Dr Cressida Auckland

Dr Cressida Auckland

Assistant Professor

Department of Law

Room No
NAB 7.15
Key Expertise
Medical law; mental capacity and end of life decision-making

About me

Cressida joined the Law Department as an Assistant Professor in 2019. Her research and teaching focuses on medical law, in particular on issues relating to mental capacity and end of life decision-making.

Before arriving at LSE, she was a lecturer at both Merton College and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, as well as a guest teacher at LSE. She completed her doctorate, entitled 'The cusp of capacity’, at Merton College, Oxford, which considered the robustness of the concept of capacity in law, and the appropriate legal treatment of people who are found to lack legal capacity. Prior to this, Cressida read Law at Merton College, Oxford and completed a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College, London. During her DPhil, she was also a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Administrative support: Fiona Thomas

Research Interests

Medical law, and, in particular, issues relating to mental capacity and end of life decision-making. 



Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Young Children: A Comparative Perspective (forthcoming, Hart Publishing) (with I. Goold and J. Herring)



Parental Rights, Best Interests and Significant Harms: Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Children Post-Great Ormond Street Hospital v Yates (Hart Publishing, 2019) (with I. Goold and J. Herring)

This timely collection brings together philosophical, legal and sociological perspectives on the crucial question of who should make decisions about the fate of a child suffering from a serious illness. In particular, the collection looks at whether the current 'best interests' threshold is the appropriate boundary for legal intervention, or whether it would be more appropriate to adopt the 'risk of significant harm' approach proposed in Gard. It explores the roles of parents, doctors and the courts in making decisions on behalf of children, actively drawing on perspectives from the clinic as well as academia and practice. In doing so, it teases out the potential risks of inappropriate state intrusion in parental decision-making, and considers how we might address them.

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