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Healthcare disparities: Disruptive healthcare technologies and the patient

Registration still open for this CPD-approved event, organised in association with the School of Law, University of Manchester and the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London.

Registration open until May 31st

Organisers invite all interested parties to register for this event by 31st May 2019.

Date: Thursday, 13 June and Friday, 14 June 2019 

Venue: Schuster Building, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PY 

A pre-conference PGR Day for postgraduate students will be held on Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Attendance prices

Cost: £200

Concessions: PGRs/ECRs/Members of WAML and EAHL - £150 

Registration closes 31 May 2019

  • The prices listed above include a 2-day conference and drinks reception. Accommodation and the conference dinner are not included.  
  • International delegates can be provided with letters to aid in any VISA applications from the University where required.

About the event

An elderly woman in a digital appointment with a doctor.

Health inequalities and how to effectively respond to them is a challenging subject, and a growing number of researchers from various disciplines are exploring the matter. This conference intends to bring these people together for the first meeting of what it is hoped will be an ongoing global academic network, squaring up to the healthcare disparities between patients of differing backgrounds and how disruptive technologies could level the playing field.

The conference is sponsored by the Hallsworth Endowment and the School of Law at the University of Manchester. Collaborative institutional support is provided by Queen Mary, University of London with further support from the European Association of Health Law and the World Association of Medical Law. The conference will combine keynote and breakout sessions.

Download a timetable of the sessions here.

Confirmed plenary speakers

Professor Nicolas Terry

Professor Nicolas Terry, Professor of Law, University of Indiana, USA 

Keynote: 'How disruptive healthcare technologies should reduce health inequalities but probably will not: A transatlantic perspective on the regulation of healthcare AI'.

Hall Render Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Professor Terry serves as Executive Director of the Hall Center for Law and Health, and teaches Torts, Products Liability, Health Information Technology, Law and Science, and Health Care Quality.

Educated at Kingston University and the University of Cambridge, Professor Terry began his academic career as a member of the law faculty of the University of Exeter. He served as a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School and held visiting faculty positions at the law schools of Santa Clara University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Washington University, and the University of Iowa. From 2000-08, Professor Terry served as co-director of Saint Louis University’s Center for Health Law Studies.

Professor Terry’s research interests lie primarily at the intersection of medicine, law, and information technology. He is a permanent blogger at Harvard Law School's Bill of Health.  Professor Terry is also is the co-presenter of the “The Week in Health Law” podcast. 

Professor Ian Freckleton QC

Professor Ian Freckleton QC, Professor of Law, Melbourne Law School, Australia

Keynote: 'Changing dynamics in health practitioner patient relationships and litigaton'.

Professor Ian Freckelton QC is an experienced Queen’s Counsel with a national practice in Melbourne, Australia. He is a member of the Victorian, Northern Territory and Tasmanian Bars. He was appointed a Professorial Fellow in Law and Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne on 2013 and prior to this he was a Professor of Law, Forensic Medicine and Forensic Psychology at Monash University. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Law and Forensic Medicine at Monash University and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Science at the Auckland University of Technology.

In 2015 Professor Freckelton was appointed a Commissioner at the Victorian Law Reform Commission to run its reference on Medicinal Cannabis. He is the Editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine and the Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. He is the author of many books on health law.   

Professor Tamara Hervey

Professor Tamara Hervey, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law, University of Sheffield, UK

Keynote: 'Brexit and health law: Disruption and disparities'.

Professor Hervey is a Member of the Centre for the Study of Law in Society, Sheffield Centre for International and European Law and Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology Law and Ethics.

Her research considers transnational, global and comparative health law and she is currently collaborating with UK, R-EU and North America-based scholars, policy-makers and practitioners across disciplines. She is co-editor (with Calum Young and Louise Bishop) of a Research Handbook in EU Health Law and Policy (Edward Elgar 2017) and she is part of Sally Sheldon’s AHRC-funded project, working on patient and professional autonomy, human rights, and trans-national law on cross-border trade with Laura Robinson (student intern), and Rebecca Gomperts (‘Women on Web’). David Orentlicher (William S Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, USA) and Professor Hervey are working on a major project on comparative health law, to be published by OUP.

Professor Hervey is also working on the implications for health law and policy, both within the UK and within the remainder of the EU following BREXIT. She is a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Health Committee.

Professor Mette Hartlev

Professor Mette Hartlev , University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Keynote: 'Precision medicine, big data and health disparities - a patient's rights perspective'.

Professor Hartlev is Director of the Centre for Legal Studies in Welfare and Market at the University of Copenhagen. Her primary fields of research are focused on legal issues related to th

e healthcare services and patients' rights, and to new health technologies such as gene technology. Her current research is especially targeting the following issues: Health law and patient' rights in an integrated Europe; Legal aspects of public health issues; Health and human rights; Biolaw and biotechnology; Law, science and technology studies; Law and ethics.


Professor Richard Ashcroft

Professor Richard Ashcroft, Queen Mary, University of London

Keynote: 'Does disruptive have to mean unfair? Reflections on innovation, regulation and justice in healthcare technologies'.

Professor Richard Ashcroft teaches medical law and ethics at the Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London. Previously he was Professor of Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and before that he worked at Imperial College London, Bristol University and Liverpool University.

He is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health, funded by the Wellcome Trust, with partners at Kings College London and the London School of Economics. He is also working on the role of human rights theory, law and practice in bioethics policy, and on ethical challenges in public health. He has a longstanding interest in biomedical research ethics.

In 2005 he held an Australian Bicentennial Fellowship, visiting the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, Bristol University and a fellow of the ETHOX Centre, Oxford University.

He is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of other journals, including Bioethics, Developing World Bioethics, Biosocieties, Health Care Analysis and Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.  He is a member of the Ethics and Policy Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council, Director of the Appointing Authority for Phase I Ethics Committees and a member of the Royal College of Physicians working party on tobacco.

Dr Mark Flear

Dr Mark Flear, Queens University Belfast

Dr Flear is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast. His expertise lies primarily in the interdisciplinary investigation of the global dimensions of the relationships between European law and health, with a particular focus on new and emerging technologies and their public health implications. He is the lead editor of the field defining European Law and New Health Technologies (OUP 2013) and the highly original monograph Governing Public Health (Hart 2015; paperback 2018).

Dr Flear’s research has informed regulatory discussion on citizen participation in new technologies at the European Union (EU) level, as has his role as a regulator (NI DNA Governance Board) and as Chief Editor of the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. He sits on an ethics advisory committee on an international research project looking at innovative medicines for respiratory diseases (RESCEU). He is currently working at the forefront of discussion on Brexit as a Co-I on an ESRC funded project looking at the immediate, intermediate and long-term impacts of Brexit on UK health law so as to ensure the arrangements put in place post-Brexit maximise health.

CPD accreditation

This event has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 18 category 1 (external) CPD credits. External events are defined as educational events that are targeted towards physicians from multiple hospitals and trusts. They can be regional, national or international.

Pre-conference postgraduate research day

pre-conference PGR day for postgraduate students will be held on Wednesday, 12 June 2019. 

To register for the pre-conference event, please select this option on the registration form. Abstracts for the pre-conference are not required; however, students are encouraged to submit offers of papers for the main conference.  

The conference dinner and accommodation are not included in the conference fee and delegates are therefore required to book and pay for these separately. Attendance at the conference dinner can be booked using the registration form.  


Accommodation at The Crowne Plaza, Oxford Road, has been secured at a reduced rate and will be available to book on a first-come, first-served basis once registration for the conference has opened.  

Manchester City Centre is approx. 15 minutes taxi ride from the venue, more information on how to get here can be found on the University website.  

Conference reception and dinner

A wine reception will be held in the Schuster Building on Thursday, 13 June 2019 from 7pm – 9pm. This is included in the conference fee. 

The conference dinner is a three-course meal which will be held at The Crowne Plaza, Oxford Road, on Friday, 14 June 2019. This is not included in the conference fee.

Registration and attendance

All attendees (including presenters in the parallel sessions) must register for the conference and pay the appropriate attendance fee.  Reduced rates are available for selected delegates.  

Registration and abstract submission are now open. If you have any queries about registration, or the abstract submission process, please contact

Event sponsors

This event is sponsored by the European Association of Health Law, the Queen Mary University of London, the Society of Legal Scholars and the World Association for Medical Law