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Durham Law School

Staff profile

Professor Emma Cave, LLB. M.Jur, PhD, SFHEA

Professor of Healthcare Law in the Durham Law School
Director of Research, Durham Law School
Chair of Research Committee, Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42829
Room number: PCL122

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Professor Cave publishes widely in the field of Medical Law and teaches Law and Medicine and Torts. She is currently Director of Research and Deputy Dean of the Law School and editorial board member of OUP's Medical Law Review and of the Journal of Medical Law and Ethics.

Her principal areas of research include compulsion, capacity and consent and she has published recently on public health, NHS redress and medical research. Her monograph, The Mother of All Crimes was published by Ashgate in 2004 and the sixth edition of her co-authored book (with Professor Margaret Brazier), Medicine, Patients and the Law was published in August 2016.

Professor Cave has worked on a number of multi-disciplinary research projects. One developed professional training for research ethics committees, another attempted to delimit the research concept. One analysed the role of empirical methods in bioethics, anotther looked at Medical Practitioners, Adolescents and Informed Consent.

Research Supervision

Professor Cave would be delighted to hear from potential students interested in researching any area of medical law, and particularly happy to hear from those interested in legal and ethical issues relating to compulsion, consent, medical research and issues pertaining to the foetus.

Her most recent PhD students research/ed professional regulation, abortion, biobanks, consent and wrongful life and birth litigation. Please read the information here and contact her to arrange for advice on your draft proposal.

Research Interests

  • Clinical Negligence
  • Compulsion
  • Consent
  • Healthcare research
  • Medical Ethics
  • Medical Law
  • Capacity

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Cave, Emma & Doughty, Julie (2017). F v F [2013] IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE FAMILY DIVISION. In Rewriting Children's Rights Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice. Stalford, Helen, Hollingsworth, Kathryn & Gilmore, Stephen Oxford: Hart.
  • Cave, Emma & Stanton, Catherine (2016). Maternal responsibility to the child not yet born. In Pioneering Healthcare Law: Essays in Honour of Margaret Brazier. Stanton C, Devaney S, Farrell A-M & Mullock A Routledge. 280-292.
  • Cave, Emma (2013). Adolescent Consent to Medical Treatment. In Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. (New York: Oxford University Press). Montgomery, Heather Oxford (USA).

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