Dr Sheelagh McGuinness

 

Birmingham Fellow

Birmingham Law School

Photo of Dr Sheelagh McGuinness, courtesy of Wellcome Images

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 5126

Fax +44 (0) 121 414 3585

Email s.mcguinness@bham.ac.uk

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Dr Sheelagh McGuinness is a Birmingham Fellow based in the Centre for Health Law, Science & Policy, at Birmingham Law School. Her research interests span law and bioethics (particularly reproduction, medical migration, and disability) focusing on the interplay between law, ethics, and policy.

[Image of Dr Sheelagh McGuinness courtesy of Wellcome Images]

Qualifications

  • BA Philosophy & Legal Science (Galway)
  • LLB (Galway)
  • MA in Health Care Ethics & Law (Manchester)
  • PhD (Manchester)

Biography

Before joining Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow Sheelagh was a lecturer in the Centre for Professional Ethics and the School of Law at Keele University.

Teaching

LLM:

Health and Human Rights

Gender and Crime

Socio-Legal Theory

 

Undergraduate:

Introduction to the Study of Law

Postgraduate supervision

Sheelagh currently supervises three doctoral students. She is be happy to supervise postgraduate research in any of her areas of interest -

The legal and ethical issues raised by:

  • reproduction and law;
  • abortion;
  • assisted reproductive technologies;
  • biotechnologies more generally;
  • embryos;
  • organ donation

Research

Sheelagh’s research interests are in health law, ethics and policy. She is currently working on two main research projects:

  • Reproductive Justice
  • Medical Migration and Health Crimes

Other activities

Professional service

Member of the:

  • Editorial Board of Feminist Legal Studies
  • Independent Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank
  • Medical Ethics Committee of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Working group convened by the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group exploring the subject ‘organ tourism
  • Ethics Advisory Board of SysMedBio (FP7/2007-2013) No 305564
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Ethics Review Committee, University of Birmingham

Grant income

  • (with Fran Amery) 2013: Awarded £5260 from the Wellcome Trust to support a workshop entitled ‘Beyond the Rights and Wrongs of Abortion: Access as a Question of Reproductive Justice’ (Wellcome Award WT101710AIA)
  • Primary Investigator (with Dr. Tom Walker as co-investigator) 2010: Awarded: £18,671 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to support a scoping study entitled ‘CHORDS - Community: Healthcare Organisation and Regulation in a Diverse Society’.
  • (with Dr. Tom Walker & Professor Stephen Wilkinson) 2010: Awarded £5000 from the Wellcome Trust to support a workshop entitled ‘Consent and Organ Donation’ (Wellcome Award WT095020MA).
  • (with Professor Michael Thomson) 2009: Awarded £1951 from the Wellcome Trust to support a workshop entitled ‘Conscientious Objection in Public Life’ (Wellcome Award WT090760MF).

Publications

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, 2012)
  • 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)

Journal editing

  • Special section of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethic on ‘Consent and Organ Donation’. [Volume 22, Number 1 / January 2013]
  • Co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Identity in the Information Society (IDIS) on ‘Genetics, Information, and Identity’. [Volume 3, Number 3 / December 2010]

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