Centre for Health and Social Care Law

The Centre exists to promote research and its dissemination in the field of Health and Social Care Law.

On 24 June 2016, the Centre organised a public conference on ‘Mental health, learning disability and social care: protecting human rights in the austerity crisis.’ You can read about the speakers and discussions on the Cardiff University Mental Health Blog.

The Centre also supports the Children’s Social Care Law in Wales website.


  • To promote research and teaching on the socio-legal aspects of health and social care;
  • To provide mutual peer support, mentoring and feedback on research-related activities, including writing articles and research grant proposals;
  • To support the work of pro bono clinics working on health and social care related projects;
  • To organise internal events relating to current research and topical themes in health and social care;
  • To organise public events, and involve external organisations in internal events, to foster public engagement and impact related activities in health and social care;
  • To contribute towards the selection of internal and external speakers in the LAWPL seminar series.

Members of the Centre have a range of research interests in:

  • medical law and ethics;
  • mental health;
  • disability;
  • additional learning needs;
  • human rights;
  • social care for adults and children.

Some of the current projects our members are involved in are listed here:


Professor Philip Fennell

Professor of Law

+44(0)29 2087 4344

Academic staff

Julie Doughty

Dr Julie Doughty

Lecturer in Law

+44(0)29 2087 4342
24 June 2016Mental health, learning disability and social care: protecting human rights in the austerity crisis
22 November 2016SciScreen ‘Intouchables’
5 December 2106SciScreen ‘Marvellous’
TBC 2017Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the LLM in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice