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Professor Suzanne Ost


Suzanne Ost

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594938


Research overview

My 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 assisted dying), the impact of criminal law on bioethics and health care practice and law and literature. 

PhD supervision

I am happy to supervise research degrees on the subjects of assisted dying, end of life and other aspects of medical law and bioethics, legal and social issues surrounding child pornography/sexual grooming and child sexual exploitation and other areas related to my research interests.

Research Grants

I have been awarded research funding from the AHRC and the British Academy.

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.

Co-adjunct Professor, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia.

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 Journal of Medical Ethics, the Medical Law Review, the Modern Law ReviewScript-EdClinical Ethics, 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


I will be on maternity leave and research leave during 2014-15 and so will not be involved in teaching during this academic year. 

PhD Supervisions Completed

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, School of Law).

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

REF Director for the Law School.

Recent Conference/Seminar Presentations

Sexual Boundaries Breaches: Should English Law Recognise Fiduciary Duties in the Doctor-Patient Relationship? as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy seminar series at the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University on 30th January 2014.

Obligations to Protect and Assist Victims: a Critical Appraisal of European Instruments on Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, plenary speaker at the La Protección Jurídico-penal de La Libertano e Indemnidad Sexual de Los Menores conference, Universitat de Lleida, Catalonia, 13th December 2013.

Voices Carry? The Voice of Bioethics in the Courtroom and Voice of Law in Bioethics at the European Association of Centres for Medical Ethics annual conference, University of Bristol, 21st September 2012. Plenary speaker.

End of Life Care: Withdrawal of Treatment and Assisted Dying - the Legal Position at the Lancaster University and Hospital ‘End of Life’ Seminar, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, 18th June 2012. 

The Harms of Child Pornography: the Legal Approach in England and Wales at the 14th International WSV Symposium on Victimology, The Hague, The Netherlands, 23rd May 2012.

Media Availability

Available in principle in matters relating to my expertise.

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