About: Jacqueline Laing

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Jacqueline Laing teaches Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Law and Religion at London Metropolitan University. Educated in Calcutta, India, and Canberra, Australia, she completed her doctorate in jurisprudence at Brasenose College, Oxford, after taking degrees in philosophy and law at the Australian National University. There she won prizes in philosophy and jurisprudence and a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at Oxford. She has taught at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, briefly at the Open University and at the University of Melbourne. She has legal experience as a UK Crown Prosecutor, and as a clerk to a judge in Canberra. She has contributed to broadcast discussions on medical law and ethics. Her publications include the books, Human Lives: Critical Essays on Consequentialist Bioethics and The Natural Law Reader, articles in journals such as the Medical Law Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, New Law Journal, Journal of Criminal Law, Monist International Journal of Philosophical Enquiry, European Journal of Health Law and editorial comment pages in the national and international press. Founder of Juris, a forum for jurisprudential discussion at London Metropolitan University, she helped organise the 2008 conference entitled Disability Matters and the 2010 conference, Life and Death Matters. Co-organiser of the law research seminars since 2010, her research interests include: Jurisprudence, Criminal Law, Medical Law, Ethics and Human Rights on which subjects she is currently supervising a number of students.

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Posts by Jacqueline Laing:

Alfie Evans: Liberty, Institutional Power and Family Life

Alfie Evans: Liberty, Institutional Power and Family Life

April 26, 2018 at 8:14 am 1 comment

All the powers of the British state are now lined up against the life of little Alfie Evans. Police officers are deployed outside Alder Hey Hospital and uniformed police secure the room in which Alfie lies. In a series of judgements, the courts have pronounced that it is in theRead More

Parliament overwhelmingly rejects assisted suicide

Parliament overwhelmingly rejects assisted suicide

September 13, 2015 at 7:41 pm 0 comments

Parliament voted against legalising assisted suicide yesterday by an overwhelming majority of 330 to 118. Of the 448 MPs voting, 73% opposed Labour MP Rob Marris’s proposed legislation with 210 Conservatives, 91 Labour MPs  and 11 Scottish National Party MPs rejecting the Bill. Although it is generally thought there isRead More

Three-parent children, germ-line gene manipulation and designer humans

Three-parent children, germ-line gene manipulation and designer humans

February 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm 0 comments

Today’s vote in Parliament in favour of allowing three parent children makes the UK the first country to cross internationally respected bioethical red lines. It does so first by allowing the creation of human beings using DNA from three human beings and secondly, by opening the door to germ-line geneRead More

Belgium in the grip of suicide

Belgium in the grip of suicide

February 10, 2014 at 7:28 am 0 comments

What happens when a suicidal vision grips a nation? First, the young are eliminated. In 2013 the total fertility rate of Belgium was 1.65 – nowhere near the 2.1 rate needed for population replacement. The bulk of the births was supplied by non-native Belgians in any case. Then state sanctioned medical killing is recommendedRead More

Deadly guidance

Deadly guidance

January 31, 2014 at 9:31 pm 0 comments

The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) professes to be involved in public engagement on a proposed substitute for the UK’s Liverpool Care Pathway. Families of victims who died on the pathway and many who made submissions to the Neuberger Review have been omitted from its trumpetedRead More

A serious conflict of interest and the death pathway review

A serious conflict of interest and the death pathway review

January 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm 0 comments

Baroness Julia Neuberger was chair of the 2012-13 Review into the Liverpool Care Pathway. The Review was ordered after it emerged, thanks to some revealing Freedom of Information Act requests, that hundreds of thousands of people had died on the financially incentivized Pathway after 2008 when the strategy to increase numbersRead More

On the function and purpose of an inquest

January 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm 0 comments

Neither justice nor public confidence has been served by the costly three month inquest into Mark Duggan’s death. Part of the problem is that the inquest has been used as the vehicle for an examination of matters more appropriate, at least in cases like these, to the criminal process. TheRead More

Euthanasia, Belgium and the slippery slope

Euthanasia, Belgium and the slippery slope

November 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm 0 comments

The slippery slope argument is rightly regarded a logical fallacy, but a prediction based on sound reasoning is far from irrational. As if to prove the accuracy of predictions once widely dismissed as slippery slope fallacies, the Belgian Senate Committee has voted 13 to 4 in favour of allowing euthanasiaRead More

More serviceable dupes

More serviceable dupes

November 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm 0 comments

In my last post I made the following observation about professionals who agitate for the substantial lowering, if not outright abolition, of the age of consent. “To normalise the abnormal, there should be a ready supply of ‘useful idiots’. These are the journalists and quasi-intellectuals that can be relied on toRead More

Destigmatising paedophilia

Destigmatising paedophilia

October 31, 2013 at 1:41 pm 0 comments

After certain press criticism and a productive online backlash in the blogosphere, the American Psychiatric Association is performing a gratifying volte-face in its use of the term sexual “orientation” for paedophilia. In its fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has distinguishedRead More