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Christopher Newdick

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Teaching the following modules on the LLB:

  • Medical Law
  • Contract Law 

Areas of interest

  • Health law
  • Pharmaceutical law
  • Product liability

Postgraduate supervision

Chris has supervised postgraduate research students working on the following topics:

  • EU healthcare rights and social solidarity
  • product liability.


Chris Newdick is a barrister and the Professor of Health Law.

His special interests concern the rights and duties arising within the National Health Service. He teaches a popular course on the subject in the School of Law. His teaching and supervision is informed by his research in the area and his experience as a member of the Department of Health's Medicines Commission, as an Honorary Consultant to Berkshire West PCT, a member of the Berkshire Priorities Committee, an advisor to the BMA Working Party on NHS Rationing and the NHS National Prescribing Committee.

Academic qualifications

BA, CNAA.; LLM (London); Barrister

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of Berkshire Priorities Committee
  • Honorary Consultant to Berkshire West PCT

Selected publications

  • "Promoting Access and Equity in Health – Assessing the National Health Service in England," in (eds) C. Flood and A. Gross, The Right to Health at the Public/Private Divide: A Global Comparative Study pp. 107–28 (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Editorial: (with J. Raftery) "Why there is No Legal or Medical Justification for the Saatchi Bill," (2014) 348 BMJ 3464.
  • "Culture, Compassion and Clinical Neglect: Probity in the NHS after Mid Staffordshire," (with Dr C Danbury) (2013) Journal of Medical Ethics JME - Culture, compassion and clinical neglect
  • Editorial: "Treating failed asylum seekers in the NHS", (2009) 338 BMJ 1614.
  • "The European Court of Justice, Transnational Health Care, and Social Citizenship – Accidental Death of a Concept?, (2009), 26 Wisconsin International Law Journal 845–68.
  • "Judicial Review: Low-Priority Treatment and Exceptional Case Review" (2007), 15 Medical Law Review, 236–244.
  • Who Should We Treat? – Rights, Rationing and Resources in the NHS (2nd ed, Oxford University Press, 2005) XX+278.

Conference papers

  • "Why PCTs Need Ethical Frameworks," (National Prescribing Centre, First Annual Conference on Local Decision-Making, London, March 2010)
  • "An English Perception of the Draft Cross-border Access to Health Directive – Balancing Individual Rights and Social Solidarity," (Faculty of Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen, October 2009).
  • "The Impact of the NHS Constitution – Balancing Private Rights with Public Duties," (UK Forum on Priority Setting, University of Manchester, September 2009).
  • "Topping-Up – Fundamental Ethics, or the Least Worst Option?" (Applied Health Economics Group, London School of Economics, September 2009).
  • "A Patient's Bill of Rights for Ontario? – England's Experience with the NHS Constitution," Ontario Ministry of Health, Toronto (June 2009, at the invitation of the Canada Institute for Health).
  • "Patients' Rights – Increasing the Intensity of Judicial Review," Fourth International Conference on Priority Setting in Health Care (September 2008, Newcastle/Gateshead Conference Centre, co-ordinated by the University of Newcastle).
  • "Access to Health Care in the UK – Law, Rights and Bioethics" (Faculty of Law, University of Rotterdam, September 2008).
  • "Preserving Social Citizenship in Health Care Markets" (British Association of Canadian Studies, Canada House, Conference on Health Law and Policy in Canada and the UK, July 2008).
  • "The ECJ, Trans-national Health Care and Social Citizenship – Accidental Death of a Concept?" (Faculty of Law, University of Wisconsin, USA, March 2008, as part of the conference on Health Care Tourism -–US-EU Dialogue).
  • Liberty, or Equality? Individualism and Communitarianism? (Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Summer School, Public Health: Justice, Autonomy and the Common Good, University of Leicester, September 2007).
  • Health Care Rights and Distributive Justice. (7th Annual Conference of the UK Clinical Ethics Network, Portsmouth, May 2007).


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