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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

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.

 Dr Matthew Dyson: Matt specialises in tort and criminal law, and the relationship between the two. In the field of medical law, he is interested in, amongst other things, different legal modes of regulation, substantive liability rules and the laws governing informed consent, for example the extent of disclosure required before organ transplantation.

 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.

 Colm McGrath: 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.  

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.