The Institute regularly holds public lectures or 'Juristenrunden' which act as a forum for both ETL staff as well as invited and visiting scholars to present on a wide range of topics. All are welcome to attend these lectures.
11 August 2015, 11:00 am, Colm McGrath, (incoming WYNG Research Fellow in Medical Law and Ethics at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge)
The Long Road to Patients' Rights in the UK
The English Common Law has long adopted an indulgent and protective view towards the liability of medical practitioners. In particular, the disclosure of risks was long regarded as a clinical matter and so practitioners were permitted a wide degree of discretion. In March 2015 the United Kingdom Supreme Court overturned 35 years of authority and declared a new basis for liability flowing from the failure to declare a known risk to a patient. This talk will critically examine that process and situate the new law within the existing structures of the common law.