Dr. Kartina A. Choong

Reader in Medical Law and Ethics

School of Law and Social Science

Harris Building, HB212

+44 (0) 1772 89 3681


Subject Areas: Law

Dr Choong joined The School of Law and Social Science in academic year 2007/2008, having previously held academic appointments at the Universities of Durham, Leeds Metropolitan and Reading. She is a qualified Barrister, an Accredited Mediator, and an accredited Mediation Representative.

She is the Deputy Vice-Chair of UCLan’s Research Ethics Committee for Business, Arts, Humanities and Social Science (BAHSS); and sits on the University Review Panel (URP), and the Culture and Creative Industries’ Faculty Ethics Committee. She is also the Research Lead for the UCLan Centre for Mediation.

Full Profile

Research interests: Medical Law and Ethics; Religiously and Culturally-Sensitive End of Life Care; Organ Procurement; Professional Liability; Medical Mediation; Comparative Law, and Legal Pluralism.

Academic Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. (Medical Law), University of Manchester, 2001
  • M.A. Islamic Studies, University of Leeds, 2003
  • M.A.(Econ) Applied Social Research, University of Manchester, 1997
  • M.A. Health Care Ethics, University of Manchester, 1995
  • LL.B.(Hons), University of Cardiff, 1993
  • PG Cert. (Academic Practice), University of Reading, 2007
Professional Qualifications:
  • Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn, London, 1995
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2011
  • Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator, UCLan/Catalyst Mediation, 2014
  • Accredited Mediation Representative, UCLan, 2018
Teaching activities and responsibilities:
  • LW3007 Medicine and the Law (Module Leader)
  • LA3091 Tort Law
  • LA4608 International Commercial Mediation
  • UM1020 Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine 1
  • UM2020 Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine 2
  • Supervision of PhD, MPhil, LLM, LLB and GDL Theses


L.Harkin, K. Beaver, P. Dey & K. A. Choong, 'Secret Groups and Open Forums: Defining Online Support Communities from the Perspective of People Affected by Cancer', Digital Health (2020).

K.A. Choong (ed.), Medical Futility in Paediatrics: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives (Trivent Publishing, 2019).

I.G. Finlay, K. A. Choong & S. R. Nimmagadda, 'Is UNESCO's Undergraduate Bioethics Intergrated Curriculum (Medical) Fit for Purpose?' (2019) 45(9) Journal of Medical Ethics, pp. 600-603.

K.A. Choong, 'Can "Medical Futility" Conflicts be Mediated?' (2018) 6(1) Journal of Medical Law and Ethics, pp. 41-53.

More publications



‘Organ Donation: Should a Presumed Consent be Sufficiently Informed?’, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 14th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law, Porto, 11th-14th May 2020.

'Diagnosis of Death in British ICUs: Why Parliament Should Legislate', International Conference on Law and Culture: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on the End of Life, Paris, 10-11 March 2020 (invited paper).

'Religious Objection to Neurological Death: Is "Reasonable Accommodation" Legally Feasible?', The Law and Brain Death Seminar, 39 Essex Chambers, London, 26 February 2020 (invited paper).

‘E-Professionalism: A Comparative Study of How Doctors and Dentists are Regulated in the UK’ (with R. Law & S. Kanagasingam), Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Conference, Preston, 3-6 September 2019.

‘Organ Procurement: An Islamic Appraisal of “Presumed Consent” ’, 25th World Congress for Medical Law, Tokyo, 6-8 August 2019.

‘The New Approach to Organ and Tissue Donation in England: A Faith-Sensitive Proposal?’,  2nd Global Conference on the End of Life Experience, Bruges, 13-14 April 2019.

‘Palliative Care: The Significance and Benefits of Legal Regulation’, Muslim and Christian Perspectives on Palliative Care and End of Life Conference, organised by Georgetown University Qatar and the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, Doha 22-23 January 2019 (invited paper).

‘Challenges to the Assisted Dying Law in the UK: From Pretty to Conway’ (with R. Law), International End of Life Colloquium, Florence, 25-27 June 2018 (invited paper).

Conferences (Cont.)

‘E-Professionalism: Ethico-Legal Issues on the Use of Social Media’ (with U. Chauhan), GP Trainers’ Business Meeting, Middleton, 21 June 2018 (invited paper).

‘Death Before Organ Donation: Exploring the Chasm Between Lay and Professional Knowledge’, International Conference for Phenomenology of Medicine and Bioethics, Stockholm, Sweden, 13-15 June 2018.

‘Withdrawal of Treatment from Patients with Disorders of Consciousness: When Medicine and Religion Collide’ (with M. Chandia), 2nd International Conference on Bioethics in the New Age of Science, University of Szeged, Hungary, 10-11 May 2018.

‘Organ Procurement: Should Ghana Import a Western Definition of Death?’, Law, Medicine and Ethics Conference, Faculty of Law, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, 12 April 2018 (Keynote).

‘Do It But Don’t Get Caught? Exploring Social Media and the Professionalism of Law Students’ (with S. Price), Association of Law Teachers Conference, University of Keele, 26-27 March 2018.

‘Can All Healthcare Disputes be Mediated? Reflections on Charlie Gard and Similar Cases’, Medical Mediation Conference, UCLan Preston, 23 March 2018.

‘Presumed Consent for Organ Donation in England: Are We Forgetting Something?’, The End of Life Experience Global Conference: Dying, Death and Culture in the 21st Century, Lisbon, Portugal, 17-18 March 2018.


External Examiner

  • University of Mauritius (2011-2014)
  • DeMontfort University (2010-2013)

Committee Membership:

  • British Medical Journal (BMJ) (Ethics Committee)
  • UNESCO Chair in Bioethics International Forum of Teachers (UK Branch)

Grant Applications Referee for:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Flanders Research Foundation of Belgium
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Wellcome Trust

Reviewer for Articles and Book Proposals for: 

  • Applied Ethics: From Bioethics to Environmental Ethics
  • Australian Journal of Asian Law
  • European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance
  • Global Journal of Comparative Law
  • International Journal of Human Rights
  • Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
  • Journal of Civil and Legal Sciences
  • Journal of Religion and Health
  • UKM Journal of Management
  • Hodder Publications
  • Oxford University Press
  • Pearson Education
  • Routledge

Subject Specialist for Medical Ethics and Religion for:

  • INTUTE: Arts & Humanities (formerly the HUMBUL Humanities Hub based at the University of Oxford) (2002-2010)


  • Journal of Medical Law and Ethics
  • Applied Ethics: From Bioethics to Environmental Ethics
  • KNUST Africa Healthcare Law Review


  • National Mediation Competition

Visiting Professor:

  • Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany
  • Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing
  • Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
  • Multimedia University, Malaysia
  • UCLan Cyprus
  • Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France
  • University of Białystok, Poland
  • University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • University of Istanbul, Turkey