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Dr Mahoney: Modern Law Review article

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Dr Joan Mahoney, Teaching Fellow and member of HEAL within Southampton Law School, has co-authored a paper on Civil Liberties and the Korean War in the prestigious Modern Law Review.

This article addresses the unsuccessful attempts to suppress free speech during the Korean War, and in particular explains the attempts to silence three reporters of alleged atrocities by United Nations forces. In the absence of carefully targeted legislation, the three individuals – Alan Winnington (a journalist), Monica Felton (a women’s movement activist) and Jack Gaster (a solicitor) ‐ were threatened with or investigated for prosecution for treason or sedition, and Winnington was unable to renew his passport until 1968. Drawing heavily on archival sources (including MI5 files, which unusually fail to redact the identity of one of the lawyers who was reporting to Special Branch about Gaster’s activities), the article explores the threat to civil liberties from the administrative as well as the legislative and the judicial power of the state. The article concludes by drawing contemporary parallels, and highlighting the continuing relevance of the writings of Winnington, Felton and Gaster.

Please hyperlink Dr Joan Mahoney [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/law/about/staff/jem1c15.page], HEAL [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/heal/index.page], Southampton Law School [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/law/index.page], and Modern Law Review [https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-2230.12339]

Dr Nwabueze: Tampa Bay Time interview

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm

Dr Remigius Nwabueze, Associate Professor of Law and member of HEAL within Southampton Law School, was recently interviewed in a story by the Tampa Bay Times about a controversial case where the police used a dead man’s finger in an attempt to access his phone. In speaking about the incidence, Dr Nwabueze commented that “The law has been most cruel, really unforgiving to a dead person. It provides no entitlement or legal rights after death to a deceased person.”

Please hyperlink Dr Remigius Nwabueze [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/law/about/staff/nwabuez1.page], HEAL [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/heal/index.page], Southampton Law School [https://www.southampton.ac.uk/law/index.page], and Tampa Bay Times [http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/Cops-used-dead-man-s-finger-in-attempt-to-access-his-phone-It-s-legal-but-is-it-okay-_167262017]

Strengthening the Capacity for Ethical Public Health

In Uncategorized on January 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Originally posted on Better Health For All, the blog for the Faculty of Public Health.

Public health is proudly an evidence-based field. But evidence without values cannot tell us what we should do.

We need public health ethics if we are to understand and explain, by reference to the classic definition of public health advanced by Winslow, what we, as a society, ought to do to assure the conditions in which people can enjoy good health and equitable prospects for health. Using the ‘organised efforts of society’ to protect and promote health and well-being is an ethical goal—indeed, as many of us would argue, it is an ethical imperative. And to be achieved, it requires law and policy. To evaluate when threats to health warrant a public health response, scientific analyses must be complemented by matters such as the balancing of values, an assessment of the relative merits of different possible interventions, an appreciation of the likely risks and impacts of intervening, and a sensitivity to political and cultural contexts and realities.

At a workshop convened in London, at the Royal College of Physicians on 18th January 2018, Public Health practitioners, trainees, leaders, researchers, and policy-makers convened with scholars in public health ethics to discuss how Public Health Ethics and Law (PHEL) might be established as a professional competency, and how we might ensure that it is robust and rigorous through education and training. This is part of a project I am involved in with A.M. Viens at the University of Southampton, and Farhang Tahzib, Chair of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH)’s ethics committee and a champion for bringing academic public health ethics into practice.

We argue that the Public Health workforce needs a clearly defined PHEL competency, secured within Public Health education and ongoing professional training. This builds on further work that we have done regarding PHEL expertise to support the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework. As contributions throughout the day affirmed, such a competency requires to be explained in a way that is academically robust: is it based on sound and coherent principles? It must be practically realisable: is it clear how to apply the PHEL competency in the vast, complex, and challenging range of practical situations covered by public health? And it must be treated properly as an essential part of public health capacity: how, for example, can we ensure it is taken seriously as part of CPD requirements? The feedback and engaged discussion from all participants were complemented and further stimulated by contributions from Bruce Jennings—described by Farhang as one of the fathers of Public Health Ethics—as well as an expert panel on which Bruce was joined by Angus Dawson, Vikki Entwistle, Kevin Fenton, and Fiona Sim.

Just as areas such as statistical analysis and detection of disease require skills and expertise, so do legal and ethical understanding and practice. As FPH President John Middleton suggested at the start of the day, we need to consider how questions of justice impact public health practice, and how our overall political agendas should be shaped if we are to achieve a sustainably fairer society. For good practice, and good frameworks for practice, PHEL experts need to work with the public health community to ensure that ethical challenges, big and small, can be addressed with proper knowledge, understanding, and skills in ethical, legal, and political reasoning.

We look forward to publishing a full report on our findings, detailing how the PHEL competency should be defined, and a range of model materials for PHEL education and training through the FPH’s website, as well as wider academic papers. It is an exciting time to be engaging with FPH and other partners to advance these agendas, strengthening capacity for ethics and law in public health.

John Coggon, Professor of Law and Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health, Centre for Health, Law, and Society, University of Bristol Law School

Uterus Transplants – A Reproductive Revolution or Cause for Concern?

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2017 at 9:47 am

Upcoming HEAL seminar. We look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning (University of Southampton)

Uterus Transplants – A Reproductive Revolution or Cause for Concern?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 1-2pm
Building 4, Room 1035, Highfield Campus

Uterus transplantation involves IVF, major surgery on at least two occasions, use of immunosuppressant drugs, and (possibly) high-risk pregnancies. It is recognised that at least four people will be affected by a uterus transplant the recipient, the donor, the recipient’s partner, and a future child, however, the focus of this paper is on the women involved – the recipient and the donor. This paper considers concerns with uterus transplant research including the criteria to participate in the clinical trials, the motivation of the recipients to participate in the research trials, the expected gestational experience of recipients, the welfare of recipients, maternal care, and the welfare of donors.

Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning is a Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics and Co-Director of the REPROLaw research group at the University of Southampton. Her research interests are in medical law and ethics, principally in start of life issues and stem cell research. She is researching the regulation, regulatory bodies and reform of these sensitive areas of law and ethics.

Possible Outcomes for Tainted Blood Scandal Victims

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2017 at 8:13 am

Dr Melinee Kazarian has written about the recent decision to hold a public inquiry into the 1980s contaminated blood scandal that affected thousands of victims, and the recent court ruling that victims may now sue the government for compensation for the harm caused. It provides an analysis on what possible outcomes there might be at the end of the inquiry and whether this will successfully help the victims’ search for the truth.


Uterus Transplants and Infertility Survey

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning is conducting an online survey to gather the views of British women (aged 18yrs and older) with absolute uterine factor infertility towards uterus (womb) transplants and alternative methods of motherhood. Any woman who is affected by uterine factor infertility, for example women with MRKH and Asherman’s syndrome, are asked to complete the survey.

The survey is open until Friday 8th September and can be found here: https://www.isurvey.soton.ac.uk/24011

The survey is anonymous but if you have any concerns please do contact Dr Hammond-Browning on N.Hammond-Browning@soton.ac.uk

HEAL member speaks at international conference on uterus transplantation

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2016 at 9:14 am


Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning was invited to speak at an international conference at the University of Lancaster (September 2016). The conference, ‘The Ethics of Uterus Transplantation’, was organised as part of a Wellcome grant awarded to Professor Rosamund Scott (KCL) and Professor Stephen Wilkinson (Lancaster). The conference brought together academics and clinicians from around the globe to debate the ethics and to discuss the medical progress being made in the field of uterus transplantation. Dr Hammond-Browning’s paper, ‘Undue concerns about uterus transplantation? Or, is ectogenesis the way forward?’ discussed concerns of uterus transplantation, and whether artificial wombs were the solution to those concerns.

Second Annual Jonathan Montgomery Lecture

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2016 at 8:31 am

We are pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Jonathan Montgomery Lecture will be held on 26th October 2016. This year’s lecture is entitled ‘Framing a New Interspecies Ethics:
The Role of Care Theory in the Laboratory’. This year’s lecture will be given by Prof. Marie Fox of the University of Liverpool. We hope to see you there.


Exploring Commonalities in Global Health Research Thursday, 16 June, Southampton

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2016 at 11:09 am

On Thursday 16 June, the Global Health Research Institute (GHRI) of the University of Southampton is organising an event on ‘Exploring Commonalities in Global Health Research’ at the Hilton Hotel (Southampton, SO16 3RB).

Further information, including the programme of the day, can be found here:


Following a first workshop held in February 2016, this event aims at bringing together global health researchers at the University of Southampton with external stakeholders to further collaboration. Four research themes will facilitate such discussions: 1) Nutrition and Development; 2) Infections; 3) Population; and 4) Right to Health/Governance/Ethics.

In the Right to Health/Governance/Ethics theme, coordinated by Dr Claire Lougarre from Southampton Law School, Professor Lisa Forman will present her views on ‘The Right to Health and Global Health Policy’, with Professor John Coggon from Southampton Law School acting as respondent.  Professor Forman holds a Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Global Health Equity at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Professor Lisa Forman (theme presenter) is a human rights lawyer and leading scholar on the right to health. She worked closely with various NGOs and UN institutions, including the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. For more details on Lisa’s background and research, please see: http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/faculty-profile/forman-lisa/

Professor John Coggon (theme respondent) is an expert on legal, moral and political theory applied to human health and welfare, and a leading legal scholar on the philosophy of public health. He is currently member of the British Medical Journal’s Ethics Committee, and of the University Hospital Southampton’s Clinical Ethics Committee. For more details on John’s background and research, please see: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/law/about/staff/jc4r11.page

Finally, Dr Claire Lougarre (theme coordinator) is a human rights lawyer specialised on the right to health. She is involved in various research networks, including the Academic Network on the European Social Charter (ANESC/RACSE), and the Economic and Social Rights Academic Network UK and Ireland (ESRAN-UKI). For more details on Claire’s background and research, please see: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/law/about/staff/cl5u13.page

Everyone is welcome to attend; the point of this workshop being to raise awareness of the GHRI’s existence and work, as well as to attract researchers to join. If you wish to attend, please register via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-commonalities-in-global-health-research-2-tickets-22167699185

Drinks and/or dinner will also be held after the event, at 6pm, near Highfield Campus. If you wish to attend, please email Dr Claire Lougarre by Monday 30 May (C.lougarre@soton.ac.uk).

In order to be notified of future events organised by the GHRI, please email Ms Frances Clarke (F.M.Clarke@soton.ac.uk) who will add you as a member.

Reproductive Futures: Reproductive Choices?

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm

4th and 5th July 2016 Southampton

This meeting is designed to bring together academics working on human reproduction from legal and ethical perspectives, in order to consider and reflect on the next era in this field. The key objective of the meeting is to facilitate the cross-fertilisation of ideas on issues that are currently on the reproductive radar, broadly conceived. These ideas will include both a re-engagement with established ‘traditional’ debates (in light of recent developments), and ‘new’ challenges posed by emergent technologies. Amongst others, topics include surrogacy, abortion, and assisted reproductive technologies.

Confirmed speakers include: Julie McCandless (LSE), Kirsty Horsey (University of Kent), and Rita D’Alton Harrison (Royal Holloway). Programme to follow soon:

HEAL website: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/heal/news/events/2016/07/04-reproductive-futures.page? HEAL blog: https://healuos.wordpress.com

Kindly supported by the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Centre for Health Ethics and Law at the University of Southampton.

This workshop will be held from lunchtime on Monday 4th of July to lunchtime on Tuesday 5th July 2016, at Jurys Inn in Southampton (Charlotte Place, SO14 0TB). There will also be a workshop dinner on Monday 4th July. Attendance is free (including lunch both days and the dinner), but numbers are limited. Recommendations for accommodation are available on request. Please register through the eventbrite website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reproductive-futures-reproductive-choices-tickets-25195019983

PGR bursaries: We have available a limited number of bursaries for travel and subsistence up to £100 for postgraduate research students. If you wish to be considered for one of the bursaries please send a summary of up to 350 words explaining how this workshop will benefit your postgraduate research, and how this funding will support your attendance. Please register through Eventbrite and send your summary by email to Dr Claire Lougarre by 5pm on Monday 6th June: C.Lougarre@soton.ac.uk

Organising Committee and contact details: Chairs: Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning (N.Hammond-Browning@soton.ac.uk) and Dr Claire Lougarre (C.Lougarre@soton.ac.uk), Lecturers in Law, Southampton Law School, supported by Dr Elselijn Kingma and Dr Fiona Woollard, Lecturers in Philosophy, Philosophy Department, University of Southampton

Programme: Jury’s Inn, Charlotte Place, Southampton SO14 0TB

Monday 4 July 2016

12:00 – 12:30pm Registration

12:30 – 13:30 Two course lunch in Jury’s Inn restaurant for all attendees

13:30: Introduction

13:45 – 15:30 Session 1 – New Technologies and Technique

Dr Amel Alghrani (Liverpool)

Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning (Southampton)

Dr Cesar Palacios-Gonzalez (KCL)

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:00 Session 4 – Reproductive Rights

Dr Claire Lougarre (Southampton)

Dr Elselijn Kingma (Southampton)

19:00 – Dinner for all attendees at The Blue Island, Above Bar Street, Southampton. Meet at 18:45 to depart on foot from the Jurys Inn


Tuesday 5 July 2016

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee

09:00 – 10:45 Session 3 – Surrogacy

Rita D’Alton Harrison (Royal Holloway)

Dr Kirsty Horsey (Kent)

Dr Julie McCandless (LSE)

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:15 Session 2 – Abortion

Dr Ruth Fletcher (Queen Mary)

Dr Sheelagh McGuinness (Bristol)

12:15 – 13:00 Session 4 – Reflective Session

Professor Marie Fox (Birmingham)

Thank you’s from Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning and Dr Claire Lougarre (Southampton)

13:00 – 14:00 Two course lunch in Jury’s Inn restaurant for all attendees and depart

Reproductive Futures Programme Final

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