Sarah Devaney

Sarah Devaney


  • Professor of Healthcare Law and Regulation, Law
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Sarah is a Professor of Healthcare Law and Regulation.

Research interests

Research interests


Regulation of Professionals

Sarah conducts research on the regulation of professionals in science and medicine. In science, this has led her to consider the effectiveness of reputation as a regulatory tool in research science; while in relation to medical practice, she has recently considered with colleagues the duty on healthcare practitioners to obtain consent in pandemic conditions and the issue of whether healthcare practitioners should be immune from negligence liability in pandemic conditions.


Regulation of Emerging (Bio)technologies

One of Sarah's research interests is the regulation of fast-moving research in biotechnology. Focussing on stem cell research, her monograph, Stem Cell Research and the Collaborative Regulation of Innovation (Routledge: 2014) drew on regulatory theories and applied them to emerging stem cell knowledge and applications.

She is currently part of a project team investigating the capacity for blockchain technology to allow citizens to choose whether and, if so, how they can share their health data with others.

Other teaching information


Sarah teaches on a number of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in healthcare law and ethics, including Principles of Law, Medicine and Ethics for undergraduates and a variety of healthcare law and ethics courses for Masters students in both campus based and distance learning formats. She also contributes to teaching on Key Issues in Medical Jurisprudence on the structured PhD programme in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence.


PhD Supervision

Sarah is willing in principle to supervise PhD students in areas of her own research interest. Current and recent PhD students include:

  •  Maria De Jesus Medina Arellano, ‘The Regulation of Stem Cell Research in Mexico’, A1 (no corrections) 
  • Fionnuala Gough, ‘The Regulation of Stem Cell Research in Ireland’, A2 (minor corrections) 
  • Divine Banyubala, ‘Human organ/tissue retrieval, retention and transplantation- a comparative analysis of developed (UK) and developing (Ghana) countries’, A2 (minor corrections) 
  • Nishat Hyder, ‘Regulating Emerging Biotechnologies’, A1 (no corrections) 
  • Jacques Tamin, ‘Ethics and Law in Occupational Medicine’;
  • Craig Purshouse, ‘Should Lost Autonomy be Recognised as Actionable Damage in Medical Negligence Cases?’

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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