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MA(Hons), MLitt by research, LLM(Dist.), PhD


Emily is an Chancellor's Fellow in Bioethics within Edinburgh School of Law. She is also Deputy Director of the JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law, with responsibility for the Institute’s role in policy engagement and consultancy.

She is an interdisciplinary bioethicist with a background in philosophy. She has philosophy degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Stirling, and an LLM from the University of Edinburgh. She was awarded her PhD for her thesis ‘Defining Ourselves: narrative identity and access to personal bioinformation’ in 2017. Her monograph 'Embodied Narratives: protecting identity interests through ethical governance of bioinformation' will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2022.

Between 2017-2021 Emily was a research fellow on the Wellcome Trust funded project, Confronting the Liminal Spaces of Health Research Regulation

Current Research Interests

Emily’s main research interests lie in exploring the ways in which health technologies and healthcare practices - and the information these depend upon and generate - impact on our identities. Her wider research interests include:

  • Neuroethics
  • Ethics of AI, machine learning and big health data
  • Ethical governance of personal data and information 
  • Conscientious objection in healthcare
  • Consent and shared decision-making
  • Biomedical research ethics, particularly disclosure of research findings
  • The ethics of novel reproductive technologies

She was a member of the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project, in which legal judgments in important Scottish cases are revisited to imagine might have been decided differently if the judge had adopted a feminist perspective.

Research Groups


Emily is Course Organiser for and tutor on:

Fundamentals in Bioethics LAWS11397 (Masters, on-campus)

Fundamentals in Bioethics LAWS11390 (Masters, online distance learning)

Biotechnology, Bioethics and Society LAWS11371 (Masters, on-campus)

Biotechnology, Bioethics and Society LAWS11372 (Masters, online distance learning)

She also teaches on:

Fundamentals Issues in Medical Jurisprudence (Masters, on-campus)

Fundamentals Issues in Medical Jurisprudence (Hons)


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