Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3170: Medical Ethics and Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:

Core text:

J Herring, Medical Law and Ethics, (5th edn, OUP 2016)


E Jackson, Medical Law, Text, Cases and Materials, (4th edn, OUP 2016)

Suggested supplementary reading:

J McHale and M Fox, Health Care Law: Text and Materials, (2nd edn, Sweet & Maxwell 2007)

GT Laurie, SHE Harmon and G Porter, Mason and McCall Smith’s Law and Medical Ethics,(10th edn, OUP 2016)

S Pattinson, Medical Law and Ethics, (3rd edn, Sweet & Maxwell 2011)

M Brazier and E Cave, Medicine, Patients and the Law, (6th edn, Manchester University Press 2016)

T Beauchamp and J Childress, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, (7th edn, OUP 2008)


Additional Reading:

P Singer, Practical Ethics (3rd edn, CUP, 2011)

C Foster, Choosing Life, Choosing Death, (Hart 2009)

C Foster, Human Dignity in Bioethics and Law (Hart 2011)

P Bartlett and R Sandland, Mental Health Law, Policy and Practice (4th edn OUP 2014)

In addition, chapters and journal articles as recommended for each teaching session.