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Building a Bridge between Tort Law and Epidemiology: On the development of Forensic Epidemiology and its Application to Questions of Causation in Tort Law.

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  • Full or part time
    Dr C McIvor
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
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Project Description

To research theories and applications of causation in tort law and epidemiology and demonstrate the value that epidemiology can bring to the resolution of tort claims.

Epidemiological evidence is currently both under-valued and under-used in English tort Law, yet it has the potential to revolutionise legal thinking about causation in tort, particularly in cases of medical negligence. The student will investigate the theoretical and practical approaches causation in both disciplines, highlighting areas of commonality and differentiation and demonstrating the value that epidemiology can bring to the resolution of tort law disputes. To our knowledge, this will be the world’s first PhD studentship to combine both disciplines.

Appointment will be subject to interview in Birmingham.
Further information can be obtained via Prof. Dr. Maurice Zeegers and Dr. Claire McIvor.

Self funded. The candidate should have a Masters degree in either Epidemiology or Law. Only European candidates can be accepted for this studentship

Funding Notes

Self funded. The candidate should have a Masters degree in either Epidemiology or Law. Only European candidates can be accepted for this studentship

References

'Getting Defensive about Police Negligence: The Hill Principle, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the House of Lords’ (2010) 69 Cambridge Law Journal 133-150
'Bursting the Autonomy Bubble: A Defence of the Court of Appeal Decision in R (On the application of Oliver Leslie Burke) v GMC', in R Deazley and S Smith (eds) The Legal, Medical and Cultural Regulation of the Body: Transformation and Transgression (Ashgate, forthcoming 2009).
"The positive duty of the police to protect life" (2008) 24 Professional Negligence 27-35
"Liability for psychiatric harm" (2007) 23 Professional Negligence 249-256
‘The Use and Abuse of the Doctrine of Vicarious Liability’ (2006) 35 Common Law World Review 268-296
Third Party Liability in Tort ( Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2006)
“The negligence liability of child welfare professionals and policy-based immunities: A critique of recent English developments” (2006) 14 Torts Law Journal 205-218
“The spectre of Stubbings v Webb lives on” (2006) 22 Professional Negligence 119-126
“The positive medical duty to provide life-prolonging treatment” (2006) 22 Professional Negligence 59-64
“Reinventing the doctrine of vicarious liability – again!” (2005) 21 Professional Negligence 283-289
“Police immunity and the legacy of Hill v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire” (2005) 21 Professional Negligence 201-207
“A stressful business”, (2005) 21 Professional Negligence 123-128
“Withdrawal of life-prolonging medical treatment”, (2004) 20 Professional Negligence 280-284
“Liability in Respect of the Intoxicated”, [2001] Cambridge Law Journal 109-127
“Expelling the myth of the parental duty to rescue”, (2000) 12 Child and Family Law Quarterly 229-237

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Law?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 31.79

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