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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

Baron Cornelius Ver Heyden de Lancey (1889-1984) was a wealthy and public-spirited Dutchman who at different times in his life was a dentist, doctor, surgeon, barrister and art historian. In 1970 he created the De Lancey and De La Hanty Foundation, to promote studies in medico-legal topics. The Foundation generously gave Cambridge the Ver Heyden de Lancey Fund  in order to fund public events on medico-legal issues of current interest.



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  • Sir Peter Lachmann FRS FMedSci, - 'The Penumbra of Thalidomide: The Litigation Culture and the Licensing of Pharmaceuticals' (18 November 2011).

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  • Professor Jeremy Horder, The Law Commission - 'Science, Pseudo-science, and Statistics in the Criminal Courts' (4 May 2010).

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  • Dr Oliver Quick, University of Bristol - 'Medicine, Mistakes and Manslaughter: A Criminal Combination' (27 April 2009).

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  • Professor Martin Johnson, University of Cambridge - 'Escaping the Tyranny of the Embryo? A Fresh Look at the Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies' (12 March 2007).
  • Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Butler Sloss, President, Family Division, Royal Courts of Justice - 'Medical Issues and the Law' (1 March 2004).
  • Professor Margaret Brazier OBE, University of Manchester - 'Do No Harm - the Patient's Tale' (15 November 2002).
  • Professor William Binchy, Trinity College, Dublin - 'Life, Death and the Irish Constitution' (11 May 2001).
  • Professor Sir John Grimley Evans, University of Oxford - 'Health Care in Later Life: Rational or Rationed?' (26 November 1999).
  • Rev Professor Michael Banner, King’s College London - 'Abortion and the Civil Society' (13 May 1998).
  • Professor John Finnis, University of Notre Dame - 'End of Life Decisions: Purposes, Consequences, and Ethics' (Jan 1997).
  • Lord Walton of Detchant (1996).


'Freedom and Responsiblity in Reproductive Choice' (2-3 July 2004). 

  • Professor Martin Johnson, University of Cambridge – ‘The possibilities of medically assisted reproduction and the medical profession’s perspective on the parameters of a desirable regulatory framework’
  • Dr Celia Roberts, University of Lancaster – ‘Why have children? How medically assisted reproduction techniques may affect social understandings of the value of parenthood and individual motivations to procreate’
  • Professor Thomas Baldwin, University of York – ‘Choosing the “who”: What is wrong with making a ‘perfect’ child?’
  • Professor John Harris, University of Manchester – ‘Reproductive choices and reproductive rights: The parameters of the debate’
  • Dr Sally Sheldon, University of Keele – ‘Reproductive autonomy and “gender justice”: The parameters of the debate’
  • Baroness Mary Warnock, ‘Reproductive autonomy: A philosophical investigation into the limits of rights-based discourse’
  • Dr Andrew Bainham, University of Cambridge - ‘The rights and obligations associated with genetic parentage: Law and law reform’
  • Professor Judith Masson, University of Warwick – ‘Parenting by doing v. parenting by being: Recognition and respect for unrelated carers
  • Dr Alison Shaw, Brunel University London – ‘My family, my ancestors, “my kind”: To what extent is the genetic link important for our constructions of who we are and where we belong?
  • Professor Martin Richards, University of Cambridge – ‘The genetic link: Why we ought, or ought not to, value it’
  • Professor Bonnie Steinbock, University of Albany – ‘Defining parenthood: The importance of genetic connection’