Posts Tagged ‘Margot Brazier’

Honouring the Contributions of a Founder of Medical Law

In 2015, Conferences, Uncategorized on December 14, 2015 at 9:29 am

Prof. John Coggon

On Friday 4th December, Hazel Biggs, David Gurnham, and I attended a meeting arranged at the University of Manchester to honour the contribution that Margot Brazier has made to the field of Medical Law. It is hard to describe in full enough terms the impact that Margot has had on legal scholarship, understanding, and practice. And even if we limit ourselves to the major area of study that she has pioneered—medical law—it is hard to capture quite how much she has given.

Margot is the quintessential scholar. She excels in her research, as a teacher, and as a figure engaged in significant questions of public ethics and policy. Just consider the research interests of each of HEAL’s core members in the Law School—Hazel Biggs, John Coggon, David Gurnham, Caroline Jones, Natasha Hammond-Browning, Claire Lougarre, Remigius Nwabueze, and A.M. Viens. Not one of us works in a field to which Margot has not offered significant insights and understanding. To repeat a term already used, she is a true pioneer: as was recognised both on the day, and in a festschrift that has been published in her honour.

The conference was a fantastic tribute to Margot’s great work. Hazel was amongst those speaking, but all who attended were able to attest to how much we owe Margot. Lady Hale’s foreword to the festschrift, which was the basis of her speech at the conference, provides in duly flattering terms the essence of what it is that has led to Margot inspiring, encouraging, supporting, mentoring, and advising so many of us in the field. She is a fantastic scholar, whose work—and approach to life—is founded on an uncompromising and deep-seated humanity.

As a whole research centre, we at HEAL are delighted to report our participation in this landmark event, and to thank Margot more than wholeheartedly for having helped define this field of study: I am sure it is fair to say that at least I, if not others in the Centre, would not be here without Margot.

Across the Spectrum of Medical Law

In 2012 on March 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

Marking both the twentieth anniversary of the Medical Law Review, and the retirement (as Editor in Chief) of Professor Margaret Brazier, the latest issue of this journal explores some of her published work and its wider impact. The Foreword provided by Prof. Larry Gostein, begins:

“When I was young and Legal Director of MIND (now far too long ago), I travelled to the University of Manchester to meet two of the most remarkable people I have ever met. The first was a young scholar named Brenda Hoggett, who was working in my field of mental health law. Now Baroness Hale of Richmond, she is a leading intellectual force on the Supreme Court of the UK.

The other scholar was Margaret Brazier, who went on to found the modern field of medical law. During her career at the University of Manchester from 1971 until this day, Professor Brazier defined and clarified the hardest issues in medical law, established leading academic centres, and chaired major national policy committees. In the process, she has been awarded the most prestigious honours both within her field and from the country. She made a remarkable and enduring contribution to the academy through her leadership of the Medical Law Review. This issue is dedicated to Margaret Brazier to mark her retirement as Editor in Chief.

A journal issue in honour of Professor Margaret Brazier could just as easily have been devoted to her manifold contributions to the field of tort law. After all, her seminal works include both Street on Torts (Butterworths) and Clerk & Lindsell on Torts (Sweet & Maxwell)—just to give readers a flavour of the depth of Prof. Brazier’s impact on the legal academy. But for me, it was her leadership in the field of medical law that has been most remarkable. She was among a very small group of legal scholars in the world that demonstrated the remarkable interrelationships between law, ethics, and health. Medical law became a field in its own right that has deeply engaged researchers, students, and the public throughout the world.”

There is a strong Southampton/HEAL connection to Medical Law Review, as Prof. Hazel Biggs is now the joint Editor-in-Chief (together with Suzanne Ost, Lancaster University), and Prof. Jonathan Montgomery sits on the Editorial Board. Further, in this dedicated edition, both Jonathan Montgomery and John Coggon contribute papers marking Margot’s outstanding contribution to the field of Medical Law.