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Dr Sara Fovargue


Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 593168

Office Hours:

Monday 11-11.50am.

Wednesday 9-9.50am.


Please email to make an appointment.  If you aren't available at these times, please email and we can arrange another time to meet.

Research overview

My research interests lie within the broad fields of health care law and ethics, and family law.  I've published on matters relating to developing/emerging biotechnologies (including xenotransplantation), reproduction, consent and capacity, and risk and regulation.  I'm interested in decision-making processes and practices with regard to the 'vulnerable', including best interests assessments for pregnant women under the MHA, and in how ad from whom consent is obtained when the patient and her parents are under 18.  I'm currently working on a number of projects relating to claims of conscience in health care practice, including a British Academy funded project (with Mary Neal frm the university of Strathclyde) exploring pharmacists' perceptions od ethical conflict and professional guidance.

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


Convening, lecturing and leading workshops on Law 300 Health Care Law and Ethics.

I am supervising six UG dissertations.

External Roles


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

AHRC Peer Review College member.


External Examiner

2016 - University of Surrey.

Professional Role

Director of Research (Michaelmas term only).

Head of Research Mentoring.

Member of the Athena Swan SAT.


Additional Information

Current Research

I am currently working on a British Academy funded project with Mary Neal (University of Strathclyde) exploring pharmacists' perceptions of ethical conflict and professional guidance in the light of the revised General Pharmaceutical Council Standards of Conduct, Ethics and Performance.


I am also looking at whether the best interests test under the MCA 2005 is an appropriate test to apply to pregnant women under the MHA, in the context of delivery decisions at the end of term.


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