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Ethical Judgments: Re-Writing Medical Law

Edited by: Stephen Smith, John Coggan, Clark Hobson, Richard Huxtable, et al

ISBN13: 9781849465793
Published: January 2017
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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This edited collection is designed to explore the ethical nature of judicial decision-making, particularly relating to decisions in the health/medical sphere, where judges are often called upon to make decisions in cases containing an explicit ethical component.

However, judges do not receive any specific training in ethical decision-making, and often disown any place for ethics in their decision-making. Consequently, decisions made by judges do not present consistent or robust ethical theory, even when cases appear to rely on moral claims.

The project explores this dichotomy by imagining a world in which decisions by judges have to be ethically as well as legally valid. Nine specific cases are reinterpreted in light of that requirement by leading academics in the fields of medical law and bioethics.

Two judgements will be written in each case, allowing for different views to be presented. Two commentaries - one ethical and one legal - then explore the ramifications of the ethical judgments and provide an opportunity to explore the two judgments from additional ethical and legal perspectives.

These four different approaches to each judgment allow for a rich and varied critique of the decisions and ethical theories and issues at play in each case.

Medical Law
Introduction-Medicine in the Courtroom: Judges, Ethics and the Law
Re A (Conjoined Twins: Surgical Separation) [2001] Fam 147
R (on the Application of Axon) v Secretary of State for Health [2006] EWHC 37 (Admin) Airedale NHS Trust v Bland [1993] AC 789
R v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, ex parte Blood [1999] Fam 151
Bolitho v Hackney Health Authority [1998] AC 232
R v Bourne [1939] 1 KB 687 Chester v Afshar [2005] 1 AC 134
R (on the Application of Nicklinson and Another) v Ministry of Justice [2014] UKSC 38
St George's Healthcare NHS Trust v S [1999] Fam 26
Conclusion- Medical Law Rewritten