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Shawn H.E. Harmon

Former Lecturer in Regulation and Risk

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Shawn Harmon is a former general practitioner and litigator who now specialises in medical law and ethics, health research regulation, and the governance of new and emerging technologies, particularly those implicating human health and biomedicine, and the convergence of technologies and how that might impact on the law and society. He has also researched in the area of disability and arts, and in the communication of science. Past projects has explored ethico-legal issues in medical practice, medical research, and biotech innovation, and the interaction of research and governance frameworks with commercial interests, and with bioethical values, and human rights. His interest in empirical methods and the operation of law in society has led to empirical projects in the UK and Latin America, and to novel ways of communicating science and law.

Shawn’s research has been funded by the ESRC, the AHRC, the Challenge Investment Fund, the Moray Fund, and other bodies, and his research has been published in Medical Law Review, Medical Law International, Health Care Analysis, European Journal of Health Law, McGill Journal of Health Law, Bioethics, Medicine Healthcare & Philosophy, Studies in Ethics Law & Technology, Law Innovation & Technology, European Law Review, Intellectual Property Quarterly, UNB Law Review, and other journals.

Shawn has been a Research Fellow at ESRC InnoGen and at AHRC SCRIPT, both at the University of Edinburgh, and he is now Lecturer in Regulation & Risk. He is co-founder and Deputy Director of the J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law, an interdisciplinary research institute located within the School of Law. He is Joint Editor-in-Chief of Medical Law International and former Editor-in-Chief of SCRIPTed – A Journal of Law, Technology & Society. Shawn teaches ‘International Public Health and Ethics’, ‘Biotechnology, Law & Society’, ‘Risk Society and Regulatory Frameworks’, ‘Health, Research and Commercialisation’, and contributes to a range of other courses. He is also a Tutor on the ‘Medical Law & Ethics’ CPD programme.

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