Amel is a Liverpool graduate (1999-2002). Before returning to academia, she qualified as a Barrister and worked at the General Medical Council. Amel returned to do a PhD at the University of Manchester on the regulation of assisted reproduction (2004-2008). Post PhD, she held two post doctorate positions: a Research Fellow at the Institute of Science Ethics and Innovation, led by Nobel Laureate Sir John Sulston and Professor John Harris (2011-2012) and a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, led by Professors Margaret Brazier and Soren Holm (University of Manchester, 2008-11). In 2012 Amel was appointed as a Family Law Lecturer at the University of Manchester. She later returned to the University of Liverpool as a Senior Lecturer (2013-2018) and was promoted to Reader in 2018 and Professor of Law in 2020.
Amel is recognised as a leading international expert in health law and ethics, with particular expertise in the three following areas:
(i) Criminal / Medical Law - in particular increasing use of criminal law to regulate medicine/healthcare ethics and practice (clinical negligence, informed consent, gross negligence manslaughter, wilful neglect and corporate manslaughter).
(ii) Regulation of reproduction and assisted reproduction (abortion, sterilisation, policing pregnancy, regulation of fertility treatment and novel assisted reproductive technologies, such as ectogenesis and uterus transplants).
(iii) Education Law with a focus on BAME children and those with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) ( school exclusions, Education Health Care Plans, right to specialist education, reasonable adjustments in schools).
In terms of leadership, she is one of the founding directors of The Health Law and Regulation Unit, was Associate Dean (Education) in the School of Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) and a member of the schools Senior Management Team (2017-2019).
At University level, she is a member of the University Disciplinary Committee (2017-Present).
She is also a co-editor of the Medical Law International journal, alongside Dr Paula Case and Professor Marie Fox.
Amel has undertaken much advisory work and was recently a member of the International Advisory Board on a research project in Denmark "Ice Age: Entangled Lives, Times and Ethics in Fertility Preservation" funded by the Danish Research Council.
In response to increasing fertility scandals in the USA in 2019, she attended Washington DC and advised on how the USA could learn from the UK regulatory framework.
During the pandemic, Amel has used her medical law expertise to help local responses and currently sits on a hospital Clinical Ethics Committee and a Clinical Decision Making Committee. With a respected ethicist she delivered a webinar in May 2020 on 'Clinical and Ethical Decision Making in a Pandemic: The UK Experience' . With Seamus Byrne, she received ethical approval to undertake a research study on 'The Impact of the Pandemic on Children with SEND and their education' which received over 230 responses. The data was used to submit as evidence to the Government (June 2020).
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Prizes or Honours
- Faculty Learning and Teaching Award. (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Liverpool, 2018)
- Woman of the Year Finalist and Personal Recommendation Award in 'Contribution to Medicine' Category (The English Women's Awards , 2018)
- Teacher of the Year (Liverpool Guild of Students , 2015)
- Scholarship (The Honorable Inner Temple Inns of Court , 2002)