Mary Neal

Senior Lecturer

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


    Research areas

  • Medical Law, Healthcare Law, Bioethics, Theories of Property, Personhood, Human Dignity, Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, Law
  1. In good conscience: conscience-based exemptions and proper medical treatment

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Respect for human dignity as 'substantive basic norm'

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Not gods but animals: human dignity and vulnerable subjecthood

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  4. Dignity, law and language-games

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewComment/debate

  6. A property model of pregnancy

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  7. The consent model of pregnancy: deadlock undiminished

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  8. The personhood paradox and the 'right to die'

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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  1. David Price Memorial Seminar Series

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. Law and Emotions

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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