Professor Roger Brownsword
Roger Brownsword is a graduate of the London School of Economics. His first academic appointment, in 1968, was at the University of Sheffield with which university he retains a link as an Honorary Professor in Law. Since moving to King’s in 2003, Professor Brownsword has led the development of TELOS, an inter-disciplinary research centre focussing on law, ethics, and technology.
Professor Brownsword is well-known as an advocate of a liberal legal education and this is reflected in his work as general editor of the Understanding Law series of texts as well as in his own contributions to the series - he and John Adams co-author both Understanding Law and Understanding Contract Law.
In recent years, Professor Brownsword has acted as a specialist adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Stems Cells and the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee; he was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics from 2004-2010; he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow in 2003-2004; he has served as co-editor of the Articles section of the Modern Law Review and he is now a member of the Editorial Board; he was a member of the Law panel for the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008; he is the founding co-editor of a new journal; Law, Innovation and Technology
, which launched in 2009; and he currently chairs the Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank.
As a researcher, writing about contracts and the common law, legal theory, bioethics, and the regulation of technology, Professor Brownsword’s work is known around the world. Although most of his work has been published in the United Kingdom, he has also published papers in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United States.
For more than twenty years, Professor Brownsword’s has collaborated with Professor Deryck Beyleveld in developing a distinctive morally-driven approach to law. The foundations of this approach are set out in Law as a Moral Judgment (1986) and it is taken forward in Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw (2001) and Consent in the Law (2007).
In the area of Contracts, Professor Brownsword has published a new edition of his overview of contracts, Contract Law: Themes for the Twenty-First Century (2006, OUP) and he is working on a Chitty supplementary volume on exclusion clauses.
In the area of regulation and technology, he published the following two books in 2008; Rights, Regulation and the Technological Revolution and Regulating Technologies (the latter co-edited with Professor Karen Yeung).
Roger Brownsword, co-edited with Karen Yeung: Regulating Technologies, Hart, 2008
Roger Brownsword: Rights, Regulation, and the Technological Revolution, Oxford University Press, 2008
Deryck Beyleveld and Roger Brownsword: Consent in the Law, Oxford, Hart, 2007
Roger Brownsword: Contract Law: Themes for the Twenty-First Century (2nd ed) (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006)
“Code, Control, and Choice: Why East is East and West is West” (2005) 21 Legal Studies 1-21
“Stem Cells and Cloning: Where the Regulatory Consensus Fails” (2005) 39 New England Law Review 535-571
“What the World Needs Now: Techno-Regulation, Human Rights and Human Dignity” in Roger Brownsword (ed) Human Rights ( Oxford: Hart, 2004) 203-234
“Bioethics Today, Bioethics Tomorrow: Stem Cell Research and the ‘Dignitarian Alliance’” (2003) 17 University of Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy 15-51
“An Interest in Human Dignity as the Basis for Genomic Torts” (2003) 42 Washburn Law Journal 413-487
PhD students & topics
Hailemichael T Demissie, PhD: 'Taming matter for the welfare of Humanity: Towards a Beneficient Regulatory Regime of Nanotechnology'.
Law & the Technologies of the Twenty-First Century