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We’ve moved!

Thank you to all of our readers who have been following this blog. We have now moved to the Lancaster University Law School’s website at

We are in the process of transferring the blog posts from these pages to the blog archive on our new website.  All new blog posts will appear on the new site.

Thank you,

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What is “Proper Medical Treatment”?

Dr Sara Fovargue, Lancaster University
Dr Alexandra Mullock, University of Manchester

The relationship between medical practice and criminal law is much closer than many realise. Doctors are permitted to do things that others are not, provided that what they do is regarded as ‘proper medical treatment’. The legal justification for bodily invasions in the medical context has developed according to the ‘medical exception’ to the criminal law discussed by the House of Lords in the cases of R v Brown [1993] and Airedale NHS Trust v Bland [1994], and by the Law Commission in 1994. As those involved in sado-masochistic activities discovered in Brown, consent, in the absence of medical (or legitimate sporting) justification, is not enough to make harming others lawful. And in Bland, while it was legitimate for the doctors to withdraw life-sustaining treatment, if a concerned relative did the same it would become a criminal matter.

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Hate violence is a global problem – and a crime against humanity via @ConversationUK

Prof Paul Iganski

Writing in The Conversation today, Professor Paul Iganski discusses the Charleston Shootings and the daily reality of hate crime.

Paul Iganski (@H8Hurts) is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Lancaster University Law School, UK.  Paul is on the Management Board of the Lancaster University ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) and leads a CASS research project on The management of hateful invective by the courts. His latest book, Hate Crime. A Global Perspective, written together with Jack Levin from Northeastern University’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, in Boston, was published in May 2015.

You can find out more Paul’s work at;

via @Daily_Express – link to #LancsLaw research on @womenwhobuysex

Lancaster University Law School’s Dr Sarah Kingston and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Dr Natalie Hammond research into @womenwhobuysex

You can find out more about Sarah’s research at

Lancaster School of Law students are off to Ghana

Dr Catherine Easton

On the 30th of March, six year two students and one staff member from Lancaster Law School will travel to Accra, Ghana for a week-long educational visit to Lancaster University’s Ghana campus. They will form part of a larger group of staff and students from the Linguistics and the Politics, Philosophy and Religion departments.

This is the first visit of the Lancaster-Ghana undergraduate ambassador scheme, which aims to forge links and interaction between students and staff based in Lancaster and in Ghana. Lancaster University is the first British university to open a campus in West Africa and it aims to grow its student numbers to 200 by September 2014.

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