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Mr Jordan Buck

Senior Tutor in Law

LLB (Hons) MJur (Dunelm)

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Senior Tutor in Law in the Durham Law School  
PhD candidate in Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)  


Jordan is a PhD student at Durham Law School, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the Northern Bridge Consortium. He joined the Law School in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Jurisprudence (MJur), both from Durham.

In the Law School, Jordan is the Senior Tutor and teaches on the LLB Law and Medicine module. He has also taught on the Tort Law module and undertaken work as a research and teaching assistant on the Frontiers in Biolaw and Global Environmental Law modules on the LLM. Jordan is one of four deputy convenors of CELLS and a PGR representative. He sits on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee and the Staff-Student Consultative Committee (SSCC). In 2022, Jordan provided research assistance to Professor Emma Cave for the seventh edition of Medicine, Patients, and the Law.

Jordan speaks English (natively), German, and French and uses these in his research. He has experience teaching in all three.

Office Hours

Jordan holds office hours from 11am - 12pm on term-time Mondays in PCL 181.

Current Research

Supervised by Dr Sam Halliday and Prof Emma Cave, Jordan's PhD research provides a comparative analysis of the patient-centric approach to end-of-life decision-making for patients lacking capacity, viewed through the lens of human dignity. It explores the extensive German dignity jurisprudence and compares it to the more nascent dignity jurisprudence in England and Wales, interrogating the role and impact of the protection of human dignity within the end-of-life context. Specifically, he considers how human dignity might provide the basis for consistent, patient-centric decision-making under s 4 Mental Capacity Act 2005 by setting the best interests approach into comparison with the German presumed will frameworks.

Research groups

  • Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
  • Durham Centre for Law and Philosophy


Conference Paper

  • Buck, JC (2021), Parents' wishes and interests in medical decision-making: comparative insights into Raqeeb, Annual PGR Conference. Durham Law School, Durham, England (online).
  • Buck, JC (2021), Vergangenheitsbewältigung and active euthanasia in Germany, IME Postgraduate Bioethics Conference. Liverpool, England (online).