Jackson, Emily

Professor Emily Jackson  


Position held

Professor of Law and Head of Department


Experience keywords:

HFEA; IVF; PGD; abortion; assisted conception; assisted dying; assisted suicide; bioethics; capacity; consent; embryo research; euthanasia; malpractice litigation; medical ethics; medical law; mental health law; negligence; rationing; reproduction; reproductive technologies; research ethics; resource allocation; treatment of children

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Emily Jackson's research interests are in the field of medical law and ethics. She is Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, of which she has been a member since 2003, and has a particular interest in the regulation of reproductive technologies and stem cell research. Emily is also a member of the BMA Medical Ethics Committee, and of the Royal College of Pathologists Ethics Committee. She is Articles Editor and on the Editorial Board of the 'Modern Law Review', and on the Editorial Boards of 'Health Economics, Policy and Law', 'Biosocieties', and the Advisory Board of the 'Journal of Law and Society'.

Other areas of interest are assisted dying, abortion, organ donation, research ethics, resource allocation and consent.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Healthcare; Law; Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Media experience:

Radio; TV

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Jackson, Emily (2018) Legalising assisted dying: cross purposes and unintended consequences Dalhousie Law Journal. ISSN 0317-1663 (In Press)

Jackson, Emily (2018) From ‘doctor knows best’ to dignity: placing adults who lack capacity at the centre of decisions about their medical treatment Modern Law Review, 81 (2). 247-281. ISSN 0026-7961

Flessas, Tatiana and Jackson, Emily (2018) Too expensive to treat? Non-treatment decisions at the margins of viability Medical Law Review. ISSN 0967-0742 (In Press)

Jackson, Emily (2018) The ambiguities of ‘social’ egg freezing and the challenges of informed consent Biosocieties, 13 (1). 21-40. ISSN 1745-8552


Jackson, Emily (2017) Ethical dilemmas in obstetrics and gynaecology In: Edmonds, Keith, (ed.) Dewhurst's Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 9th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.

Jackson, Emily and Feldschreiber, P and Breckenridge, A (2017) Regulatory consequences of “Brexit” for the development of medicinal products Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 102. 183-184. ISSN 0009-9236

Jackson, Emily and Millbank, Jenni and Karpin, Isabel and Stuhmcke, Anita (2017) Learning from cross-border reproduction Medical Law Review, 25 (1). 23-46. ISSN 0967-0742

Harper, Joyce and Jackson, Emily and Spoelstra-Witjens, Laura and Reisel, Dan (2017) Using an introduction website to start a family: implications for users and health practitioners Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online, 4. 13-17. ISSN 2405-6618

Harper, Joyce and Jackson, Emily and Sermon, Karen and Aitken, Robert John and Harbottle, Stephen and Mocanu, Edgar and Hardarson, Thorir and Mathur, Raj and Viville, Stephane and Vail, Andy and Lundin, Kersti (2017) Adjuncts in the IVF laboratory: where is the evidence for ‘add-on’ interventions? Human Reproduction, 32 (3). 485-491. ISSN 0268-1161


Jackson, Emily (2016) Medical law: text, cases, and materials 4th ed., Oxford University Press, London, UK. ISBN 9780198743507 (In Press)

Jackson, Emily (2016) ‘Abortion’ In: McHale, Jean and Laing, Judith, (eds.) Principles of Medical Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198732518

Jackson, Emily (2016) Egg freezing has little to do with inflexible workplaces LSE Business Review (23 Feb 2016) Blog entry

Jackson, Emily (2016) ‘Social’ egg freezing and the UK’s statutory storage time limits Journal of Medical Ethics, 42 (11). 738-741. ISSN 0306-6800

Jackson, Emily (2016) UK law and international commercial surrogacy: 'the very antithesis of sensible' Journal of Medical Law and Ethics, 4 (3). 197-214. ISSN 2213-5405


Jackson, Emily (2015) DIY abortion and harm reduction In: Ferguson, Pamela and Laurie, Graeme, (eds.) Inspiring a Medico-Legal Revolution: Essays in Honour of Sheila McLean. Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, UK, 25-36. ISBN 9781472434289

Jackson, Emily (2015) The law and DIY assisted conception In: Horsey, Kirsty, (ed.) Revisiting the Regulation of Human Fertilisation and Embryology. Biomedical law and ethics library. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 31-49. ISBN 9781138021891

Jackson, Emily (2015) The relationship between medical law and good medical ethics Journal of Medical Ethics, 41 (1). 95-98. ISSN 0306-6800

Jackson, Emily (2015) A response to saviour siblings: a relational approach to the welfare of the child in selective reproduction Journal of Medical Ethics, 41 (12). 929-930. ISSN 0306-6800


Jackson, Emily (2014) Regulating non-invasive prenatal testing: the view from the UK Japanese Journal of Law and Political Science - Hosei University, 50. 9-19.

Jackson, Emily (2014) Assisted conception and surrogacy in the United Kingdom In: Eekelaar, John and George, Rob, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy. Routledge handbooks. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 189-200. ISBN 9780415640404


Jackson, Emily (2013) Compensating egg donors In: Madhok, Sumi and Phillips, Anne and Wilson, Kalpana, (eds.) Gender, Agency and Coercion. Thinking gender in transnational times. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 181-194. ISBN 9780230300323

Jackson, Emily (2013) Regulating embryo research: a regulator’s perspective In: Flear, Mark and Farrell, Anne-Maree and Hervey, Tamara K. and Murphy, Thérèse, (eds.) European law and New Health Technologies. Oxford studies in European law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 275-281. ISBN 9780199659210

Jackson, Emily (2013) The Liverpool  care  pathway  review Elder Law Journal, 3 (4). 402-404. ISSN 2044-9593

Jackson, Emily (2013) Medical law: text, cases and materials 3rd, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199693603


Jackson, Emily (2012) Statutory regulation of PGD: unintended consequences and future challenges In: McLean, Sheila A. M. and Elliston, Sarah, (eds.) Regulating Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis. Biomedical law & ethics library. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 71-88. ISBN 9780415686440

Jackson, Emily (2012) The minimally conscious state and treatment withdrawal: W v M Journal of Medical Ethics, 39 (9). 559-561. ISSN 0306-6800

Jackson, Emily (2012) S.H. and Others v. Austria Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 25 (7). 663-664. ISSN 1472-6483

Jackson, Emily (2012) Law and the regulation of medicines Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781849461795


Jackson, Emily (2011) Commentary 2: criminalising the supply of tobacco Health Economics, Policy and Law, 6 (02). 279-281. ISSN 1744-1331

Jackson, Emily and Abdalla, Hossam (2011) IVF birth data presentation: its impact on clinical practice and patient choice In: Ebtehaj, Fatemeh and Herring, Jonathan and Johnson, Martin and Richards, Martin, (eds.) Birth Rites and Rights. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 271-284. ISBN 9781849461887

Jackson, Emily (2011) A new amendment on abortion guidance will instead institute delays for women seeking medical help British Politics and Policy at LSE (31 Aug 2011) Blog entry

Jackson, Emily (2011) UK citizens can access assisted suicide, but they must travel to Zurich in order to do so: this is illogical, but more importantly, it imposes an unfair burden on terminally ill individuals British Politics and Policy at LSE (3 Jun 2011) Blog entry

Jackson, Emily and Keown, John (2011) Debating euthanasia Debating law (3). Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781849461788


Jackson, Emily (2010) Abortion In: Grubb, Andrew and Laing, Judith and McHale, Jean and Kennedy, Ian, (eds.) Principles of Medical Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 863-902. ISBN 9780199544400

Jackson, Emily (2010) Re N (a child): commentary In: Hunter, Rosemary and McGlynn, Clare and Rackley, Erika, (eds.) Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice. Hart Publishing, Oxford, 83-88. ISBN 9781849460538

Jackson, Emily (2010) Top-up payments for expensive cancer drugs: rationing, fairness and the NHS Modern Law Review, 73 (3). 399-427. ISSN 0026-7961


Kendall, Tim and McGoey, Linsey and Jackson, Emily (2009) If NICE was in the USA The Lancet, 374 (9686). 272-273. ISSN 0140-6736

Jackson, Emily (2009) Medical law: text, cases and materials 2nd, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199551927

McGoey, L. and Jackson, Emily (2009) Seroxat and the suppression of clinical trial data: regulatory failure and the convenience of legal ambiguity Journal of Medical Ethics, 35 (2). 107-112. ISSN 0306-6800


Jackson, Emily (2008) Degendering reproduction? Medical Law Review, 16 (3). 369-389. ISSN 0967-0742

Jackson, Emily (2008) Enshrining the right to live or die Nature, 453 (7193). 284-285. ISSN 0028-0836

Jackson, Emily (2008) The donation of eggs for research and the rise of neopaternalism In: Freeman, Michael, (ed.) Law and Bioethics. Current legal issues (11). Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 286-302. ISBN 9780199545520

Jackson, Emily (2008) The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2007 Expert Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 3 (4). 429-431. ISSN 1747-4108

Jackson, Emily (2008) Secularism, sanctity and the wrongness of killing Biosocieties, 3 (2). 125-145. ISSN 1745-8552


Jackson, Emily (2007) Death, euthanasia and the medical profession In: Brooks-Gordon, Belinda and Ebtehaj, Fatemeh and Herring, Jonathon and Johnson, Martin and Richards, Martin, (eds.) Death Rites and Rights. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 37-55. ISBN 9781841137322

Jackson, Emily (2007) Prisoners, their partners and the right to family life Child and Family Law Quarterly, 19 (2). 239-246. ISSN 1358-8184


Jackson, Emily (2006) Medical law: text, cases and materials Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199261277

Jackson, Emily (2006) What is a parent? In: Diduck, Alison and O'Donovan, Katherine, (eds.) Feminist Perspectives on Family Law. Feminist Perspectives. Routledge-Cavendish, London, UK, 59-74. ISBN 9781904385424

Jackson, Emily (2006) Rethinking the preconception welfare principle In: Horsey, Kirsty and Biggs, Hazel, (eds.) Human Fertilisation and Embryology: Reproducing Regulation. Biomedical law & ethics library. Routledge-Cavendish, London, UK, 47-67. ISBN 9781844720910

Jackson, Emily (2006) Informed consent and the impotence of tort In: McLean, Sheila A. M., (ed.) First Do No Harm: Law, Ethics and Healthcare. Applied legal philosophy. Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, UK, 273-286. ISBN 9780754626145

Jackson, Emily (2006) Fraudulent stem cell research and respect for the embryo Biosocieties, 1 (3). 349-356. ISSN 1745-8552


Jackson, Emily (2004) Whose death is it anyway? Euthanasia and the medical profession Current Legal Problems, 57 (1). 415-442. ISSN 0070-1998


Jackson, Emily (2003) Public opinion and the regulation of conception In: Morgan, W. John and Livingstone, Stephen, (eds.) Law and Opinion in Twentieth-Century Britain and Ireland. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 84-108. ISBN 9780333800898


Jackson, Emily (2002) Abortion: medical paternalism or patient autonomy? In: Lee, Ellie, (ed.) Abortion: Whose Right?. Debating matters. Hodder and Stoughton, London, UK, 1-15. ISBN 9780340857366

Lee, Ellie and Jackson, Emily (2002) The pregnant body In: Evans, Mary and Lee, Ellie, (eds.) Real Bodies: a Sociological Introduction. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 115-132. ISBN 9780333947517

Jackson, Emily (2002) Feminist perspectives on health care law Medical Law Review, 10 (1). 107-109. ISSN 0967-0742

Jackson, Emily and Lacey, Nicola (2002) Introducing feminist legal theory In: Penner, James E. and Schiff, David and Nobles, Richard, (eds.) Introduction to Jurisprudence and Legal Theory: Commentary and Materials. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 779-853. ISBN 9780406946782

Jackson, Emily (2002) Conception and the irrelevance of the welfare principle Modern Law Review, 65 (2). 176-203. ISSN 0026-7961


Jackson, Emily (2001) Regulating reproduction: law, technology and autonomy Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781841130545


Jackson, Emily (2000) Abortion, autonomy and prenatal diagnosis Social and Legal Studies, 9 (4). 467-494. ISSN 0964-6639

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Emily Jackson first joined LSE in 1998. After graduating from the University of Oxford, she worked as a research officer at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in Oxford. Her first teaching position was at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and she has also taught at Birkbeck College and Queen Mary, University of London. Emily’s research interests are in the field of medical law. She is Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and a member of the British Medical Association Medical Ethics Committee.

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