London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Jacqueline Laing

Dr. Jacqueline Laing teaches jurisprudence and criminal law in the faculty at city campus. She has published on a wide range of subjects in philosophy, law and human rights. She continues to write more broadly in the philosophy of mind and action, in ethics and jurisprudence.

She studied philosophy and law at the Australian National University winning prizes in philosophy and jurisprudence. She completed her doctorate at Brasenose College Oxford, with a thesis entitled Intention and Culpability, an analysis in the philosophy of the criminal law. A barrister of the High Court of Australia and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, she has taught at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, at the University of Melbourne and has worked as a Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service. She has contributed to such broadcast discussions as Radio 4''s, BBC Knowledge series and the Channel 4 News.

Her publications include Human Lives: Critical Essays on Consequentialist Bioethics (co-edited, London Macmillan, 1997) and contributions inter alia in the Monist, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Criminal Law, New Law Journal, Journal of Medical Ethics, Medical Law Review, Family Law Journal, recent collections on the natural law like Human Values, as well as in recognized works of reference such as the Blackwell Dictionary of Philosophy and Penguin Dictionary of Modern Thought.


BA LLB (ANU) DPhil (Oxon)
Barrister, High Court of Australia
Solicitor, England & Wales
Senior Lecturer in Law




BOOKS (post 2000) 

  • On Human Rights and Medical Law, Jacqueline Laing (forthcoming)


  • "Inter-Species Embryos and Human Clones: Issues of Free Movement and Gestation" European Journal of Health Law 15 (2008) 421-431.
  • "Information Technology and Biometric Databases: Eugenics and Other Threats to Disability Rights" Journal of Leg. Tech. Risk. Man. (2008)
  •  "Artificial Reproduction, Blood Relatedness and Human Identity" Monist: International Journal of General Philosophical Enquiry 89 (2006) 548-567. ISSN 0026-9662
  • "A Certain Kind of Moral Scepticism and the Foundations of Human Rights" Law and Justice, 157 (2006) 39-53. ISSN 0269-817X.
  • "Artificial Reproduction, the ‘Welfare Principle’, and the Common Good" Medical Law Review, 13 (2005) 328-356. ISSN 0967-0742, Online ISSN: 1464-3790 Jacqueline A. Laing and David S. Oderberg.
  • "The Prohibition on Eugenics and Reproductive Liberty" University of New South Wales Law Journal 29 (2006) 261-266. ISSN:, 0313-0096
  • "The Mental Capacity Bill 2004: Human Rights Concerns" Family Law Journal 35 (2005) 137-143. ISSN 0964-9069, Online ISSN: 1469-9621
  • "Mental Capacity Bill - A threat to the vulnerable" New Law Journal 154 (2004) 1165. ISSN 0305-9332, Online ISSN: 1464-3669
  • "Disabled Need Our Protection" Law Society Gazette 101(2004) 12. ISSN: 0262 1495
  • "The Right to Live: Reply to the Chief Executive of the Law Society" Law Society Gazette 102(2005) 11. ISSN: 0262 1495  
  • "Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics" H. Watt, Review, Journal of Medical Ethics 28 (2002) 331. ISSN: 0306-6800 ISSN: 1473-4257
  • "Vegetative" State - The Untold Story" New Law Journal 152 (2002) 1272. ISSN 0305-9332, Online ISSN: 1464-3669
  • "The Philosophy of War and Peace" Jenny Teichman, Review Journal of Applied Philosophy. (2008)
  • "Hybrids, Cybrids and Clones: On the Free Movement of Goods and Persons" Bulletin of Medical Ethics (2008) 


  • "Background and Consequences of the Reproductive Revolution" Love and Responsibility, Oxford, 2009.  
  • "Food and Fluids: Human Law, Human Rights and Human Interests" in Artificial Nutrition and Hydration C. Tollefsen, ed., Springer Press, The Netherlands, 2008, pp. 77-100 ISBN 978-1-4020-6206-3  
  • New reproductive technologies are morally problematic" in Medical Ethics (ed. James Torr) Greenhaven Press, California, 2000. ISBN 0-7-377-01455, ISBN 978-0737701456 
  • "Law, Liberalism and the Common Good" in Human Values: New Essays on Ethics and Natural Law Edited by David S. Oderberg and T.D.J. Chappell, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp. 184-216. ISBN 4039-1810-4 


  • "The Hart-Devlin Debate " in The Dictionary of Modern Thought, ed. Thomas Mautner, Penguin, 2005.
  • "Contraception" in Dictionary of Modern Thought, ed. Thomas Mautner, Penguin, 2005.
  • "J. M. Finnis" in Dictionary of Philosophy ed. Thomas Mautner, Penguin, 2005. ISBN-10: 0140512500; ISBN-13: 978-0140512502.
  • "Law" (core article, 5000 words) Encyclopaedia of Christian Civilisation, ed. George Kurian, Oxford, Blackwell, (forthcoming 2009).
  • "Justinian" Encyclopaedia of Christian Civilisation, Oxford, Blackwell, ed. George Kurian, Oxford, Blackwell, (forthcoming 2009).
  • "Authority" Encyclopaedia of Christian Civilisation, Oxford, Blackwell, ed. George Kurian, Oxford, Blackwell, (forthcoming 2009) and six other shorter entries.
  • "Rights" Australian Encyclopaedia of Philosophy forthcoming 


University of Valencia, Spain "Human rights and the new eugenics" Congress on Human Rights 9th - 10th December 2008 

The European Commission "Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the UK: Access to treatment and care" European Commission Conference on Information Computing Technology Inclusion 12th May 2008, Bled, Slovenia.  

University of Cambridge International Society for Law and Morality Annual Conference "The Limits of Legal Sanction: Reproductive and Sexual Liberty" 14th December 2007.  

London Metropolitan University Disability Matters: Exploring Contemporary Disability and Welfare Issues "Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the UK: Access to Treatment and Care" Conference co-organiser. 17th December 2007.  

Houses of Parliament, South Australia "Human Rights and the Mental Capacity Act 2005" Adelaide, Australia 21st August, 2007.  

Treacy Conference Centre, Melbourne "Human Rights and the Mental Capacity Act 2005" (2 Papers 4th and 5th August 2007) Melbourne, Australia 3rd-,5th August, 2007. 

All Saints Conference Centre "Human Rights and the Mental Capacity Act 2005", Brisbane, Australia 16th August, 2007.  

Society of Applied Philosophy Annual Conference University of Birmingham "Blood Relatedness and the New Reproductive Technologies" 1 July 2007. Published in Monist: International Journal of General Philosophical Enquiry.  

House of Lords Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill Pre-Hearing Seminar with Lord Alton, Chair - Lord Neill of Bladen, Speakers: Prof. Nigel Cameron, Prof. Calum Mackellar, Lord Brennan on Animal Human Hybrids and Human Cloning "The Commodification of Young Human Life" Host : 1st May 2007. (forthcoming 2008) 

London Metropolitan University HRSJ Conference Alasdair MacIntyre’s Revolutionary Aristotelianism Londonmet HRSJ Conference "Moral Relativism, Truth and Modern Moral Philosophy" 29 June -1 July 2007.  

London Metropolitan University Law Seminars with guest speaker: Sir Swinton Thomas "Mental Capacity Act 2005: Human Rights Concerns" 14 March 2007.  

University of Cambridge International Society for Law and Morality Annual Conference "Article 2 Rights and Euthanasia" 3 January 2007.  

Mansfield Law Society City Campus, London Metropolitan University "Big Brother Britain: Social Darwinism and State Control" 6th December, 2006.  

All Souls College, University of Oxford Euthanasia: For and Against - A One Day Conference with Baroness Warnock, Lord Joffe "Slippery Slope Arguments: Fallacious Moral Reasoning or Reasonable Causal Prediction?" 26 September 2006.  

European Parliament, Dublin Host: Kathy Sinnott MEP, Dublin 2 Day Conference on Article 2 Rights in the European Union "Article 2 Rights and Euthanasia" 8-9 September 2006.  

University of Cambridge International Society for Law and Morality Annual Conference "The Foundations of Human Rights" 6 January 2006.  

House of Commons Host: Gerald Howarth MP (Con.) and House of Lords Family and Child Protection Group "Human Rights Concerns: The Mental Capacity Bill 2004" 25 January 2005.  

The British Council Disability and Human Rights Conference, Kensington, "Not Fully Human?" 29 November 2004 (Conference: 28th Nov - 2nd Dec 2004)  

Woburn House Conference Centre, London WC1 Human Rights for Disabled Children - A Protection Issue "Disability Rights and Mental Incapacity Law Reform" 26 November 2004.  

House of Commons "The Mental Capacity Bill" Teddy Taylor MP (Con.) "The Dangers of the Mental Capacity Bill 2004" 7 June 2004 Reported in Hansard 11 October 2004.  

Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London, Linacre Centre "Mental Incapacity: Proposals for Reform" 27 September 2003 

Chester College, University of Liverpool "Mental Incapacity: Proposals for Reform" A Two Day Conference on the Right to Life, 13 September 2003. 

London Metropolitan University Human Rights: Limits and Extension - Polis Conference "Human Rights: Foundations and Limits" 9 July 2003. 

Trinity College, University of Oxford Oxford Jurisprudence Discussion Group "The Hart-Devlin Debate Revisited" 15 May 2003.

Institute of Ideas Battersea Arts Centre, London Genes and Society Conference 26-27 April 2003"Genes and Identity" 27 April 2003.

Society of Legal Scholars University of Birmingham "The Hart-Devlin Debate Revisited" 14 February 2003.

London Metropolitan University, "Confiscation without Conviction: An Assault on the Rule of Law"12 December 2002.

House of Commons Host: Brian Iddon MP (Lab) "GMC Draft Guidance on Withdrawing and Withholding Medical Treatment" May 20, 2002 Reported in Hansard, 22nd May, 2002.

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