Biography

Rob is a Professor of Medical Law and was previously Deputy Head of the UEA Law School. He is the module leader for Medical Law on the undergraduate programme.


Rob has specific expertise in the fields of clinical negligence, informed consent and information disclosure, end-of-life decision-making, advance decision-making and mental capacity.  He has authored numerous articles in the Medical Law Review, the leading journal in the field of medical law, and has also published pieces in a number of leading generalist law journals.  His recent article on informed consent and information disclosure, co-authored with Professor José Miola (University of Leicester), appeared in the University of Oxford's highly respected Law Quarterly Review.  Rob’s published work on informed consent has also recently been cited, with approval, by the highest court in Singapore.  See, Hii Chii Kok v Ooi Peng Jin London Lucien and Others [2017] SGCA 38. In respect of mental capacity, Rob’s written evidence was cited in the recent ‘Law Commission Consultation Paper No 222 – Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty’. On the 29th June 2018, Rob's futher written evidence on the Law Commission's proposals for the Liberty Protection Safeguards was cited in the Final Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights “The Right to Freedom and Safety: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards”.


Having undertaken multi-disciplinary empirical research on informed consent, Rob has skills in working with a range of healthcare professionals, patients and medical students. He has knowledge of qualitative research methods and data analysis, and is also familiar with the process of gaining ethical approval for research carried out in the NHS.  Rob is currently a co-investigator on multi-disciplinary funded project from the Nuffield Foundation. This bid, in collaboration with UEA’s School of Health Sciences, received funding to the tune of £378,204 to investigate the development of an assent-based process for the inclusion of adults with impairments of capacity and/or communication in ethically-sound research.


Rob sits on the editorial boards of the Medical Law Review, Medical Law International, the Journal of Professional Negligence, the Journal of Medical Law and Ethics and the BMC Medical Ethics. He also sits as a member of UEA’s GREC Ethics Committee.

In 2014 Rob was nominated for a UEA Excellence in Engagement Award, and in 2010 Rob won one of the prestigious UEA Excellence in Teaching Awards, which recognises and celebrates outstanding teaching. This was awarded in recognition of his teaching on three popular final year modules: Medical Law, Company Law and Media Entertainment & Sports Law. Colleagues and students alike have testified to Rob's enthusiasm, innovation and ability to engage and motivate his classes. His on-going concern and support for the welfare of students is also shown in the active role he plays as an academic adviser. 

In his spare time, Rob swims, cycles and plays amateur football.  He is a keen supporter of Manchester United and also enjoys watching cricket, rugby and boxing.

 

Career

2015 - Present: Professor of Medical Law, UEA Law School.

2007 – 2015: Reader in Medical Law, UEA Law School.  

2005 – 2007: Senior Lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University.

2002 – 2005: Research Student and Associate Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University.

Academic Background

2010 PG Cert Higher Education Practice, UEA.

2006 PhD, ‘The Law and Practice of Consent to Medical Intervention’, Sheffield Hallam University.

2002 LLB (Hons), Sheffield Hallam University.

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