Amanda-Jane Ward

Amanda-Jane Ward


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Personal Statement


Amanda Ward is a PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde researching Scots Law in relation to Assisted Dying. She holds an LLM (R) in Medical Law from the University of Glasgow. 

Amanda is a University tutor and has taught/co-ordinated various courses on the LLB programme at the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde, including Healthcare Law and Ethics.

A member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Health & Medical Committee, Amanda recently visited the USA to work with legislators, medical professionals and academics undertaking research into end of life lessons in the USA, specifically Oregon and California’s approach to Assisted Dying.

Amanda has a keen interest in Public Policy and was legal advisor to Patrick Harvie MSP on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill 2015. She is currently Secretary to the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on End of Life Choices. She holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish charity, Friends at the End, and regularly publishes articles in the mainstream media.




Research Interests

Amanda's main research interests are in Healthcare/Medical Law, Bioethics, Public Policy, Criminal Law and Public Law to a lesser extent. She also has an interest in political systems, having worked on various projects at the Scottish Parliament and with overseas legislators. 

Her current research focuses on end-of-life issues, law reform, political philosophy and meta-disciplinary concepts such as sanctity, dignity, compassion and vulnerability. 

Amanda is currently writing a book chapter as contribution to the edited collection 'Death Rights' being published by Routledge in 2020. She is also co-drafting an article on conscientious objection with Dr Mary Neal. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Healthcare Law
  • Medical Law
  • Bioethics
  • Law and Politics
  • Law (General)
  • End of Life
  • public policy


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