We have over 12,000 students, from over 100 countries, within one of the safest campuses in the UK


97% of Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months of graduating

Home > Research > Researchers > Sara Fovargue
View graph of relations

« Back

Dr Sara Fovargue


Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 593168

Office Hours:

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.


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

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.

View all (41) »