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Medical Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Sixth Edition

Emily Jackson

June 2022

ISBN: 9780192843456

1,072 pages

Text, Cases, and Materials

Price: £47.99

Offers the most comprehensive discussion of the law and its ethical context using extracts from a wide range of cases and materials to encourage thoughtful debate.



Medical Law: Text, Cases, and Materials offers all of the explanation, commentary, and extracts from cases and key materials that students need to gain a thorough understanding of this complex topic.

  • Extracts from a wide variety of academic materials ensure students acquire an overview of a range of different perspectives
  • Insightful author commentary and detailed analysis ensures that students gain a thorough understanding of the ethical context in which the law operates
  • Central Issues sections at the start of each chapter outline the key concepts covered, and further reading sections at the end provide guidance on further sources for research
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • The COVID-19 pandemic and its implications are covered throughout, including new sections on pandemic rationing and public health in a pandemic, COVID-19 vaccines for children, and clinical trials in a pandemic
  • Coverage of the government's White Paper on reform of the Mental Health Act
  • Coverage of the changes to the regulation of clinical trials and medicines in the UK as a result of Brexit
  • Coverage of the change in the law on organ donation, which brought in an opt-out system in 2020
  • Expanded coverage of data sharing and mobile technologies in relation to confidentiality
  • Coverage of the changes to the law on abortion in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
  • Coverage of the proposals set out in the Law Commissions' consultation on reform of the law on surrogacy
  • Coverage of the most recent Assisted Dying Bill in England, and inclusion of new material on assisted dying in Australia/New Zealand, as well as updates on Canada

About the Author(s)

Emily Jackson, Professor of Law, London School of Economics

Emily Jackson first joined the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1998. After graduating from Oxford University, she worked as a research officer at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in Oxford. Her first teaching position was at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and she has also taught at Birkbeck College and Queen Mary, University of London. Between 2003 and 2012, Emily was a member and then Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She was a Judicial Appointments Commissioner from 2013-2017. She has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2016, and in 2017 was awarded an OBE for services to higher education.

Table of Contents

    1:An introduction to bioethics
    2:The provision of health care services: the NHS, resource allocation, and public health
    3:Medical malpractice
    4:Informed consent
    5:Incapacity I: Adults
    6:Incapacity II: Children
    7:Mental health law
    9:Genetic information
    10:Clinical research
    11:The regulation of medicines
    12:Organ transplantation
    13:Embryo research, stem cells, and emerging biotechnologies
    15:Assisted conception
    17:Assisted dying


"Review from previous edition This is the best text, cases and materials book on medical law around. It explains the law and ethical literature in an accessible manner while still being thorough. I cannot recommend it highly enough." - Dr Craig Purshouse, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool

"The seminal textbook for teaching any aspect of medical law...clearly written with a real depth of accessible analysis and a wealth of resources." - Caroline Chappell, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Chester

"This has been my go-to medical law book for as long as I can remember. It combines comprehensive coverage of medical law issues and a wonderfully engaging writing style. The chapters are really well structured and the choice of a diverse range of extracts ensures that the book covers so much ground and incorporates many different viewpoints. But importantly, the author's confident voice accompanies the reader throughout the book and makes for a comfortable and enriching learning experience." - Dr Oliver Quick, Reader in Law, University of Bristol