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Dr Amel Alghrani LLB, MA, PhD, Barrister (non-practising)

Reader in Law Law


    Personal Statement

    Dr Amel Alghrani is a Reader of Law at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool. Amel has 16 years research and teaching expertise in medical law and ethics. She is currently researching the use of the criminal to regulate healthcare ethics and practice, in particular the law surrounding gross negligence manslaughter, wilful neglect and corporate manslaughter. She has published extensively on this and the regulation of reproduction / fertility treatment, in a variety of contexts.

    At present, she is heavily researching children’s health and education law rights, particularly those with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

    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 senior management team (2017-2019). At University level, she is a member of the University Disciplinary Committee (2017-2020). She is also a co-editor of the Medical Law International alongside Dr Paula Case and Professor Marie Fox.

    Amel also co-leads the Critical Medical Humanities Theme and is on the management group of The Centre for Humanities and Social Science of Health, Medicine and Technology (2017-present).

    Amel has undertaken much advisory work and is currently 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.

    Before academia, she qualified as a Barrister and worked at the General Medical Council. She initially joined Liverpool in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to that she held positions as: a Family Law Lecturer at the University of Manchester (2012-2013); 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).

    Amel has delivered teaching to medical professionals in Alder Hey Hospital and the Women’s Hospital . She is currently working on a research bid with colleagues in the latter to the National Institute for Health Research, on informed consent in practise.

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    Recent publications:

    (with AM Farrell and M. Kazarian "Gross Negligence Manslaughter: Time For A Restorative Justice Approach?" Medical Law Review 2020 (Forthcoming).

    Policy Report (with Seamus Byrne and D. Tyfield) Children, Disability and Service Provision: A Liverpool/Merseyside Perspective, January 2020.

    (with C. Purshouse) “Damages for Reproductive Negligence: Surrogacy on the NHS” (2019) 135 Law Quarterly Review 405-411.

    A. Alghrani (with, J. Marsh & A.Ali) Leyla Sahin Case, Feminist Legal Judgements Project (Hart, 2019).
    (This collection was awarded the American Society of International Law's 2020 Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship.)

    A. Alghrani, 'Assisted Reproductive Technologies: New Horizons: Regulating the Future of Human Reproduction (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Monograph.

    A. Alghrani, 'Uterus Transplantation in and beyond cisgender women: Revisiting procreative liberty in light of emerging reproductive technologies' (2018) 5 (2) Journal of Law and the Biosciences 301-328.

    (with D. Griffiths) “Surrogacy Regulation In The UK: the Case For Reform” (2017) 29 (2) Child and Family Law Quarterly 165 - 186.

    A. Alghrani ‘Re A’ in H. Stalford, K. Hollingsworth, S. Gilmore (eds) Rewriting Children’s Rights Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice (Hart, 2017) pp 264-272.

    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)