Medical Law

The issues of medical law, which is also a research topic at the Faculty, span across many of the traditional legal disciplines. The research is carried out in close contact with representatives for ethics, medicine, pharmaceutics and health sciences.

The Faculty has the only professorship in the country in this field and several new doctoral student recruitments have taken place.

During the last few years, studies have focused on the balancing of interests and regulations related to individual self-determination and the protection of integrity in health care and research, for example the use of new information technology, biobanking and medical interventions at the beginning and end of life.

Judicial protection and legal rights for incapacitated adults, as well as the status of children in health care, have also been studied.

The significance of cultural and religious values for basic rights and duties in health care is another area of study, as well as the impact of such values on the interpretation of fundamental legal principles in biomedicine.

Influences from European and international legal developments and new demands for harmonization or in some cases claims for national legal traditions also raise new issues.

Interaction with society at large is also important, as rapid scientific development gives rise to constant need for legal analyses of new possibilities and risks.

Currently a number of medical legal research environments are emerging in the Nordic countries. Cross-border cooperation between Nordic and international networks and joint projects are therefore of importance.

Contact: Anna-Sara Lind