Professor Keith Syrett
Professor of Law
Keith joined the School as Professor of Public Health Law in September 2012, having previously worked at the Universities of East Anglia and Bristol. He has an LLB degree in Jurisprudence from Oxford University, an MA in International Relations from Yale University and a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics. He is also a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, having trained with Clifford Chance LLP.
Keith's research lies at the intersection of health policy, bioethics, politics and law. He has a particular interest in decision-making on the allocation of scarce healthcare resources, and the law's response to this. This was the subject of his 2007 book, Law, Legitimacy and the Rationing of Health Care (Cambridge University Press), and is also reflected in extensive work which he has undertaken on institutions and processes of health technology assessment, especially the activities of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). His research also focuses on the role for legal and other forms of regulatory intervention in population health, especially in the context of climate change. While at Bristol University, he founded the Worldwide Universities Network 'Global Health Justice' research network and he remains actively involved with this project. He is presently working on developing the first text and materials book for public health law in the UK.
Professor Syrett's teaching has mainly been undertaken in the area of public law, and he is the author of a leading work in the field, The Foundations of Public Law: Principles and Problems of Power in the British Constitution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). At present, he is the Course Director for the Public Law module and also teaches on the Administrative Law module. He also teaches on the Medical Law and Ethics module of the BCL programme at Oxford University and has previously been a visiting professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Toronto, the University of Gothenburg, the University of Ankara, the Deutsche Richterakadamie (Trier) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Keith is national Secretary of the British Association for Canadian Studies and Chair of its Legal Studies Group. He sits on the Editorial Board of Medical Law International and is a member of the World Association of Medical Law, the International Association of Bioethics and the European Association of Health Law. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Public Health Law, Rationing, Climate Change, Global Health Justice