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Dr Sara Fovargue


Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 593168

Office Hours:

Wednesday 12-12.50pm.  Please email to make an appointment.  If you cannot meet during this hour please email me to arrange another time.


My office hour for Wednesday 27 January and Wednesday 3 February have changed to Monday 25 January 11-11.50am and Monday 1 February 9-10am.

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.


PhD supervision

1. Health care law and ethics generally. I have a particular interest in clinical research involving human and non-human animals, developing biotechnologies such as xenotransplantation (especially issues of consent, risk and regulation), reproductive technologies, organ donation and transplantation, consent and capacity, and decision making for the 'vulnerable'. 2. Family law - especially issues around parents, parenthood and reproductive technologies, children and childhood - particularly children and health.

Current Teaching

Lent term 2016 - co-convening, lecturing and leading workshops on Law 343 Health Care Law and Ethics.


SSM 1 - Children as Decision Makers - Legal and Ethical Considerations

External Roles

Associate Editor - BMC Medical Ethics (Springer), Clinical Ethics (Sage), Medical Law Review (Oxford University Press).


AHRC Peer Review College member.


External Examiner

2014- Dublin City University, UG and PG.

2014- University of East Anglia, UG.

2012- University of Dundee, PG.

2012- University of Manchester, PG.

Professional Role

Co-Director, Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law.

Equality, Diversity and Disabilities Officer.


Additional Information

Current Research

I am currently working on a number of projects:

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

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

(iii) completing an article on conscience based-exemptions in health care, with Mary Neal (Strathclyde).

(iv) empirical research exploring the impact of the criminal justice system on the practice of midwives, obstetricians and gynaecologists.  Funded by the SLSA.


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