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Personal Statement

I am currently Senior Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning in the Law School, and have been at Strathclyde since 2006. I currently teach and co-ordinate two Honours classes - Law, Persons and Property (Honours) and Issues in Healthcare Law and Ethics (Honours). I obtained my LLB (Honours) and LLM (by research) from the University of Glasgow, before being awarded my PhD from Cardiff University in 2005. Before joining Strathclyde Law School, I held lectureships at the Universities of Nottingham (2004-2006) and Dundee (2003-2004).

My main research interests are in Healthcare Law, Bioethics, and Legal Theory, and my current research focuses on beginning and end of life issues, theories of property, and meta-disciplinary concepts such as dignity, sanctity, and love. I am currently writing several articles/chapters on conscientious objection, abortion, and assisted dying, and I am also working on a monograph on the concepts of personhood and property in the context of pregnancy, under contract with Routledge.

I supervise a number of doctoral research students, and I welcome applications in Healthcare Law and/or Ethics (particularly beginning and end of life issues, the nature of healthcare, and the professional/patient relationship), Legal Theory/Philosophy, Human Dignity, and theoretical aspects of Property.

I am currently a member of the BMA Medical Ethics Committee, and in February 2014 I was appointed as the Adviser to the Parliamentary Committee scrutinising the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.


Some recent and forthcoming publications include:

Books & book chapters

  • The Jurisprudence of Pregnancy: Concepts of Conflict, Persons and Property (Routledge; forthcoming 2017)
  • Ethical Judgments: Re-writing Medical Law (Hart, 2016) (co-editor and contributor)
  • ‘Discovering dignity: unpacking the emotional content of killing narratives’ in H Conway and J Stannard (eds) The Emotional Dynamics of Law and Legal Discourse (Hart, 2016)
  •  ‘Locating Lawful Abortion on the Spectrum of Proper Medical Treatment’ in S Fovargue and A Mullock (eds.) The Legitimacy of Medical Treatment: What Role for the Medical Exception? (Routledge, 2015) 124-141

Peer-reviewed journal contributions

  •  ‘Death benefits: Physician-assisted dying, justification, and the problem of posthumous interests” (in progress)
  • ‘Conscience as Integrity: Defending Conscience Rights in the Healthcare Context’ (with Sara Fovargue) (in press, 2016)
  • ‘When Conscience Isn’t Clear: Greater Glasgow Health Board v Doogan and Another [2014] UKSC 68’ Medical Law Review (published online 30 August 2015)
  • ‘Commentary: The Scope of the Conscience-Based Exemption in Section 4(1) of the Abortion Act 1967: Doogan and Wood v NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board [2013] CSIH 36’  Medical Law Review,(Summer 2014) 22 (3): 409-421 (first published online January 20, 2014)
  • ‘In Good Conscience: Conscience-Based Exemptions and Proper Medical Treatment’ Medical Law Review (published online 5 May 2015) (with Sara Fovargue)
  • ‘Respect for human dignity as substantive basic norm’ (2014) International Journal of Law in Context, 41(1)


Teaching Interests

Healthcare Law


Legal Theory / Jurisprudence

Theories of Property

Research Interests

Healthcare Law and Bioethics

Legal Theory / Legal Philosophy

Human Rights

Theories of Property

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cardiff

Master of Laws, University of Glasgow

Bachelor of Laws, University of Glasgow


  • Medical Law
  • Healthcare Law
  • Bioethics
  • Theories of Property
  • Personhood
  • Human Dignity
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Theory
  • Law

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Law Social Sciences
conscience Social Sciences
abortion Social Sciences
exemption Social Sciences
act Social Sciences
human dignity Social Sciences
human rights Social Sciences
Personhood Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2012 2019

Selected Research Output 2003 2017

9 Citations

In good conscience: conscience-based exemptions and proper medical treatment

Fovargue, S. & Neal, M. 2015 In : Medical Law Review. 23, 2, p. 221-241 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
physician's care
Refusal to Participate
4 Citations
8 Citations

Respect for human dignity as 'substantive basic norm'

Neal, M. 1 Mar 2014 In : International Journal of Law in Context. 10, 1, p. 26-46 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
human dignity
legal system
11 Citations

Not gods but animals: human dignity and vulnerable subjecthood

Neal, M. Nov 2012 In : Liverpool Law Review. 23, 3, p. 177-200 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
human dignity
6 Citations

Dignity, law and language-games

Neal, M. Mar 2012 In : International Journal for the Semiotics of Law . 25, 1, p. 107-122 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

human dignity
human being

Nothing and Not-Nothing: Law's ambivalent response to transformation and transgression at the beginning of life

Ford, M. Dec 2009 The Legal, Medical and Cultural Regulation of the Body: Transformation and Transgression. Smith, S. W. & Deazley, R. (eds.). p. 21-46 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

sociology studies
cultural studies
4 Citations

Evans v United Kingdom: what implications for the jurisprudence of pregnancy?

Ford, M. 2008 In : Human Rights Law Review. 8, 1, p. 171-184 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

human rights
4 Citations

A property model of pregnancy

Ford, M. 2005 In : International Journal of Law in Context. 1, 3, p. 261-293 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

decision making

The consent model of pregnancy: deadlock undiminished

Ford, M. 2005 In : McGill Law Journal. 50, 3, p. 619-668 50 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Legal Abortion
11 Citations

The personhood paradox and the 'right to die'

Ford, M. 2005 In : Medical Law Review. 13, 1, p. 80-101 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Right to Die
human being
Persistent Vegetative State
quality of life


Legal aspects of transmission of digital assets on death

Author: Harbinja, E., 1 Jan 2015

Supervisor: Edwards, L. (Supervisor) & Neal, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

What is the family of the law? The influence of the nuclear family model

Author: Brown, A., 1 Oct 2013

Supervisor: Neal, M. (Supervisor) & Norrie, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Selected Activities 2003 2017

David Price Memorial Seminar Series

Neal, M. (Invited speaker)
17 Sep 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Law and Emotions

Neal, M. (Invited speaker)
26 Mar 2013

Activity: Participation in conference