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Edward (Ted) Dove is Lecturer in Health Law and Regulation at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and Deputy Director of the J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law. He 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 regulation of biomedical research, research ethics oversight, health-related data access and sharing, health data protection, and governance of international research collaboration. His current research focus lies in health data protection regulation and NHS research ethics committees.

Ted is an Editorial Board member of Asian Bioethics Review. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of SCRIPTed, an online, peer-reviewed open access journal dedicated to law, medicine, science and technology. Currently, Ted is Co-Chair of the Regulatory and Ethics Work Stream of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH). Ted is also a member of the Scientific Programme Committee for the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG), and a member of Edinburgh Law School's Research Ethics and Integrity Committee.

Ted is the author of the open access monograph Regulatory Stewardship of Health Research: Navigating Participant Protection and Research Promotion (Edward Elgar, 2020), and co-author of the 11th edition of one of the leading medical law textbooks in the UK, Mason and McCall Smith’s Law and Medical Ethics (11th edn, Oxford University Press, 2019). Ted has also published his work in journals such as Science; The Lancet; The BMJ; European Journal of Human Genetics; Bioethics; Research Ethics; Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics; McGill Journal of Law and Health; Medical Law Review; and Medical Law International.


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 research regulation; law and genetics; research ethics committees


Course Organiser, LAWS11399 (Risk and Regulation: Theories and Practices)

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

Course Organiser, LAWS11387 (Global Health: Law and Policy)

Course Organiser, LAWS11398 (Public Health Ethics and Law) 

Sessional Lecturer, LAWS10166 (Fundamental Issues in Medical Jurisprudence) 

Sessional Lecturer, LAWS11381 (Governance of Innovative Medicine) 

Administrative Roles

Convenor, Empirical Legal Research Network, University of Edinburgh (2017 – )

SSRN Editor, Edinburgh Law School (2017 – )

Member, Research Ethics and Integrity Committee, Edinburgh Law School (2017 – )

Member, Equality and Diversity Committee, Edinburgh Law School (2017 – )

Member, Athena SWAN Committee, Edinburgh Law School (2016 – 2017) 

Office Hours

Wednesdays, 16:00-17:00

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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    Lachlan Urquhart (Advisor), Jiahong Chen (Contributor), Edward Dove (Contributor), Lilian Edwards (Contributor), Ansgar Koene (Contributor), Anna Maria Piskopani (Contributor) & Derek Mcauley (Contributor)

    Dec 2021

    Activity: Consultancy typesProviding oral or written evidence for non-academic board, committee, working group or advisory panel