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Graeme Laurie stepped down from the Chair in Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh in 2019. This edited collection pays tribute to his extraordinary contributions to the field. Graeme often spoke about the importance of 'legacy' in academic work and forged a remarkable intellectual legacy of his own, notably through his work on genetic privacy, human tissue and information governance, and the regulatory salience of the concept of liminality. The essays in this volume animate the concept of legacy to analyse the study and practice of medical jurisprudence. In this light, legacy reveals characteristics of both benefit and burden, as both an encumbrance to and facilitator of the development of law, policy and regulation. The contributions reconcile the ideas of legacy and responsiveness and show that both dimensions are critical to achieve and sustain the health of medical jurisprudence itself as a dynamic, interdisciplinary and policy-engaged field of thinking.


‘This magnificent collection of essays is a worthy tribute to one of the greats of medical law. It is a powerful reflection of the enormous contribution Graeme Laurie has made to the subject, that his work has inspired such an outstanding book.'

Jonathan Herring - DM Wolfe-Clarendon Fellow in Law, Exeter College, University of Oxford

‘An outstanding collection of essays and a fitting tribute to Graeme Laurie's academic work, his scholarly impact and an illuminating guide to many of the challenges confronting bioethics.'

Christopher Newdick - Professor Emeritus, University of Reading

‘This book is a worthy mark of the significance of Graeme Laurie's contribution to legal academia. It presents insights from some of the most impressive scholars currently working in law, ethics and medical jurisprudence. The result is a powerful testament to Graeme's legacy and the affection of his peers.'

Shaun Pattinson - Professor of Medical Law and Ethics, University of Durham

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