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Edward (Ted) Dove is Reader in Health Law and Regulation at Edinburgh Law School and a Deputy Director of the J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Political Science and Civil Law and Common Law degrees (BCL, LLB) from McGill University, a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from Columbia University, and a PhD in Law from the University of Edinburgh.

Ted’s primary research interests are in the areas of health privacy law, research ethics governance, and health research regulation. He is author of the open access monograph, Regulatory Stewardship of Health Research: Navigating Participant Protection and Research Promotion (Edward Elgar, 2020); co-editor of Law and Legacy in Medical Jurisprudence: Essays in Honour of Graeme Laurie (Cambridge University Press, 2022); and co-author of one of the leading medical law textbooks in the UK, Mason and McCall Smith’s Law and Medical Ethics (12th edn, Oxford University Press, 2023). He is also editor of a forthcoming volume entitled Confidentiality, Privacy, and Data Protection in Biomedicine: International Concepts and Issues (Routledge, 2024).

Ted is a member of the National Data Guardian's Panel. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Research Ethics, and an Editorial Board member of the journals Asian Bioethics Review and the European Journal of Health Law. Ted is the UK National Contact for the European Association of Health Law (EAHL) and the UK representative for the European Network of Research Ethics Committees (EUREC).


2018                PhD, University of Edinburgh, School of Law (pass, no corrections)

2013                LLM, Columbia University, Columbia Law School (James Kent Scholar)

2010                BCL, LLB, McGill University, Faculty of Law (Great Distinction)

2006                BA (Political Science), McGill University, Faculty of Arts (Great Distinction)

Current Research Interests

health privacy law; research ethics governance


Course Organiser, LAWS10232 and LAWS11495 (Confidentiality and Data Protection in Biomedicine)

Course Organiser, LAWS10165 and LAWS11329 (Contemporary Issues in Medical Jurisprudence) 

Sessional Lecturer, LAWS10166 and LAWS11328 (Fundamental Issues in Medical Jurisprudence) 

Administrative Roles

Director of Education, Edinburgh Law School

Office Hours

Tuesdays, 11:00-13:00

Research Groups

Empirical Legal Research Network

J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law (Mason Institute)

Liminal Spaces Project


  • K Law (General)
  • RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine


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