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Pre-conference postgraduate research day

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

Event details

Aerial view of The University of Manchester campus

Date: Wednesday 12th June 2019

Venue: Williamson Building, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9QQ

Abstract submission is open until 30 April 2019.

For more details of registration, see below and/or scan the QR code further down the page.

The postgraduate research day will be held in the School of Law, within the Williamson Building of the University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom and continues to achieve the highest standards of academic impact and innovation. Its unique academic heritage encompasses Ernest Rutherford first splitting the atom, development of the world’s first stored-program computer and the pioneering of artificial intelligence by Alan Turing.

Papers and posters 

The event will feature an opportunity for PGR students to present their research. Abstracts are not mandatory, though students are encouraged to submit offers of papers for the main conference. Papers and posters will be entered into the conference competition. 

Panels will be subdivided broadly into:

  • Patient rights and health inequalities
  • BREXIT and its consequences on health
  • Disruptive technologies and health disparities
  • Rationing and healthcare systems
  • Regulating innovation (or disruptive technologies)
  • Patient safety and disruptive innovations
  • Open theme

Publishing Workshop: A Guide to Publishing in Journals, Books and Peer Reviewing 

A workshop session on publishing and peer review will be delivered by representatives from leading publishers Cambridge University Press. 

Featured speakers

The Postgraduate Research workshop will provide an opportunity to engage with established legal researchers, including:

Dr Mark Flear

Dr Mark Flear

My expertise lies primarily in the interdisciplinary investigation of the global dimensions of the relationships between European law (broadly understood) and health, with a particular focus on new and emerging technologies and their public health implications. 

Dr Mark Flear / Queen's University Belfast

Mark 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). His research has informed regulatory discussion on citizen participation in new technologies at the European Union (EU) level, his role as a regulator (NI DNA Governance Board) and as Chief Editor of the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, and membership of numerous institutes and networks and 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."

Professor Margot Brazier

Margot Brazier is an Emeritus Professor of Law at Manchester University and a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow. She was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer in Law at Manchester in 1971, becoming a Professor of Law in 1990. She was Director of the University’s Centre for Social Ethics and Policy until 2010 participating in a range of research projects. Most recently, she was the principal investigator on two AHRC funded projects ‘The Impact of the Criminal Process on Health Care Practice and Ethics’. With Suzanne Ost, she published Bioethics and Medicine in the Theatre of the Criminal Process (Cambridge University Press, 2013). She edited the Medical Law Review until from 2004 to 2011.  She writes widely on medical law and ethics, with a particular interest in autonomy and consent, the use of human body parts, reproductive medicine and medico-legal history. The sixth edition of Medicine, Patients and the Law (with Emma Cave) was published in 2016.  In addition to her university role, she has chaired a number of committees involved in policy-making in relation to health care, including a review into the laws relating to surrogacy (2006-8), the Retained Organs Commission,(2001-4) and a Nuffield Council Working Party on critical care decisions in fetal and neonatal medicine (2004-6). She is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was appointed QC (honoris causa) in 2008.

Manchester: A brief guide

Located close to the city centre, the University stretches along Oxford Road, a distinct and lively part of the city, with a diverse offering of galleries, restaurants, bars, parks and museums amongst the stunning architecture of the University campus.

Local dining and refreshment

In the immediate vicinity of the University, University Place food market and the University Green development bring together a mix of the best independent food traders with a range of national outlets and local gems.

Walking a few minutes down Oxford Road brings you to Krobar, with its Danish inspired menu, and sunny garden, and Big Hands is known as an after gig venue for both bands and fans. The Whitworth Art gallery possesses a fantastic restaurant and cafe, in a stunning glass extension overlooking the park and art garden. Beyond this are the famous curry mile and then the suburbs of Didsbury with its large pub gardens and the eclectic mix of food and drink in the Burton Road area.

Heading up Oxford road towards the city centre, brings you to Grosvenor Street and the Deaf Institute, an eclectic music venue and bar with a popular vegan restaurant. On the same street is the famous Sandbar with its focus on local breweries and select imports. A little further along Oxford Road is the subterranean Temple of Convenience bar, created from a Victorian public restroom and said to inspire some of the best Manchester bands, who are often seen within its atmospheric depths. This contrasts with the soaring atrium and winter garden of the iconic Refuge bar and dining room. The stroll down Oxford Road ends in the magnificent St. Peters Square, location of the historic Midland Hotel, which contains its famous afternoon tea rooms and restaurants within its Edwardian Baroque splendour.

Manchester city centre

Whitworth Building, Oxford Road, Manchester
Whitworth Building, Oxford Road, Manchester
Castlefield, Manchester
Castlefield, Manchester

Beyond this is the city centre with much to explore. Manchester is a lively and wonderful city to visit, with a vibrant and bohemian northern quarter, the hidden gems of Ancoats, the luxurious Ivy and stunning views from 20 Stories in Spinningfields, and the historic beauty of Castlefield.

Open air music, food festivals and theatre bring the city streets to life in the summer. Al-fresco dining brings the city squares and gardens to life, enhancing a burgeoning reputation for innovative quality cuisine. The city is famed for its exciting music scene. Whilst music tours visit the origins of New Order, The Smiths and the Hacienda, numerous music venues and festivals continue to showcase the cities emerging talent. For classical music lovers, the crescendo reaches a peak at open air spectaculars by the Manchester Camerata and the Halle Orchestra. These can be enjoyed with a picnic and a glass of champagne at glorious venues such as the Castlefield Bowl and Tatton Park.

John Rylands Library, Manchester
John Rylands Library, Manchester

Be sure to visit the stunning John Rylands library in the city centre. This Neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece is part of the University, and contains a rich and unique collection of books and manuscripts. Other Manchester libraries to visit include the 212 year old Portico Library and the medieval Chethams Library, which is considered to be the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.

For lovers of theatre, the summer sees many productions brought back for short runs in new and unusual locations. There are also regular plays held in many of the city’s parks, such as Heaton Park, and Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden.

For nature seekers, Manchester sits on the edge of beautiful areas such as the Peak District; the villages of Saddleworth which are perfect for long walks and country pubs; the enchanting forests and stately homes of Cheshire; vast expanses of beautiful coastline in Merseyside, and the green hills of North Wales.

Bluedot festival, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire
Bluedot festival, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire

In Cheshire, the University Jodrell Bank Observatory combines all of the above with the annual Bluedot festival.

This combines a music festival featuring a diverse range of stars, with a science festival all held underneath the actual stars, and the famous radio telescope of the University Astrophysics centre. 

Conference reception and dinner

A wine reception will be held in the Schuster Building on Thursday, 13 June 2019 from 7pm – 9pm. The Schuster building, whose roof is adorned with abstract sculptures and an astronomical observatory was named after Sir Franz Arthur Friedrich Schuster. It is also the venue for the main conference, and is set within Brunswick Park, a new area of parkland situated at the heart of the University campus.

The conference dinner will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Oxford Road, on Friday, 14 June 2019

Registration and attendance

All attendees must register for the conference. Reduced rates are available for selected delegates, and a limited number of bursaries may be available for PGR students.

  • Abstract submission: 30 April 2019
  • Poster submission: 30 April 2019
  • Cost: £200 (Registration closes: 31 May 2019)
  • Early bird registration: £175 (early bird registration closes on 5 May 2019)
  • Concessions: PGRs/ECRs/Members of WAML and EAHL - £150 

For more information and details of registration and abstract submission, please visit the conference webpage or scan the QR code.

QR code for conference on  Healthcare disparities: disruptive healthcare technologies and the patient

The conference is held in association with the School of Law, University of Manchester and the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London. This event will take place at the University of Manchester from 13-15 June 2019, with a PGR workshop for postgraduate students held on Wednesday, 12 June 2019.

Plenary speakers will include:

  • Professor Richard Ashcroft (Queen Mary, University of London) 
  • Professor Ian Freckleton (Professor of Law, Melbourne Law School, Australia)
  • Professor Tamara Hervey (Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law, University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Professor Mette Hartley (University of Copenhagan, Denmark)
  • Professor Nicolas Terry (Professor of Law, University of Indiana, USA)

The conference dinner and accommodation are not included in the conference fee and delegates are therefore required to book and pay for these separately.

The conference is sponsored by the Hallsworth Endowment and the School of Law at the University of Manchester, the European Association of Health Law, the Queen Mary University of London, the Society of Legal Scholars and the World Association for Medical Law.

Collaborative institutional support is provided by Queen Mary, University of London.

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Further information

For further information about this event, please contact Ajmal Mubarik (