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Dr Stephen Smith

Dr Stephen Smith

Senior Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2088 8714
2.37, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

I joined the Cardiff School of Law and Politics as a Senior Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics in September of 2016. Prior to that I was a Lecturer at the Birmingham Law School where I taught Jurisprudence, Bioethics and Criminal Law and Medicine. I have a PhD from Manchester which he received in 2003. I also have  a J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law (St. Louis, Missouri) (1998) and a B.A. in Psychology from Mercyhurst College Erie, Pennsylvania) (1995).

My primary research interests are in bioethics and medical law. I am particularly interested in the relationship between bioethics, law, and culture. This includes not only an interest in how the law interacts, influences and is influenced by bioethics but also how bioethics and popular culture are perceived and interact with popular culture. Additionally, a large percentage of my work has focused on end of life decisions. I am the first editor of Ethical Judgments: Re-Writing Medical Law which has recently been published by Hart-Bloomsbury. I am also the author of a book by Cambridge University Press (2012) entitled End-of-Life Decisions in Medical Care: Principles and Policies for Regulating the Dying Process.

I have supervised numerous undergraduate and Master's projects at Birmingham as well as supervising two PhD students in law to completion (Dr Mandeep Dyal, 2014 and Dr Clark Hobson, 2015). I am willing to supervise PhD projects within my areas of specialisation which include bioethics, medical/healthcare law and jurisprudence.

Education and Qualifications

  • 2003: PhD (Law), University oif Manchester, UK
  • 1998: J.D., Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • 1995: B.A. (Psychology), Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Career Overview

  • 2016 - present: Senior Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics, Cardiff School of Law and Politics
  • 2003 - 2016: Lecturer in Law, Birmingham Law School, Birmingham, UK


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