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Professor Suzanne Ost


Suzanne Ost

Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 594938

Research overview

Professor Ost's main research interests are the legal and societal responses to child pornography, the sexual grooming of children and child sexual exploitation more broadly, health care/medical law and bioethics (particularly breaches of the sexual boundaries between doctors and patients and the impact of criminal law on bioethics and health care practice) and law and literature. Professor Ost is interested in exploring the concept of exploitation philosophically, ethically and legally.

PhD supervision

Professor Ost is happy to supervise research degrees on medical law and bioethics, legal and social issues surrounding child pornography/sexual grooming and child sexual exploitation and other areas related to her research interests.

Research Grants

I have been awarded research funding from the AHRC, the British Academy and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

I was co-investigator on The Impact of the Criminal Process on Health Care Ethics and Practice, an AHRC funded research project (2008-2011) which provided a comprehensive analysis of the role of the criminal justice system in regulating health care practice and ethics in the UK.

I received funding from the Modern Law Review for the Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Offences, Offenders and Victims seminar, held in Dec 2013.

I was involved in the ESRC funded Isis project (Lancaster University, Middlesex University and Swansea University), which developed an ethics-centred monitoring framework and tools for supporting law enforcement agencies in policing online social networks for the purpose of protecting children. For more information, see http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/isis/

External Roles

Output assessor for the Law sub-panel under Panel C, REF14.

Editor in Chief for the Medical Law Review journal. Visit the journal's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MedicalLawReview to find out more.

Peer Review Assessor for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the NHS Research for Patient Benefit Programme and the Wellcome Trust.

Refereed a number of pieces for the Oxford Journal of Law Studies, Modern Law Review, Journal of Medical Ethics, Medical Law Review, Script-EdClinical Ethics, Bioethics, Medical Law International, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice and the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture.

Reviewer of books and book proposals for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Person-Longman, Routledge-Cavendish and Sweet and Maxwell.

External Examiner at the Universities of Essex and Manchester.

Current Teaching


Law300 Health Care Law and Ethics

PhD Supervisions Completed

Dr Ernest Owusu-Dapaa, ‘Towards Empowerment of Patients in Ghana: is there a Need for a Distinct Body of Health Care Law?’  (degree awarded 2016, Lancaster University). 

Dr Jamie-lee Mooney, 'The Challenges of Child Sexual Grooming: a Critical Appraisal of Responses in Law and Society' (degree awarded 2015, Lancaster University).

Dr Alexandra Mullock, End-Of-Life Law and Assisted Dying in the 21st Century: Time for Cautious Revolution? (degree awarded 2012, University of Manchester).

Dr Noraiza Abdul Rahman, Facing Up to In Vitro Fertilisation Treatment in Malaysia: Questions of Why and How Treatment Should be Regulated within the Framework of Malaysian Cultural and Religious Values (degree awarded 2012, Lancaster University).

Dr Judith Robertson, An Exploration of the Effects of Litigation on the Midwife and Her Practice (degree awarded 2010, University of Manchester).

Career Details

Professor of Law since April 2012. Senior Lecturer in Law between September 2007-March 2012. Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester (2004-2007), and Lecturer in Law at the University of Central Lancashire (2000-2003).

Additional Information

Internal Responsibilities

Director of Research Enhancement for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


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