Dr Cos interviews Dr Amel Algharani

Dr Cos and Guest speaker Amel Algharani as they discussed on this informative podcast Medical ethics, manslaughter and regulating reproductive technologies.

There are some revealing facts not to be missed. Listen to the full episode here: https://soundcloud.com/user-480873583/ep2-amel-alghrani-medical-ethics-and-regulating-reproductive-technologies-new-horizons-final-mix

Dr Amel Alghrani is a Reader in Law and is also Associate Dean (Education) for the School of Law and Social Justice (SLSJ), University of Liverpool. Following her undergraduate LLB Law degree, she obtained a Masters and PhD in medical law and qualified as a Barrister in 2003. She is the founding director of the Health Law and Regulation Unit and specialises in medical law and ethics.

A major strand of her research and teaching focuses on the regulation of both current and emerging assisted reproductive technologies. She is  interested in how the law has sought to regulate technologies and grapple with reproductive innovations when it comes to family formation, enabling and constraining their use according to social and legal definitions of parenthood, kinship, personhood and the proper boundaries of human bodies. She has published extensively on the legal, ethical and regulatory issues raised by new and emerging reproductive technologies (such as womb transplantation and artificial wombs) and the impact these will have on reproductive rights of individuals and the welfare of children born through the use of such technologies. (See her recent book titled ‘Assisted Reproductive Technologies: New Horizons: Regulating the Future of Human Reproduction (Cambridge University Press, 2018)


Amel also has particular expertise in the use of the criminal to regulate healthcare ethics and practice, in particular the law surrounding gross negligence manslaughter, willful neglect and corporate manslaughter. As deference towards the medical profession continues to decline and prosecutions for medical manslaughter appear to rise/be more visible, she is keen to continue to research whether the use of the criminal law to regulate fatal inadvertent error serves any positive purpose, either by promoting patient safety or preventing the occurrence of such errors.

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