Dr Mary Neal

Senior Lecturer

Law

Personal statement

SUMMARY

Mary Neal joined Strathclyde in 2006 and is currently Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Law. She teaches and co-ordinates two Honours classes: Law, Persons and Property, and Issues in Healthcare Law and Ethics. She holds LLB (Honours) and LLM (by research) degrees from the University of Glasgow, and a PhD from Cardiff University (2005).

Dr Neal is currently a member of the BMA Medical Ethics Committee, and in 2015 she advised the Parliamentary Committee scrutinising the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.

 

RESEARCH

Dr Neal's main research interests are in Healthcare Law, Bioethics, and Legal Theory, and her current research focuses on conscientious objection in healthcare, beginning and end of life issues, theories of property, and meta-disciplinary concepts such as dignity, sanctity, and love.

Dr Neal supervises a number of doctoral research students, and welcomes applications that focus on any of the following areas: Healthcare Law/Ethics (particularly conscience, beginning and end of life issues, the nature of healthcare, and the professional/patient relationship), Legal Theory/Philosophy, Human Dignity, and theoretical aspects of Property.

Dr Neal is currently Principal Investigator on two funded projects: the Accommodating Conscience Research Network (ACoRN) funded by the Ropyal Society of Edinburgh; and a British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project investigating pharmacists' perceptions of and involvement in the creation of professional ethical guidance.

She is also a Co-Investigator on an ESRC-funded project exploring professionals' attitudes to conscientious objection, working with colleagues in Liverpool and Glasgow.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (since 2014)

 Books & book chapters

  • Ethical Judgments: Re-writing Medical Law (Hart, 2016) (co-editor and contributor)
  • 'The Idea of Vulnerability in Healthcare Law and Ethics: From the Margins to the Mainstream' in Bedford and Herring (eds) Embracing Vulnerability (Routledge, forthcoming 2019)
  • 'Conscientious Objection, "Proper Medical Treatment" and Professionalism: The Limits of Accommodation for Conscience in Healthcare' in J Adenitire (ed) Religious Beliefs and Cosncientious Exemptions in a Liberal State (Hart, forthcoming 2019)
  • ‘Discovering dignity: unpacking the emotional content of killing narratives’ in H Conway and J Stannard (eds) The Emotional Dynamics of Law and Legal Discourse (Hart, 2016)
  •  ‘Locating Lawful Abortion on the Spectrum of Proper Medical Treatment’ in S Fovargue and A Mullock (eds.) The Legitimacy of Medical Treatment: What Role for the Medical Exception? (Routledge, 2015) 124-141

Peer-reviewed journal contributions

  • ‘Death benefits: Physician-assisted dying, justification, and the problem of posthumous interests” (in progress)
  • ‘Conscientious Objection, Professionalism and Vulnerability’ The New Bioethics (forthcoming, 2019) (with S Fovargue)

  • ‘Conscience as Agent-Integrity: A Defence of Conscience-Based Exemptions in the Healthcare Context’ (2016) Medical Law Review 24(4): 544–570 (with S Fovargue)

  • ‘Devolving Abortion Law’ (2016) Edinburgh Law Review 20(3): 399-404

  • ‘When Conscience Isn’t Clear: Greater Glasgow Health Board v Doogan and Another [2014] UKSC 68’ (2015) Medical Law Review
  • ‘Commentary: The Scope of the Conscience-Based Exemption in Section 4(1) of the Abortion Act 1967: Doogan and Wood v NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board [2013] CSIH 36’ (2014) Medical Law Review 22 (3): 409-421
  • ‘“In Good Conscience” Conscience-Based Exemptions and Proper Medical Treatment’ (2015) Medical Law Review 23(2):221-241 (with S Fovargue)
  • ‘Respect for human dignity as substantive basic norm’ (2014) International Journal of Law in Context, 10(1): 26-46

 

Publications

The idea of vulnerability in healthcare law and ethics : from the margins to the mainstream?
Neal Mary
Embracing Vulnerability (2019) (2019)
Conscientious objection, 'proper medical treatment' and professionalism : the limits of accommodation for conscience in healthcare
Neal Mary
Religious Beliefs and Conscientious Exemptions in a Liberal State (2019) (2019)
Ethical Judgments : Re-Writing Medical Law
Smith Stephen W, Coggon John, Hobson Clark, Huxtable Richard , McGuinness Sheelagh, Miola José, Neal Mary
(2017)
Legal Commentary - R v. Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, ex parte Blood
Neal Mary
Ethical Judgments (2017) (2017)
Conclusion : medical law re-written?
Smith Stephen W, Coggon John, Hobson Clark, Huxtable Richard , McGuinness Sheelagh, Miola José, Neal Mary
Ethical Judgments (2017) (2017)
Introduction - medicine in the courtroom : judges, ethics and the law
Smith Stephen W, Coggon John, Hobson Clark, Huxtable Richard , McGuinness Sheelagh, Miola José, Neal Mary
Ethical Judgments (2017) (2017)

more publications

Teaching

Healthcare Law

Bioethics

Legal Theory / Jurisprudence

Theories of Property

Research interests

Healthcare Law and Bioethics

Legal Theory / Legal Philosophy

Human Rights

Theories of Property

Professional activities

Opposition to conscientious objection in healthcare
Speaker
15/6/2019
Death benefits: Clinically-assisted dying and the problem of justification
Speaker
17/1/2019
Abortion Law in Scotland: Past, Present and Future
Speaker
30/9/2018
Dignity
Speaker
21/6/2018
Physician assisted dying and the issue of justification
Speaker
17/5/2018
Conscientious objection, lawful treatment, and professionalism
Speaker
12/4/2018

more professional activities

Projects

Pharmacists' perceptions of ethical conflict and professional guidance in light of the revised General Pharmaceutical Council Standards of Conduct, Ethics and Performance
Neal, Mary (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019
AHRC - Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland | Brown, Jonathan
Neal, Mary (Principal Investigator) Blackie, John (Co-investigator) Brown, Jonathan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 01-Jan-2019
Digital Economy Hub | Harbinja, Edina
Neal, Mary (Co-investigator) Harbinja, Edina (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 18-Jan-2017

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