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Professor Suzanne Ost


Suzanne Ost

Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 594938

Research overview

My main research interests are unknowing victims of crime (BJC2023, IJPSM2023), the legal and societal responses to child abusive images (IRV2018), the sexual grooming of children and child sexual exploitation, health care/medical law and bioethics (particularly exploitation in health care, 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. I have recently completed a book analysing exploitation (conceptually, ethically and legally) in the doctor-patient relationship. I have recently completed a project on unknowing victims of child abusive images, funded by the British Academy.

PhD supervision

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

Career Details

Professor of Law since 2012. Senior Lecturer in Law (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).

Professional Role

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

External Roles

Member of the Law sub-panel under Panel C, REF2021

Member of the AHRC Peer Review College

Expert Adviser for Jersey's Citizens' Jury on Assisted Dying, 2021

2011-2020: former Editor in Chief for the Medical Law Review journal

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

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

Reviewer for numerous law journals and bioethics journals, including the Oxford Journal of Law Studies, Legal StudiesModern Law Review, Medical Law International, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Bioethics, BMJ Open, Clinical Ethics, SSM - Population Health and the Journal of Medical Ethics

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

I have been an External Examiner at numerous universities, including the Universities of Essex and Manchester.

Research Grants

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

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).

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