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 Louise Austin

Louise Austin

Lecturer

School of Law and Politics

Email
austinl1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29208 74345
Campuses
3.06A, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

Overview

I joined Cardiff Law School as a Lecturer in Law in September 2019. I am co-module lead on the Torts undergraduate programme. I am also co-module lead on the postgraduate modules in Consent to Treatment, and the Law and Professional Regulation of Medical Treatment. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

My research looks at the interaction between medical ethics, medical professional regulation, and medical law, with a particular focus on informed consent to treatment.

I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol. My PhD explored whether there is, or should be, a coherent model of informed consent to surgery across medical ethics, medical professional regulation, and medical law. I concluded that whilst a coherent model does not exist, there should be such a model and my PhD set out what that model should look like.

Prior to undertaking my PhD, I was a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence claims and was accredited as a Law Society Clinical Negligence specialist.

I am a member of the University Hospital of Wales Clinical Ethics Committee. I am also a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Law and Society Association.

Biography

Between 2002-2015, I was a solicitor and specialised in clinical negligence. I was accredited as a Law Society Clinical Negligence specialist.

In 2015, I secured an ESRC 1+3 scholarship to undertake an MSc in Socio-Legal Studies followed by a PhD at the University of Bristol. I passed my MSc with a Distinction and my PhD with no corrections. My PhD has been nominated for the University of Bristol's outstanding excellence in a thesis award.

My PhD explored different models of informed consent to surgery within medical ethics, medical professional regulation, and medical law and set out a coherent model drawn from all three areas. It was supervised by Dr Oliver Quick and Professor Richard Huxtable at the University of Bristol. My examiners were Professor Jose Miola (University of Leeds) and Dr Jonathan Ives (University of Bristol).

Since 2019, I have been a member of the University Hospital of Wales Clinical Ethics Committee.

Honours and awards

  • ESRC Research Training and Support Grant Top-Up Award (2019)
  • Literature Review, Nuffield Council of Bioethics (2018)
  • Small Grant Award, Wellcome Trust (2017-2018)
  • ESRC Overseas Institution Visit Award (2017)
  • Prize for Best Performance Overall in the MSc in Socio-Legal Studies, University of Bristol (2016)
  • Small Grant Award, Wellcome Trust (2016)
  • Small Grant Award, Institute of Medical Ethics (2016)
  • 1+3 ESRC PhD Studentship (2015)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Member of the Law and Society Association

Academic positions

  • 2019 - present: Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University
  • 2016 - 2018: Tutor (Medical Law), University of Bristol

Speaking engagements

  • Mason Institute Research Seminar, Edinburgh University (2019)
  • Law and Society Association Annual Conference (2019)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference (2019)
  • Professional Standards Authority Academic and Research Conference (2019)
  • Southampton University, Health, Ethics and Law Seminar Series (2019)
  • Human Tissue Authority Training Day (2019)
  • Bristol Centre for Surgical Research, University of Bristol (2018)
  • Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (2018)
  • Institute of Medical Ethics Summer Research Conference (2018)
  • Law and Society Association Annual Conference (2018)
  • University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics (2018)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference (2018)
  • Professional Standards Association Academic and Research Conference (2018)
  • Ethox Centre, University of Oxford (2016)

Committees and reviewing

  • Peer Reviewer, BCM Medical Ethics
  • Peer Reviewer, Common Law World Review
  • University Hospital of Wales Clinical Ethics Committee
  • Peer Reviewer, Health Care Analysis
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand, University of Bristol
  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2018 Committee, University of Bristol,
  • Member of the Student Representative Committee, South West Doctoral Training Partnership
  • Member of the Postgraduate Student Committee, Institute of Medical Ethics

Publications

2021

2019

2017

Teaching

I teach and am co-module lead across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

At undergraduate level, I am co-module lead on the Torts module.

I teach and am module lead on the Law and Professional Regulation of Medical Treatment postgraduate module, and I teach and am co-module lead on the postgraduate Consent to Treatment modules.

I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol. My PhD explored whether there is, or should be, a coherent model of informed consent to surgery across medical ethics, medical professional regulation, and medical law. I concluded that whilst a coherent model does not exist, there should be such a model and my PhD set out what that model should look like.

My research interests relate to the interaction between medical ethics, medical professional regulation, and medical law, with a particular focus on negligence and informed consent to treatment. I am also interested in combining socio-legal and empirical bioethics methods in research and did this in my PhD using reflexive balancing combined with critical interpretive review and thematic analysis across a range of sources. These sources included bioethical literature, fitness to practice decisions, and court judgments.

I am currently working on publications developing some of the insights gained from my research during my PhD.

Areas of expertise

External profiles