Dr Thomas Hayes
Lecturer in Law
Tom studied at the University of Bristol as an undergraduate and subsequently as a postgraduate. Tom joined Cardiff University in 2008 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. His research focuses on consent to medical treatment and advance directives (advance decisions to refuse medical treatment under the Mental Capacity Act 2005) and is theoretically informed by Michel Foucault’s work on governmentality.
In 2012 Tom was awarded a travel grant to attend the LSA conference in the United States and deliver his paper "To Each, Their Island: A Governmental Take on the Growth of Autonomy in Medical Law". In the summer of 2013 Tom won a DAAD scholarship for a research visit to the Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, where he conducted research into the implications of advance decisions to refuse treatment at the populational level. Earlier in the 2013 he was selected to attend a workshop on "Organ Donation in Times of Shortage" in the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München and to present his paper on the Welsh government’s proposals to change the law consent for posthumous organ donation. That paper will be published in a forthcoming edited collection. Tom later wrote a blog post for the Cardiff Law School website on the same subject, following the successful passage of the Bill through the National Assembly for Wales. Other recent publications include: Hayes, TP, 2012, "Informed Choice over Informed Consent: Cracking the old Chesternut?" in Priaulx, N. and Wrigley, A. (eds) ‘Ethics, Law and Society: Volume V’ (Ashgate: Surrey, UK) 201-208 and Hayes, TP, 2012, "Balancing Principles, Forcing Food: Self-Determination and Best Interests" Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 9(4) 387-391.
Tom has successfully completed Cardiff University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning and currently teaches criminal law in Cardiff Law School. Tom has further teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in medical law and medical ethics on different programmes of study.