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Isra Black



Isra is a PhD student at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics and School of Law, King’s College London. Isra is a graduate of the MA Medical Ethics and Law, King's College London. At undergraduate, Isra read English and French Law at King's College London and Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Isra is a member of an ESRC funded interdisciplinary research group on advance decision making in healthcare, and an MRC Centre for Transplantation interdisciplinary research group. Isra also reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Medical Ethics. In 2013, Isra convened the Postgraduate Bioethics Conference 2013, with Lisa Forsberg and James Wilson.


Isra’s PhD project is entitled ‘Better off dead? Best interests assisted dying’. It develops and defends a new model for legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia in England and Wales founded on general Medical Law principles. The project is supervised by Professor Penney Lewis and Dr John Stanton-Ife and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Isra’s other research centres on end of life decision-making and organ transplantation. He is also developing interests in moral philosophy and axiology.

Isra is also affiliated to the research group at the Motivational Interviewing Coding Laboratory, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Publications & Presentations

Peer-reviewed publications

Penney Lewis and Isra Black, ‘Adherence to the Request Criterion in Jurisdictions where Assisted Dying is Lawful? A Review of the Criteria and Evidence in the Netherlands, Belgium, Oregon and Switzerland’ (Forthcoming) Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Penney Lewis and Isra Black, ‘Reporting and scrutiny of reported cases in four jurisdictions where assisted dying is lawful: a review of the evidence in the Netherlands, Belgium, Oregon and Switzerland’ (Forthcoming) Medical Law International


Isra Black, ‘Suicide assistance for mentally disordered individuals in Switzerland and the State's positive obligation to facilitate dignified suicide’, Med Law Rev (Winter 2012) 20(1): 157-166; doi:10.1093/medlaw/fwr033

Other publications

Penney Lewis and Isra Black, ‘The effectiveness of legal safeguards in jurisdictions that allow assisted dying’, (2012)

Conference presentations

Isra Black and Lisa Forsberg, ‘Increasing Family Consent to Deceased Solid Organ Donation using Motivational Interviewing’, (2012) Third International Conference on Motivational Interviewing

Lisa Forsberg and Isra Black, ‘Workshop: The Ethics of Motivational Interviewing II’, (2012) Third International Conference on Motivational Interviewing

Isra Black and Lisa Forsberg, ‘Workshop: Motivational Interviewing and Medical Ethics’, (2010) Second International Conference on Motivational Interviewing

Other presentations

Isra Black, ‘The Legal Regulation of Assisted Dying in England and Wales and Europe’, (2013) Royal College of Anaesthetists (Solicited)

Isra Black, ‘Legal Aspects of Suicide in Palliative Care’, (2012) St Christopher’s Hospice (Solicited)

Isra Black, ‘Criminal Law Prohibitions on Assisted Dying’, King’s College London Think Tank Society (Solicited)

Teaching & Employment Interests

Isra teaches seminars and supervises dissertations on the LLB Medical Law, and assesses on the MA Medical Ethics and Law. He would also enjoy teaching Criminal Law, and Public Law. Isra may be contacted at the email address above.

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