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Ms Caterina Milo, MA, LLM, Dip in Legal Studies

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Caterina is an AHRC Phd candidate in Healthcare Law and part-time tutor at Durham Law School. She is member of the Centre of Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS), where she previously served as Deputy convenor (2018-2020).She is an Associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK, currently pursuing Fellow status.She holds: an MA in Bioethics and Medical Law with distinction from St Mary’s University Twickenham, a 5-year master degree in Law with distinction from University of Siena Italy, a Diploma in Legal Studies from the University of Oxford. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, she also practiced as a trainee lawyer in Italy.

Current research

Under the supervision of Professor Emma Cave and Dr Bows, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK, her research investigates the England and Wales abortion ethical and legal framework and the requirement of informed consent. In particular, she analyses women’s decision-making processes following unplanned pregnancies and healthcare practitioners' duty of an accurate, truthful and flexible informative process. The ultimate aim of this project is to highlight the central relevance of the principles of medical partnership and women’s authentic autonomy in decision-making processes following unplanned pregnancies.

Further experiences

Visiting researcher at Nuffield Department of Population Health, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, February-March 2020. Supervised by Dr Michael Dunn.


Milo,Caterina (2020), 'Love as a journey: informed consent and doctor-woman relationship as an act of ongoing love', Unesco Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights- Rome, online symposium, 'Feminist ethics of care: what has love to do with it?', 21st November 2020.

Milo, Caterina (2020), 'Covid-19: Montgomery and the abortion context', The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Virtual Conference, 3-6th September 2020.

Milo, Caterina (2020), 'Negligence and abortion - doctors' duty of care challenges and potentials in light of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board', University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Population Health- Ethox Centre, 26th February 2020.

Milo, Caterina (2020), 'Abortion and the ‘Montgomery calling’: professional guidelines’ challenges and potentials', University of Oxford, Faculty of Law -Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group, 12th February 2020.

Milo, Caterina (2019): 'Abortion, Montgomery and the ECHR', study visit, Council of Europe, Strasburg, 4-6th December 2019.

Milo, Caterina (2019): 'Abortion and Informed Consent: what lessons can be learned from Montgomery?' The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference,4-6th September 2019, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

Milo,Caterina & Alberto Garcia (2019): 'The role of the World Health Organization in the context of infectious global health threaths', lecture, 18th Summer School 'Bioethics, Public Health, and Infectious Global Health Threats', 8-12th July 2019, Unesco Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Rome, Italy.

Milo,Caterina (2019): 'Responsabilita' medica: il caso del danno da lesione dell'autonomia informativa in Italia e Inghilterra' (Clinical negligence: damages for loss of 'informative autunomy' in Italy and UK)visiting lecture,17th May 2019, University of Siena Law School, Italy.

Milo, Caterina (2019): "Is bodily autonomy enough? Proposing a model of authentic autonomy in the abortion context", SLSA Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 3-5th April 2019. 

Milo, Caterina (2018): "A question of choice? The doctor-patient relationship after the Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board case [2015]". (poster) Institute of Medical Ethics, Summer Research conference, Oxford 19-21st June 2018.

Milo, Caterina (2018): "The medical-encounter in UK: pursuing soft-paternalism in the abortion context", Annual PGR Conference, 10th May 2018, Durham Law School, Durham.

Research Interests

  • European Union Law
  • Global Health Ethics
  • Healthcare Law
  • Human rights law
  • Tort Law

Teaching Areas

  • European Constitutional Law

    (15 hours/year.)
  • Law and Medicine

    (24 hours/year.)

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