Chair of Medical Jurisprudence

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University of Edinburgh


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Role Managed by:

Yana Shevkirova

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Within the Professorial scale, Grade UE10

Closing Date: 15/01/2020

Applications are invited from world-leading scholars in the field of medical law and ethics for the Chair of Medical Jurisprudence.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of gender or ethnic group. We particularly encourage applications from women/men and members of ethnic minorities, who are currently under-represented in posts at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. Edinburgh Law School is committed to the fair and equal treatment of all its employees. In 2017 the School was granted an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of its promotion of diversity and gender equality among staff and students.

The first UK chair in medical jurisprudence was established at Edinburgh University in 1807, initially in the Faculty of Law and then the Faculty of Medicine, returning to the School of Law in 2005. Its (re)establishment in Edinburgh Law School marked a commitment to research and teaching excellence in this field, and signalled the objective to secure Edinburgh’s position as one of the leading centres for medical law and ethics in the United Kingdom and beyond.

The University seeks to appoint a leading scholar working in any area of medical law and ethics (including bioethics) and from any jurisdiction to lead, strengthen and complement our existing internationally recognised research. As well as undertaking world-leading research, the successful candidate will deliver excellent research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The successful candidate  will also contribute to the impact and public engagement activities of the Mason Institute and its research community, and through the Institute and by other means, enhance the position of Edinburgh Law School as an acknowledged leader in the field of medical law and ethics.        

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the appointment from the 1st of August 2020 and no later than 1st September 2020.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of School, Professor Martin Hogg (

The closing date for applications is noon (GMT) on Wednesday 15th January 2020