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Dr Sara Fovargue



Tel: +44 1524 593168

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I am on sabbatical in the Michaelmas term 2015.

Research overview

My research largely centres around two areas, biotechnology and reproduction, and I am particularly interested in issues raised at the intersection of health care law and ethics and family law. Themes within my work include autonomy, risk, regulation, and the relationship between law and ethics. My research has explored legal and ethical aspects of clinical research, regulation and risk, and I have published on the legal regulation of xenotransplantation and issues surrounding consenting to risk. I am also interested in decision making processes and practices with regard to the 'vulnerable' and on obtaining consent when the patient and her parents are under 18.


Current Teaching

I am on sabbatical in the Michaelmas term 2015.


I will be co-convening, lecturing and leading workshops on Law 343 Health Care Law and Ethics in the Lent term 2016.

External Roles

Associate Editor, Clinical Ethics (Sage).

Associate Editor, Medical Law Review (Oxford University Press).

Associate Editor, BMC Medical Ethics (Springer).


Peer Reviewer

2014- AHRC Peer Review College member.

2013- AHRC.

2013- Leverhulme Trust 

2012- Wellcome Trust.

2010- ESRC.


External Examiner

2014- Dublin City University, UG.

2014- University of East Anglia, UG.

2012- University of Dundee, LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics.

2012- University of Manchester, LLM Health Care Ethics and Law.

Professional Role

Co-Director, Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law.

Equality, Diversity and Disabilities Officer.


Additional Information

Current Research

I am currently working on 2 projects:

(i) exploring how procedures come to be accepted as 'proper medical treatment',

(ii) undertaking empirical research to understand from whom and how consent is obtained when the patient and their parents are under 18.

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