The Mason Institute offers an exciting calendar of events throughout the year for students, academics, practitioners, and the public. Here you will find details of our MI lunches, annual lectures, work in progress seminars, and more!

Nov
22
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Carstares Room, Old College
Nov 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nov
29
Thu
Mason Institute WiP Seminar @ Seminar Room 4, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Nov 29 @ 9:22 am – 10:22 am
Dec
13
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jan
22
Tue
MI Lunch Seminar with Ayesha Ahmad @ TBC
Jan 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Talk Title: TBC

with Ayesha Ahmad

Abstract

TBC

Respondent: TBC

About MI Lunches

Human health is essential for the enjoyment and maximisation of almost all human activities. As our health futures rapidly evolve alongside great medical, scientific, and technological advancement, we are faced with the obligation to both protect patients and promote ethical research. How to successfully navigate these interconnected and complex relationships is a challenge not yet met. The Mason Institute is at the forefront of research into the protection and promotion of human health. The MI Lunch Series reaches across the boundaries of discipline and institution to directly engage with crucial human health actors – researchers, practitioners, policymakers, patients, and the public – to exploit on-going research and explore this challenge.
If you would like to be a part of our series, please contact: mason.institute@ed.ac.uk

Mar
13
Wed
MI Lunch Seminar with Mark Flear @ TBC
Mar 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

with Mark Flear

Talk Title: TBC

Abstract

TBC

Respondent: TBC

About MI Lunches

Human health is essential for the enjoyment and maximisation of almost all human activities. As our health futures rapidly evolve alongside great medical, scientific, and technological advancement, we are faced with the obligation to both protect patients and promote ethical research. How to successfully navigate these interconnected and complex relationships is a challenge not yet met. The Mason Institute is at the forefront of research into the protection and promotion of human health. The MI Lunch Series reaches across the boundaries of discipline and institution to directly engage with crucial human health actors – researchers, practitioners, policymakers, patients, and the public – to exploit on-going research and explore this challenge.
If you would like to be a part of our series, please contact: mason.institute@ed.ac.uk

 

Apr
9
Tue
Mason Institute Annual Lecture @ Screening Room G.04
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We will hold our MI Annual Lecture with a lecture from Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

‘Realizing the Right to Benefit from Science’

“[Everyone has] the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.” (Art. 15(1)(b)), International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966.

To date, 169 states have signed and ratified the ICESCR.  More than fifty years since its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, and despite its legal actionability, governments on the whole have failed to adopt measures to respect a specific social and cultural right within the Covenant, namely “the right of everyone to enjoy the benefits of science progress and its applications”.  This right, in other words, largely has been dormant.    This lecture will examine the interrelated sets of rights found within ICESCR’s article 15: “the right to benefit from”, the right of scientific freedom, and the duty of states to provide an enabling environment whereby scientific progress and its applications will be fully realized.  With respect to data intensive science and human germline engineering, for example, the possible regulatory routes and content of the right to benefit from science are varied; what are and might be suitable approaches?

The need to awaken this “Cinderella” right remains.

May
28
Tue
MI Lunch Seminar with Craig Purshouse
May 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

with Craig Purshouse

Talk Title: ‘Critical Reflections on the ‘Reasonable Patient’

Abstract

Abstract: A doctor will breach their duty of care to a patient if they fail to warn them about the material risks in, and reasonable alternatives to, proposed treatment. In the United Kingdom, the decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11 developed the law so that a doctor’s standard of care is now assessed from the perspective of the reasonable (or particular) patient as opposed to that of the reasonable doctor. This case is widely regarded as one of the most important tort cases in recent decades and the change in approach has been warmly received in academic circles as a victory for patient rights. This paper will draw upon research about judicial politics and diversity to critically reflect upon how the ‘reasonable patient’ has been characterised by judges. It will argue that, although there were problems with the reasonable doctor standard, the reasonable patient standard has a number of shortcomings that have been overlooked (e.g. allows greater scope for judicial politics to intrude into the characterisation of the ‘reasonable patient’). This could have negative consequences for health care practice and the coherence of negligence law.

Speaker’s Short Bio

Dr Craig Purshouse is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Leeds. His research interests are in torts law and medical law. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Medical Law Review and his research has been cited by the Court of Appeal of Singapore and the United Kingdom Supreme Court.

Respondent: TBC

About MI Lunches

Human health is essential for the enjoyment and maximisation of almost all human activities. As our health futures rapidly evolve alongside great medical, scientific, and technological advancement, we are faced with the obligation to both protect patients and promote ethical research. How to successfully navigate these interconnected and complex relationships is a challenge not yet met. The Mason Institute is at the forefront of research into the protection and promotion of human health. The MI Lunch Series reaches across the boundaries of discipline and institution to directly engage with crucial human health actors – researchers, practitioners, policymakers, patients, and the public – to exploit on-going research and explore this challenge.
If you would like to be a part of our series, please contact: mason.institute@ed.ac.uk

Jun
3
Mon
MI Lunch Seminar with Dr Jack Thompson @ TBC
Jun 3 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

with Dr Jack Thompson from University of Brighton

Talk Title: TBC

Abstract

TBC

Respondent: TBC

About MI Lunches

Human health is essential for the enjoyment and maximisation of almost all human activities. As our health futures rapidly evolve alongside great medical, scientific, and technological advancement, we are faced with the obligation to both protect patients and promote ethical research. How to successfully navigate these interconnected and complex relationships is a challenge not yet met. The Mason Institute is at the forefront of research into the protection and promotion of human health. The MI Lunch Series reaches across the boundaries of discipline and institution to directly engage with crucial human health actors – researchers, practitioners, policymakers, patients, and the public – to exploit on-going research and explore this challenge.
If you would like to be a part of our series, please contact: mason.institute@ed.ac.uk