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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

Studying at Cambridge

 

Members

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Dr David Erdos

David’s current research explores the nature of Data Protection especially as it intersects with the right to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of information and freedom of research. His expertise covers issues such as the regulation of health data, "big data" applications in the health sector, e-health, and the use of personal data for medical research.

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Dr Cristina Crespo (Research Scholar)

Cristina’s research interests include the patentability of information-age and biotech inventions, and specifically analysing the impact of recent US Supreme Court decisions affecting these inventions on patent prosecution strategy and innovation. Cristina’s research at the LML concerns the design and implementation of empirical legal studies involving biotech and gene-related patent protection as part of the research project Realising Genomic Medicine: Intellectual Property Issues.

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Dr Claire Fenton-Glynn

Claire specialises in human rights and family law, and in particular, the rights of children in international, regional and domestic law. Her research in the field of medical law focuses on assisted reproduction and surrogacy from a comparative perspective, looking at medical and circumvention tourism, and private international law rules concerning the recognition of parenthood.

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Matt Jordan (Research Assistant)

Matt is currently working as a Research Assistant at the LML, working on the research project Realising Genomic Medicine: Intellectual Property Issues. This project involves the design and implementation of empirical legal studies involving biotech and gene-related patent protection.

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Dr Kathleen Liddell (Director of LML)

Kathy specialises in medical law, emerging technologies and intellectual property. Her research focuses on a variety of issues such as patent protection in the field of pharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics, and the regulation of medical research and complex technologies such as genetic testing and stem cell products.

Dr John Liddicoat (Research Scholar)

John’s research interests broadly lie in the development and use of new technologies. His research centres around patent protection and uses of patented inventions, with a particular focus on inventions relevant to life sciences and human health. He uses a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methods to answer questions in these areas.

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Ms Stevie Martin (PhD Candidate)

Stevie is currently conducting an examination of the empirical validity of the justifications for the ongoing blanket ban on assisted dying in the United Kingdom and a consideration of whether or not the ban violates articles 2, 3 and/or 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Stevie has previously provided research and administrative assistance to the LML. 

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Colm McGrath (Research Scholar)

Colm's primary areas of interest include civil liability for, and regulation of, medical wrongs in the UK, Europe and further afield. His work examines these issues in a comparative context and is particularly focused on how the historical development of medical law and liability in Europe has influenced their current state.

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Dr Okeoghene Odudu

Oke’s work in the field of medical law focuses on the relationship between the market and the NHS; for example ideas of “competitive neutrality” and the applicability of competition law to NHS service providers. 

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Dr Stephanie Palmer

Stephanie specializes in human rights, public law, and issues of medical law at the beginning and end of life.  She is also interested in public health regulation, including the regulation of lifestyle risks, such as obesity-inducing foods, alcohol and plain packaging of tobacco products.

 

Dr Julia Powles (Research Scholar)

Julia’s research focuses on the law and politics of technology, including data protection, privacy and intellectual property. Her current projects focus on data sharing, artificial intelligence and healthcare, privacy and security in connected environments, ethics in big data research, automated decision-making, and patenting in the life sciences. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences and an Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

 

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Dr Jens Scherpe

Jens specialises in comparative law and particularly comparative family law. His research spans a wide variety of topics, including assisted reproduction and surrogacy, parental responsibility and the legal status of transsexual and transgender persons.

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Dr Jeffrey Skopek (Deputy Director of LML)

Jeff’s research interests centre on advances in the biosciences that destabilize categories and concepts that play a foundational role in our law and ethics. He is currently working on projects that explore challenges posed by developments in personalized medicine, biobanking, and big data.

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Emeritus Professor John Spencer

John's research interests include criminal law and tort, and the aspects of medical law that relate to these. Topics of particular interest to him include the criminal and tortious liability of medical professionals, and criminal liability for the transmission of disease.  

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Dr Rumiana Yotova

Rumiana specialises in public international law and EU law, including international dispute settlement and investment law. She is particularly interested in the interaction of international law and other legal regimes such as EU law. In the field of medical law, Rumiana's interests include the extent of State powers to regulate for the protection of public health where this affects economic interests, for example in the case of plain tobacco packaging. She is also interested in the international regulation of the human genome and gene editing.