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Professor Shaun Pattinson

Professor of Medical Law and Ethics

LLB, MA, PhD, DLitt


Affiliations
AffiliationRoom numberTelephone
Professor of Medical Law and Ethics of Durham Law SchoolPCL222+44 (0) 191 33 46863
Member of Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)  
Member of the Human Rights Centre 
Fellow of Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  

Biography

Shaun Pattinson joined the Law School in 2006 and has been Professor of Medical Law and Ethics since 2013. He founded Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences) in 2011. Shaun is a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow from October 2020 and bought out of teaching for 2 years.

Shaun has a law degree from the University of Hull, a Master's degree (in Biotechnological Law and Ethics) and PhD from the University of Sheffield, and a higher doctorate (Doctor of Letters: DLitt) from Durham University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB). He has been a visiting scholar at the universities of Helsinki and Maastricht.

Research

Shaun's principal publications are Influencing Traits Before Birth (2002; reissued 2017), Revisiting Landmark Cases in Medical Law (2018) and Medical Law and Ethics (6th edn, 2020). The second edition of Medical Law and Ethics was awarded the 2010 Minty Medico-Legal Society Prize for best medico-legal book. Shaun is currently writing a book supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship: Law at the Frontiers of Biomedicine.

Shaun's research has been supported by research grants from the AHRC, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, SLS and Wellcome Trust. He has given papers at many UK universities and in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the US. He edited Medical Law International from July 2005 to July 2011, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Medical Law International and The Biologist. He has advised the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CNTRP) and was principal investigator on a Wellcome Trust engagement project.

Shaun was Deputy Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which is the closest that the UK has to a national bioethics committee. He was a member for 6 years (until April 2021) and, for the final two years of his term, Deputy Chair of the Council and Chair of the Council's Horizon Scanning Advisory Group. He was one of the seven-member Working Group on Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), which launched its report on NIPT in the Speaker's House in the Palace of Westminster in March 2017, and contributed to the workshop/publication on research on human embryos: Human Embryo Culture (August 2017), 81–83.

Research students

I am available to supervise PhDs in any area of medical law and ethics to start in October 2022. Please read the information here for advice on Durham’s entry requirements and the content of a good PhD proposal. I am happy to provide advice on your draft proposal, but please ensure that it connects in some way to my expertise. I am not an empirical researcher.

Research students - current

Primary supervisions marked with (p)

Research students - successfully completed

Research interests

  • Medical Law
  • Moral Theory (especially medical ethics)
  • Human Rights

Research groups

  • Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
  • Human Rights Centre

Research Projects

  • Grants

Awarded Grants

  • 2020: Law at the Frontiers of Biomedicine(£90444.44 from Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2015: Incentivising Innovation and Higher Standards in Regulation and Liability Relating to Medicines (Society of Legal Scholars, £9,417) PI: Goldberg CI: Pattinson
  • 2014: 2014-2017 Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research Through the Medium of Law (Wellcome Trust, £29,961). PI: Pattinson CIs: Douglas & Kind.

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • English Law: Medical law
  • Ethics: Medical ethics

Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Pattinson, Shaun D. & Capps, Patrick (2017). Ethical Rationalism and the Law. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Journal Article

Manual

  • Pattinson, Shaun D., Kind, Vanessa, Douglas, Benedict & Howell, Mary (2017). Human Cloning Activity Pack.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D., Kind, Vanessa & Douglas, Benedict (2017). Ethics Activity Pack.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D., Kind, Vanessa, Douglas, Benedict & Howell, Mary (2017). Stem Cell Research Activity Pack.

Other (Print)

  • Pattinson, Shaun D. & Kind, Vanessa (2018). No Uncertain Terms. The Biologist 65(5) p6 65(5): 6-7.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D., Douglas, Benedict & Kind, Vanessa (2015). Using Law to Develop Post-16 Students’ Understanding of Stem Cell Research. Durham Law School Briefing Document
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2010). What's Interesting About Medical Law? Academic News (Autumn/Winter): 20-22.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2007). Stem Cells. The Ethical Issues. Durham First
  • Pattinson, Shaun D., & Harpwood, V. (2006). Change and Continuity. Medical Law International 7(3): 181-182.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. & Beyleveld, D. (2006). Amending the Clinical Trials Regulations 2004. Medical Law Monitor 13(5): 2-5.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2006). FIGO Committee for the Ethical Aspects of Human Reproduction and Women's Health: Editorial Introduction. Medical Law International 7(4): 361.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D (1998). Second Conference of the European Network for Biomedical Ethics: Genetics in Human Reproduction. Biomedical Ethics 3(2): 61-62.

Presentation

  • Pattinson, Shaun D (2021), Legal Academia, Live Webinar. University of Hull.
  • Shaun D. Pattinson (2021), Understanding Ethics: Bioethics and AI, Live Webinar. DeepMind.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D (2019), Bioethics by Committee, SLS Annual Conference 2019. Preston.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D (2019), Tony Bland as a 'Novel Being', Novel Beings in the Humanities. Newcastle University.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D., Benedict Douglas & Vanessa Kind (2017), Teaching Controversial Issues: A Law-in-Action Workshop on Stem Cell Research for Post-16 Students, [2 x 1 hour papers] ASE Annual Conference. University of Reading.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D (2017), Canada’s Role in Advancing Transplantation and Donation: Ethics and Policy, CNTRP Annual Scientific Conference. Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2017), Revisiting Landmark Cases in Medical Law: R v Adams, [Keynote Paper] SLS Annual Conference 2017. Dublin, Ireland.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2016), Using a Moot to Develop Students' Understanding of Human Cloning and Statutory Interpretation, SLS Annual Conference 2016. University of Oxford.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2016), Some Comments on Developmental Thresholds and their Moral and Policy Significance, Workshop: Statutory Time Limit for Maintaining Human Embryos in Culture. NCOB, London.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2016), Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ work on NIPT so far, Non-invasive Prenatal Testing: The Challenges for Public Health, Law and Ethics. Bournemouth University.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D (2015), Advance Refusals and the Personal Identity Objection, Ethical Rationalism and the Law. Durham Castle.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. & Kind, Vanessa (2015), Developing Understanding of Stem Cell Research: Results of a Law-in-action Workshop with Post-16 Students, Invited paper. University of Sheffield.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D (2014), The Ethics of Stem Cell Research, Matariki Workshop on Research Ethics. University of Tübingen, Germany.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D (2013), The Human Rights Act and the Doctrine of Precedent, Staff seminar paper. Durham University.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D (2012), Acquiring and Allocating Human Gametes, Invited paper. Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2012), Emergency Research: Law & Policy in the UK, Health Research Authority workshop Emergency research: when consent might kill you. London.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D (2012), Bringing Stem Cell Research to Clinical Application, Regulating Research in the Life Sciences in a Globalised World: Case Studies. Durham University.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2012), Legally and Ethically Addressing the Shortage of Human Gametes, Invited paper. University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2011), Research Ethics in Biomedicine: Commercialisation and Commodification, Research ethics in the life sciences. University of Tübingen, Germany.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2011), Donor Autonomy and the Allocation of Donated Organs for Transplantation, Issues in Biosciences: Regulation and Social Impact. Durham University.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2010), Directed Donation and Ownership of Human Organs, Invited paper. University of Hull.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2010), Deceased Organ Donation: Conditional and Directed Donation, 18th World Congress on Medical Law. Zagreb, Croatia.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2009), Response to the Stem Cell Conundrum and Mapping Global Distributions of hES Cell Lines, Lay of the Land. Montreal, Canada.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2008), Consent: Informational Symmetry and Asymmetry, Invited paper. Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2007), Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Some Regulatory Tensions, Invited paper. PEALS, University of Newcastle.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2007), The Legal Aspects of Organ Tourism, from a European Perspective, 13th Congress of the European Society for Organ Transplantation. Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2007), Some Thoughts on Registration of Clinical Trials Involving Human Stem Cell Therapies, Invited paper. Montreal, Canada.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2006), Cloning and Judicial Reasoning, Durham.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2004), An Evaluation of the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, 15th World Congress on Medical Law. Syndey, Australia.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2004), Response to Dignity as Constraint, Invited paper. Montreal, Canada.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2004), Cloning and Human Dignity, Invited paper. University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2004), The Role of Dignity in the Cloning Debate, Invited paper, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Washington, United States.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2003), Human Cloning: The Legal Position, European Medical Students Association (EMSA). University of Sheffield.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2003), Paying Living Organ Providers, Invited paper. University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2003), Globalisation, Commerce and Human Organs, Global Governance and the Search for Global Justice. University of Sheffield.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2003), The Donor as Vendor, Lent Lecture Series. Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King's College, University of London.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2002), Reproductive Cloning: Can Cloning Harm the Clone?, 14th World Congress on Medical Law. Maastricht, the Netherlands.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2002), Undue Influence in the Context of Medical Treatment, Invited paper. University of Sheffield.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2001), Floodgates and Slippery Slopes in Legal Argumentation, Society for Public Teachers of Law (SPTL) Conference. Glasgow.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (2000), Regulating Germ-line Gene Therapy to Avoid Sliding Down the Slippery Slope, 13th World Congress on Medical Law. Helsinki, Finland.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (1999), Legal Regulation of Assisted Procreation, Genetic Diangosis and Gene Therapy, Third Conference of the European Network of Biomedical Ethics. University of Sheffield.
  • Pattinson, Shaun D. (1998), The Moral Status of Non-human Animals, Invited paper. Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, University of Manchester.

Report

  • Shakespeare,T., Bryant, L., Clancy, T., Clarke, A., Deans, Z., Pattinson, S. D. & Walker, C. L. (2017). Non-invasive Prenatal Testing: Ethical Issues. Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Supervision students