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Professor of Health Care Law, University of Birmingham

Professor Jean McHale researches and writes in the area of Health Law and Health Care law. She is the Director of the Centre for Health Law, Science and Policy at Birmingham Law School. Her recent books include The Regulation of Cosmetic Procedures: Legal, Ethical and Practical Challenges” with Dr Melanie Latham (Routledge 2020; European Health Law: Themes and Implications with Hervey (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Routledge Handbook on Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Perspectives from Social Sciences and Law, edited with Nicola Gale, (Routledge, 2015). Professor McHale is currently the Principal Investigator on the ESRC Covid-19 Rapid Response Grant “ Removing Rights from the Vulnerable?: The Impact of Covid-19 Social Care Easements.”

She was also the PI on the UK Changing Europe Initiative Grant “Health Law outside the EU:Immediate, Intermediate and Long Term Impacts” – co-investigators Professor Tamara Hervey (University of Sheffield) and Dr Mark Flear (Queens University Belfast) (2017-2019). She was also a co-grant holder on the National Institute for Health Research grant “Understanding employee whistleblowing in health care” (2016-2018) and the AHRC research network grant The Changing Demands of Beauty (2016-2016).


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    Professor of Health Care Law, University of Birmingham