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Catherine Stanton


  • Lecturer in Medical Law and Bioethics, Law

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B.D.(Hons) (St Andrews), M.A. (Manchester), PhD (Manchester)

Catherine qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and practised in defendant professional negligence litigation. She is currently non-practising.

Catherine's PhD thesis examined ethical and legal issues surrounding the use of genetic information within the family.  Since 2002, Catherine has taught on the MA/LLM/PG Diploma in Healthcare ethics and law by Distance Learning and on campus.  She has also taught on undergraduate law courses and in the dental school.  

Research interests

Catherine's PhD thesis examined legal and ethical issues relating to the use of genetic information within the family.

Catherine is also interested in the link between healthcare and the criminal law.  She was part of an ESRC-funded project (with David Gurnham and Hannah Quirk) 'Criminalising contagion: legal and ethical challenges of disease transmission and the criminal law'. (ES/J021555/1).


co-editor with Hannah Quirk, Criminalising Contagion: Legal and Ethical Challenges of Disease Transmission and the Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

She is also a co-editor (with Sarah Devaney, Anne-Maree Farrell and Alexandra Mullock) of Pioneering Healthcare Law: Essays in Honour of the Work of Margaret Brazier (Routledge, 2015)

C Stanton, 'Patient information: to share or not to share?' Medical Law Review, published online first on 27 April 2018

 C. Stanton, 'Genetic Transmission of Disease: A Legal Harm?' Healthcare Analysis (2016) 24(3) 228-245 

C. Stanton, 'Maternal transmission of HIV Infection: a crime against my child?' Journal of Medical Ethics (2014) Online first 4 June. doi:10.1136/medethics-2013-101368

Catherine was also guest editor of an edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics (December 2014)  which includes papers on the issue of disease transmission and the use of the criminal law.


Catherine supervises PhD students in the area of healthcare law.  


Catherine teaches on the LLM/ MA/Postgraduate Diploma programme in Healthcare Ethics and Law by Distance Learning.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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