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Mr. Jordan Buck

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Member of the Durham Law School  
Deputy Convenor in the Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)  


Jordan is a first-year PhD student at Durham Law School, having pursued both a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and a Master of Jurisprudence (MJur) degree in the Law School. He is also a part-time tutor for the Law School, teaching Law and Medicine and Tort Law on the LLB programme.

Jordan is one of the two co-convenors for the Durham Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS). Previously, he worked as a research and teaching assistant on the Frontiers in Biolaw and Global Environmental Law modules on the LLM. He has also given guest lectures on the LLB Law and Medicine module.

He speaks English (natively), German, and French and has tutored in all three. In his spare time, he is working on teaching himself Russian.

Current Research

Supervised by Dr Sam Halliday and Prof Emma Cave, his PhD research explores the value of human dignity in end-of-life decision-making. This is approached comparatively, examining the best interests frameworks in England and Wales alongside the presumed will (mutmaßlicher Wille) approach in Germany. The project proposes that the patient-centric values of the decision-making process in England and Wales have been poorly understood and inconsistently applied. Greater engagement with the principle of human dignity in English law, informed by the application of the principle in German law, will provide clarity on what the patient-centric approach requires and how patients can be treated as individuals rather than objects of medical interest.

Research groups

  • Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences


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).