with Therese Murphy) ‘Feminism, Law, Health’ in M. Davies and V. Munro (eds) A Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory (Ashgate 2013)
  •  (with M Thomson, ‘HIV/AIDS: Male genital cutting and the new discourses of race and masculinity’, in M Fineman and M Thomson (eds) Feminism, Masculinity and Law (Dartmouth: Ashgate, 2013).
  • ‘Law and Veterinary Ethics” in C. Wathes (ed) Veterinary and Animal Ethics, Oxford: Wiley, Blackwell (2012)
  • "The Consequences of Criminalisation: Abortion in Northern Ireland" in A, Alghrani, R. Bennett and S. Ost and  (eds) The Criminal Law and Bioethical Conflict, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2012)
  • (with M Thomson, ‘HIV/AIDS: Male genital cutting and the new discourses of race and masculinity’, in M Fineman and M Thomson (eds) Feminism, Masculinity and Law (Dartmouth: Ashgate, 2013).
  • (with N. Barker)  “Feminist judgment on Sheffield City Council v. E and Another [2005] Fam. 326:  E. Rackley, R. Hunter and C. McGlynn (eds) Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice,  Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2010, 351-62.
  • (with M. Thomson) “Older Minors and Circumcision: Questioning the Limits of Religious Actions”  in M. Milos, F. Hodges & G. Denniston, (eds) Genital Autonomy: Protecting Personal Choice, New York: Springer,15-38 (re-print of our 2008 Medical Law International  paper).
  • “Legislating Interspecies Embryos” in R. Deazley & S. Smith (eds), Transformation/Transgression: The Legal, Medical And Cultural Regulation Of The Body, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009, 95-126.
  • (with M. Thomson) “Sexing the Cherry: ”Fixing Masculinity” in N. Sullivan and S. Murray (eds) Queer(ing) Somatechnics: Critical Engagements with Bodily (Trans) Formations, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009, 107-127.
  • (with M. Thomson) "Reconsidering 'best interests': male circumcision and the rights of the child" in M. Milos (ed) Human Rights and Circumcision, New York: Springer, 2009, 15-31.


  •  “The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008: Tinkering at the Margins” (2009) 17 Feminist Legal Studies 333-344.
  • (with M. Thomson) “Foreskin is a Feminist Issue” (2009) 24 Australian Feminist Studies 195-210.
  • (with S. Franklin, M. Jacob, T. Murphy and P. Prainsak “Embryonic Hopes: Controversy, alliance, and reproductive entities in law and the social sciences” (2010) 19 (4) Social and Legal Studies 497-517. 
  • “Taking Dogs Seriously” (2010) 6 Law, Culture and the Humanities 37-65.
  • ““The new politics of male circumcision: HIV/AIDS, health law and social justice”  (2012) 32 Legal Studies 27 255-81 (with M. Thomson)
  • (forthcoming with M. Thomson) ‘Realising Social Justice in Public Health Law’ (2013) 21 Medical Law Review (c. 11,000 words)

Dr Rosie Harding

  • ‘Legal Constructions of Dementia: Discourses of autonomy at the margins of capacity’ (2012) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 34(4): 425-442.
  • (with Peel)“He was like a zombie”: Off-label Prescription of Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia” (2012)  Medical Law Review doi:10.1093/medlaw/fws029.

Professor Jean V. McHale


  • (ed) Principles of Mental Health Law (2010) with Gostin, Bartlett, Fennell and McKay
  • (ed) Principles of Medical Law (3rd ed). Oxford University Press., with Grubb and Laing


  • “Fundamental Rights and Health Care”, in Mossialos,  E, .Hervey, T.K,  Permanand , G and  Baeten, R (eds) Health Systems Governance in  Europe CUP 2010, pages 282-315.
  • “ The Legal Regulation of Mental Health Services in England and Wales” L. Gostin,  P. Bartlett, P.  Fennell, J. McHale and R.McKay (eds) Principles of Mental Health Law and Policy OUP (2010). pages 205-233
  •   Scrutiny of Standards in Mental Health Care”,. Gostin, L ,  Bartlett, P.  Fennell, P. McHale  J.V. and McKay ,R (eds) Principles of Mental Health Law and Policy OUP (2010). pages 223-241;
  •  “Privacy and  Confidentiality in Mental Health,” in  Gostin, L,  Bartlett, P.  Fennell, P. McHale J.V and McKay, R (eds) Principles of Mental Health Law and Policy OUP (2010). pages 821-841”,
  • “ Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Research” in Gostin, L. Bartlett, P.  Fennell, P, . McHale J .Vand McKay R (eds) Principles of Mental Health Law and Policy OUP (2010). (pages 871-891
  • Regulating Patient Safety in the EU: Realistic Aspiration or Unattainable Goal” In Tingle, J and .Bark, P Patient Safety Law Policy and Practice   Routledge ,(2011) pages 150-165.
  • “Health Care, The UK and the Draft Patient’s Rights Directive: One Small Step for Patient Mobility but a Huge Leap for a Reformed NHS?” in  Van de Gronden, J (et al) (eds) Health Care and EU Law (2011)Asser/Springer  pages 241-265.
  • Forthcoming (2013) “Compulsion, surveillance, testing and treatment: a truly"criminal"matter? IN  A. Viens, J.Coggon and A. Kessel  Criminal Law, Philosophy and Public Health Practice" CUP.


  • 'Health Care Choices, Faith and Belief in the Light of the Human Rights Act 1998: New Hope or Missed Opportunity'  (2008) 9(4)Medical law international, 331-355.
  •  'Nanomedicine and the EU: Some Legal Ethical and Regulatory Challenges'  (2008) 16(1)Maastricht  Journal of European and comparative law 65-89.
  • 'Research and mental capacity: Where now after the Mental Capacity Act 2005?' (2009) 5Research Ethics Review, 65-70.
  • 'Law, Regulation and Public Health Research: A Case for Fundamental Reform?'  (2010) 63Current Legal Problems, 475-510.
  • (with June Jones) 'Privacy, confidentiality and abortion statistics: a question of public interest?'  (2011) Journal of Medical Ethics.
  • 'Accountability, Governance and Biobanks: The Ethics and Governance Committee as Guardian or Toothless Tiger' (2011) 19(3) Health Care Analysis 231-246.
  • 'Mental Health and the EU: The Next New Regulatory Frontier?' (2011) 19 Medical Law Review, 606-635.
  • “Organ Transplantation: Criminal Law and the Health Tourist: a case for extra-territorial jurisdiction?” (2013) 22 Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 64-76



  • Forthcoming (2013) ”Faith, Belief, Fundamental Rights and Delivering Health Care in a Modern NHS : an Unrealistic Aspiration”, Health Care Analysis
  • Forthcoming (2013) "Reforming the Regulation of Health Research in England and Wales: New Challenges: New Pitfalls" Journal of Medical Law and Ethics
  • Forthcoming (2014) Routledge Handbook on  Complementary and Alternative Medicine Perspectives from Social Sciences and Law( with Nicola Gale)

Dr Sheelagh McGuinness

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Commentaries; review articles; book reviews; non-peer reviewed & shorter papers

Chapters in edited volumes

  • ‘The Construction of the Embryo and Implications for Law’ in Muireann Quigley, Sarah Chan, and John Harris (Eds.) Stem Cells: New frontiers in science and ethics (World Scientific Publishing, Forthcoming)
  • An Ethical Framework for Emotion-Related Computing’ in Petta, Paolo; Pelachaud, Catherine; Cowie, Roddy (Eds.) Emotion Oriented Systems: The Humaine Handbook (Springer, 2011)
  • Phil Dyer and Sheelagh McGuinness, ‘The Organ Allocation Algorithm’ in Farrell, A.M., Price, D., and Quigley, M. (Eds.) Organ Shortage: Ethics Law and Pragmatism. (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Dr Claire McIvor

Chapters in books:

  • 'The doubles the risk test for causation and other related judicial myths about epidemiology', in E Chamberlain, J Neyers and S Pital (eds) Tort Law: Challenging Orthodoxy (Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2013).
  • 'The use of epidemiological evidence in UK tort law' in S Loue (ed) Forensic Epidemiology in the Global Context (Springer, forthcoming 2013).
  • 'Bursting the Autonomy Bubble: A Defence of the Court of Appeal Decision in R (On the application of Oliver Leslie Burke) v GMC', in R Deazley and S Smith (eds) The Legal, Medical and Cultural Regulation of the Body: Transformation and Transgression  (Ashgate, 2009).

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

  • 'Debunking some judicial myths about epidemiology and its relevance to UK tort law' (forthcoming in the Medical Law Review). 
  • 'The Impact of the Jackson Reforms on Access to Justice in Personal Injury Litigation' (2011) 30 Civil Justice Quarterly 411-428
  • ‘Liability for psychiatric harm’ (2007) 23 Professional Negligence  249-256
  • ‘The negligence liability of child welfare professionals and policy-based immunities: A critique of recent English developments’ (2006) 14 Torts Law Journal 205-218
  • ‘The positive medical duty to provide life-prolonging treatment’ (2006) 22 Professional Negligence 59-64

Dr Leon McRae

  • Forthcoming “Rehabilitating Anti–Social Personalities: Treatment through Self–Governance Strategies.” (2013) Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology(c. 10,000 words)
  • Forthcoming “Admitting offenders with anti-social personality disorder to a medium secure unit: A qualitative examination of multidisciplinary team decision-making.” (2013) Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology (c. 7,500 words)

Dr Stephen W. Smith


Chapters in Books

  • Stephen W. Smith, Dignity as a socially constructed value in The Criminal Law and Bioethical Conflict: Walking the Tightrope (Amel Alghrani, Suzanne Ost and Rebecca Bennett, eds.) (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming).
  • The Value of Life: George Bailey and the life not worthy of being lived in Orientations on the Right to Life: Law, Politics and Ethics (John Yorke ed.) (2009) (Ashgate Publishing).
  • Precautionary Reasoning in Determining Moral Worthin Law and Bioethics, Current Legal Issues, Volume 11 (Michael Freeman ed.) (2008) (Oxford University Press).
  • Dignity: The Difference between Abortion and Neonaticide for the Severely Disabled, in The Criminal Justice System and Health Care (Charles Erin & Suzanne Ost eds.) (2007) (Oxford University Press).

Peer-reviewed Articles

  • H. Draper, J. Ives, H. Pall, S. Smith, S. Damery, and S. Wilson, Reporting end-of-life practice: can we trust doctors to be honest?, 23 Palliative Medicine 673 (2009).
  • Empirical research in the debate on physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia, 2 Clinical Ethics 129 (2007).
  • Some Realism about End of Life: the Current Prohibition and the Euthanasia Underground 33 The American Journal of Law and Medicine 55 (2007).
  • Fallacies of the Logical Slippery Slope in the Debate on Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, 13 Medical Law Review 224 (2005).
  • Evidence for the Practical Slippery Slope in the Debate on Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, 13 Medical Law Review 17 (2005).
  • The Killing of Severely Disabled Newborns: the Spectre Behind the Legalisation of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia? 24 Medicine and Law 791 (2005).

Other articles

  • Assisted Suicide and the Law: what Every Nurse Should Know, 19 British Journal of Nursing 858 (2010).
  • New Guidelines on Assisted Suicide: Will Nurses be Prosecuted?, 18 British Journal of Nursing 1396 (2009).