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Dr Kartina A Choong

Reader in Medical Law and Ethics
School of Justice

Kartina teaches a range of modules across the LLM, LLB, GDL and MBBS programmes. She also supervises PhD and MPhil theses, as well as projects and dissertations on taught postgraduate and undergraduate Law programmes.

Dr Choong is the Deputy Vice-Chair of our Research Ethics Committee for Business, Arts, Humanities and Social Science (BAHSS). She also sits on the University Review Panel (URP) and is the Ethics Lead for the School of Justice; and sits on the University Review Panel (URP), and the Culture and Creative Industries’ Faculty Ethics Committee. Her main area of teaching and research expertise is Medical Law, on which she has published widely particularly on issues relating to end of life care, consent, confidentiality, access to health records, and professional liability. She has presented papers at numerous international conferences including at the World Congress for Medical Law, the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics World Conference, the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics Conference, and the European Conference on Health Law. She has also been invited to speak at events organised by prominent national and international organisations. These include the Royal Society of Medicine, Royal College of Physicians' Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, British Dental Association, Her Majesty's Courts Services, the Department of Constitutional Affairs (now the Ministry of Justice), the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, Mauritius Research Council, Paris Institute for Advanced Study, University of Nanterre, Franco-German University, Georgetown University Qatar and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Kartina has a special interest in Mediation. Her article on 'Mediation in the Law Curriculum' was cited in ‘Educating Future Mediators’, a speech delivered by Lord Neuberger (the former President of the Supreme Court of the UK) at the 4th Civil Mediation Council (CMC) National Conference in May 2010. She has been a member of the UCLan Centre for Mediation since its inception in 2014. She serves as a Mediator, Mediation Representative and a trainer on the centre's CMC-Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediation course. She edited a special issue of a journal which showcases some of the papers delivered at the centre's Medical Mediation conference in 2018, of which she was part of the organising committee: Journal of Medical Law and Ethics.

Prior to joining the university in 2007, Dr Choong has held academic appointments at the Universities of Durham, Leeds Metropolitan and Reading. She has also served, between 2002-2010, as a Subject Specialist in Medical Ethics and Religion for INTUTE: Arts and Humanities (formerly the HUMBUL Humanities Hub based at the University of Oxford). In addition to teaching Law and Medical students, she provides training on various aspects of Medical Law and Ethics to doctors, dentists, nurses, lawyers, hospital managers, and clinic administrators. Some of these trainings are commissioned and funded by Health Education England, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and external universities. Kartina was an External Examiner at the University of Mauritius between 2011-2014, and DeMontfort University between 2010-2013. She has been invited to judge the National Mediation Competition and to act as grants application referee for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust and Flanders Research Foundation of Belgium. She sits on the editorial boards of Applied Ethics: From Bioethics to Environmental Ethics, and the Journal of Medical Law and Ethics; and has been invited to be a peer-reviewer by several journals. She is a member of the British Medical Journal (BMJ)'s Ethics Committee, and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics Unit at Edge Hill University's Medical School.

  • PhD Medical Law, Manchester University, 2001
  • MA Islamic Studies, Leeds University, 2003
  • MA(Econ) Applied Social Research, Manchester University, 1997
  • Barrister-at-Law, Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn, 1995
  • MA Health Care Ethics, Manchester University, 1995
  • LLB (Hons) Law, Cardiff University, 1993
  • PGCert Academic Practice, Reading University, 2007
  • Best Poster Award, British Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference, Cambridge University, 2016 (with L. Harkin, K. Beaver & P. Dey)
  • Best Conference Paper, 5th Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and Management Conference, Japan, 2015 (with R. Gunputh)
  • Bioethics
  • Comparative Law
  • Legal Pluralism
  • Medical Law
  • Medical Mediation
  • Organ Procurement
  • Professional Liability
  • Religiously and Culturally-Sensitive End of Life Care
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars