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Centre of Medical Law and Ethics

There are many ethical, legal and policy issues related to human life and health. The law needs to develop alongside medical technology and systems. As the first research centre of its kind in the UK, we have been at the forefront of research into many key areas of medical law and ethics.

Mental health law and mental disability. Reproduction, abortion and new reproductive technologies. The intersection between criminal and medical law, including law at the end of life. These are just some of the research topics we have published extensively on.

Our interdisciplinary research impacts clinical practice, regulation and policy debate and development. Working closely with the Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine, as well as the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, is central to this.

World-class research is just one aspect of the Centre’s work. We also deliver first-class teaching at masters level.

We develop the next generation of practitioners on our MA programmes in Medical Law and Ethics or Medical Law, alongside our MSc in Mental Health, Ethics and Law. Our alumni have gone on to hold positions at the likes of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, British Medical Association and Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority.

Through our research and teaching, we’re leading the way on some of the most important ethical, legal and policy issues relating to human life and health. Our work helps bring important long-standing and emerging issues in the field of medical law and ethics to the fore.

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We offer opportunities for doctoral level study in Medical Law and Medical Ethics.

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The Centre is an international leader in the research and teaching of medical law and ethics.



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