Journal of Medical Law and Ethics (JMLE)

The Journal of Medical Law and Ethics (JMLE) aims to publish excellent quality peer-reviewed articles, reports, case notes and essays in the field of medical law and ethics. First issue published June 2013.

The Journal of Medical Law and Ethics (JMLE) aims to publish excellent quality peer-reviewed articles, reports, case notes and essays in the field of medical law and ethics, which is a very exciting and controversial area of law. This journal aims to focus in particular on the legal and ethical aspects of medicine. This is an opportunity for the increasing number of academics and practitioners alike to discuss the most controversial areas of medical law, to present research, to analyse and criticise the law, and hopefully aim to improve the way that medical care is provided.


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The following topics are themes in a journal based on medical law and ethics:


  • Medical ethics (i.e. essays in ethical considerations and morality issues);
  • Resource allocation (i.e. health care costs, authorities, provisions);
  • Professional malpractice (i.e. regulations governing doctors, misconduct, duties, damages);
  • Consent (i.e. voluntariness and capacity);
  • Mental health law (i.e. mental disorders, statutory reforms);
  • Confidentiality and medical records;
  • Assisted conception (i.e. I.V.F. developments, case law);
  • Abortion (i.e. new statutory and technological developments);
  • Liability for occurrences before and after birth;
  • Products liability (i.e. medicines, drugs, regulations, testing, cures);
  • Clinical research;
  • Embryo and stem cell research (i.e. Parliamentary/constitutional discussions, new laws, research practices);
  • Organ transplantation;
  • Competent and incompetent patients at the end of life;
  • Euthanasia and assisted suicide;
  • Medical evidence (i.e. D.N.A. in criminal trials);
  • Other social and religious ethics.

Frequency: 3 issues a year.

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Editorial board

Chief Editor & Creator:

Lisa Cherkassky – LLB, PGCE(PCE), LLM, PGC(HEP),

Senior Lecturer in Law,Law School,

The University of Derby,


Deputy Editors:

Professor Eduard Verhagen – LL.M, PhD and Medical Director of the Department of Paediatrics at the University Medical Centre Groningen

Faculty of Medical Sciences

University Medical Centre Groningen


International Editorial Board:

Professor Melodie Nothling Slabbert – BA, MA, DLitt, LLB, LLD, Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, researcher in jurisprudence, health, genetics, medical law and ethics.

University of South Africa


Professor Grant Gillett – MHumBio; MSc; MBChB; FRACS (Neurosurgery); D.Phil; researcher in bioethics, end of life care, neuroethics, brain death, the philosophy of psychiatry and mental disorders.

Division of Health Sciences, Bioethics Centre, University of Otago


Dr Leigh Rich – PhD, MA, BA, Associate Professor and researcher in health and behavioural sciences, bioethics, biotechnology, health, gender and the media, anthropology of the body, economic and feminist perspectives on health.

College of Health Professions, Armstrong Atlantic State University


Dr Andrew McGee – PhD, MA, BA, LLB, lecturer and researcher in end of life decisions and the ethics of stem cell research.

Faculty of Law, Gardens Point Campus, Queensland University of Technology


Nisha Parikh – MD, MPH,  assistant professor of medicine, researcher in cardiovascular health.

John A Burns School of Medicine,  Division of Cardiology, Queen’s Medical Centre, University of Hawaii


Suhayfa Bhamjee – LLB, LLM, Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, senior lecturer and researcher in consent, autonomy, HIV, genetic research, sexual misconduct and medical law.

School of Law, Pietermaritzburg, University of Kwazulu-Natal


Dr Darius Whelan – LLM, Barrister, lecturer and researcher in criminal procedure and mental health, President of the Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association.
Faculty of Law, University College Cork


Professor Bernice Elger – MD, PhD, MA, Head of The Institute of Bio and Medical Ethics, researcher in bioethics, health law and human rights.

Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel


Dr Patricia Zapf – PhD, MA, BA, associate professor, researcher in forensic psychology, mental health law and criminal justice.

Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Dr Emma Cave – LLB, M.Jur, PhD, senior lecturer in medical law, jurisprudence and tort, researcher in child consent, pregnancy, medical research, cloning and bioethics.

The Liberty Building, School of Law, University of Leeds


Dr Janne Rothmar Herrmann – LLB, LLM, PhD, associate professor, researcher in science and technology, biotechnology, death and dying, reproductive rights and bioethics.

Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen


Professor Michael Pepper – MBChB, PhD, MD, researcher in cell therapy, stem cells and genomics.

Graduate Centre, University of Pretoria


Dr Rebecca Bennett – PhD, senior lecturer and researcher in bioethics, assisted reproductive technologies, genetic testing in pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, cloning, stem cell research, selective treatment.

The University of Manchester 

Dr Kartina A. Choong – LLB, MA, PhD, PGCAP, Barrister, senior lecturer and researcher in medical law, ethics, religion and social policy, complementary and alternative medicine.

Lancashire Law School, University of Central Lancashire


Mr Kevin Bampton – LLB, Head of Law and Criminology, clinical litigation, coronial law, clinical governance, medical ethics and human rights, mental health law.

The University of Derby


Other reviewers:


Professor Jean McHale, The University of Birmingham


Dr Jonathan Ives, The University of Birmingham

Roy Gilbar: consent, confidentiality, medical decision making, genetic information, assisted reproduction, incompetent patients,

The University of Leicester.


Pamela Ferguson: product liability, criminal law in medicine,

The University of Dundee.


Genevra Richardson: mental health law, capacity, adult guardianship, research regulation and end of life decisions,

Kings College Law.


Ann Macaskill: medical ethics and research ethics.

Sheffield Hallam University.


Laura Machin, Lancaster University.


Judy Laing (part time): mental health, capacity, healthcare regulation, medical negligence, professional misconduct.

The University of Bristol.


Therese Callus: regulation of biomedicine/bioethics, assisted conception, parentage, biomedicine and the family,

The University of Reading.


Nicky Priaulx: medical law and ethics (all),

Cardiff University.


Seamus Burns: assisted reproduction, abortion, consent, euthanasia, assisted suicide, organ transplantation, allocation of resources, human rights.

Sheffield Hallam University.


Rob Heywood: clinical negligence, consent, end of life decision making, information disclosure, mental capacity, organ transplantation.

The University of East Anglia.


Richard Huxtable: end of life, surgery, paediatrics.

The University of Bristol


Jose Miola: informed consent, negligence, medical ethics.

The University of Leicester.


Michelle Robson: clinical negligence, standard of care, causation, psychiatric damage, wrongful birth, judicial review and resource issues and children and consent. Northumbria University.


Kristina Swift: confidentiality, consent, capacity, end of life.

Northumbria University.


Professor Matthew Weait,

Birkbeck College, London


Anthony Wrigley: general medical ethics (broad).

Keele University.


Jonathan Hughes: medical ethics (all),

Keele University.


Shawn Harmon: regulation of health research and health technologies, international public health,

The University of Edinburgh.


Kirsty Horsey: assisted conception, consent, medical negligence,

The University of Kent.

Dr Tracey Elliott, University of Leicester


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Authors’s guidelines


Editorial policy

The Journal of Medical Law and Ethics (JMLE) aims to publish excellent quality peer-reviewed articles, reports, case notes and essays in the field of medical law and ethics. The journal will place a strong emphasis on legal and ethical research, critical analysis, scrutiny, theory and evaluation. Submissions will examine a topical area of medical law and will be expected to assess, question or evaluate the impact of the relevant provision or authority on the legal and/or ethical landscape, drawing together views from academics, practitioners, and previous research.


Publications Ethics

The JMLE editors will operate in alignment with the Code of Conduct for Journal Editors developed by COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.


Potential conflict of interest

Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties).


Editors who make final decisions about manuscripts must have no personal, professional, or financial involvement in any of the issues they might judge.


All participants in the peer-review and publication process must disclose all relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interest.


When authors submit a manuscript, whether an article or another publication, they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work.


JMLE Peer review process

The JMLE peer reviews all the material it receives, internally and externally.

In order that the review process can be as efficient as possible for both authors and reviewers, all manuscripts are initially reviewed and a decision is made about whether to send the paper for external review. The manuscript may be accepted, considered acceptable with revisions, or rejected.

The reviewers are specifically queried not just on the scientific originality, quality and correctness, but also on whether the findings are of interest to a more general area of readership. In the latter case the it may be published as a non-scientific contribution.

Manuscripts will be reviewed with due respect for authors’ confidentiality.


Criteria for acceptance:

Importance and interest to this journal's readers

Scientific soundness


Degree to which conclusions are supported

Organization and clarity

Cohesiveness of argument

Length relative to information content

Conciseness and writing style

Appropriateness for the targeted journal and specific section of the journal





Articles and Essays
Articles and Essays will include theoretical discussions on morality (for example, abortion laws and embryo and stem cell research). These submissions are particularly welcome in the journal and will provide a back-drop for future academic commentary.

Word count: 7000 words; refs not included


Empirical research reports

An empirical research report should be divided in the the following sections: title page, abstract, introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion

Word count: 3000 words; refs not included


(Brief) Reports and commentaries
Reports and commentaries will examine brand-new medical legislation and contemporary ethical issues. These will include product liability and licensing (i.e. new drugs and the subsequent trials and regulations governing them), stem cell research developments, and new Parliamentary Bills/constitutional decisions.

Word count: 2500 words; refs not included


Case notes
Cases can radically reform large areas of the law, and a regular opportunity for case commentaries will ensure that the journal is at the forefront of significant legal developments.

Word count: 3500 words; refs not included



Word count: 2500 words; refs not included


Submission of Contributions

Contributions should be submitted in British English by e-mail, in Word to the Chief-Editor, Miss Lisa Cherkassky ( Contributions will be considered for publication by the editors on the understanding that the articles have not previously been published and are not under consideration elsewhere.


The length of the articles should usually be no longer  then mentioned above.


The title page should have the following information:

1. Article title.

2. Authors’ names and institutional affiliations.

3. The name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed.

4. Contact information for corresponding authors.

5. Source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these.

6. Word counts.

7. The number of figures and tables.


Reference list

Please provide a reference list with the bibliographic details of the cited books, book chapters, or journal articles. The list should only include works that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text or the footnotes.

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.


Conflict-of-Interest Notification Page

When authors submit a manuscript, whether an article or another publication, they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work. To prevent potential conflicts of interest from being overlooked or misplaced, this information needs to be part of the manuscript.

An author may be asked to complete a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form.


An abstract of not more than 250 words should be submitted with the article.


Authors will be asked to submit key words with their article.


For more details instructions see the ‘Editing instructions’

For information on copyright ownership see 'Rights and permissions'

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