Dr Kartina A Choong
Reader in Medical Law and Ethics
School of Justice
Dr Choong 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. She is the Deputy Vice-Chair of UCLan’s 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.
Prior to joining the university in 2007, Dr Choong has held academic appointments at the Universities of Durham, Leeds Metropolitan and Reading. She has 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). With over 20 years experience of teaching Law students, she has also provided training on various aspects of Medical Law 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 foreign universities.
She was the Course Leader for UCLan’s LLM in Medical Law and Bioethics (2007-2013); LLM/MA/PGDip in Forensic and Legal Medicine (2009-2017) and LLB programme (Burnley Campus). She has been a Visiting Professor at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (Germany), Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), China University of Political Science and Law, Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary), Multimedia University (Malaysia), UCLan Cyprus, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (France), University of Białystok (Poland), University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and University of Istanbul (Turkey).
- 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)
- UCLan Award for Research Sabbatical, 2012 (£12,000), 2016 (£12,000) & 2019 (£10,000)
- International Association of IT Lawyers and Elsevier’s Institutional Award for High Quality Papers presented at the International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT, Prague, 2008 (with J.P Mifsud Bonnici, D. Mendis and K. Serrano)
- 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
- Member of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Ethics Committee
- Member of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics Unit at Edge Hill University's Medical School.
- Editorial Board member of the Journal of Medical Law and Ethics, and Applied Ethics: From Bioethics to Environmental Ethics
- External Examiner at the University of Mauritius (2011-2014)
- External Examiner at DeMontfort University (2010-2013)
Dr Choong's main area of 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. Her article on critical care decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic has been added by the World Health Organization (WHO) to their Global Literature on Coronavirus Disease database.
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 Service, the Department of Constitutional Affairs (now the Ministry of Justice), Health Education England, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, 39 Essex Chambers, 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.
She 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. A member of the award-winning UCLan Centre for Mediation since its inception in 2014, she serves as a Mediator 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. She was invited to judge the National Mediation Competitions 2014 and 2015.
Dr Choong has acted as a grants application referee for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Wellcome Trust, and the Flanders Research Foundation of Belgium. She has also been invited to be a peer-reviewer by various journals.
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- Neurological death
- Organ procurement
- Covid-19 and critical care decision-making
- Social media professionalism
- Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, 2019 (External Collaborator) £11,000
- Erasmus+, 2010-2016, £6750
- College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, UCLan, 2015 (Collaborator) £24,000
- UCLan Cancer Studies Centre, 2015 (Principal Investigator) £750
- Wellcome Trust, 2014 (Principal Investigator) £4,680
- Law and Culture: Multidisciplinary Cross-Fertilisation of Views on End of Life Care Colloquium, 2020
- The Law and Brain Death Seminar, 2020
- Society of Legal Scholars Conference, 2019
- 25th World Congress for Medical Law, 2019
- 2nd Global Conference on the End of Life Experience, 2019
- Muslim and Christian Perspectives on Palliative Care and End of Life Conference, 2019
- International End of Life Colloquium, 2018
- GP Trainers’ Business Meeting, 2018
- International Conference for Phenomenology of Medicine and Bioethics, 2018
- 2nd International Conference on Bioethics in the New Age of Science, 2018
- Law, Medicine and Ethics Conference, 2018
- Association of Law Teachers Conference, 2018
- Medical Mediation Conference, 2018
- The End of Life Experience Global Conference: Dying, Death and Culture in the 21st Century, 2018
- British Dental Association (North West) Meeting, 2017
- 23rd World Congress for Medical Law, 2017
- UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 12th World Conference, 2017
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