Welcoming Visiting Fellow Andrea Mulligan

Date Published: 09.02.2022

To what extent does clinical negligence provide a legal mechanism for vindication of the rights of people who encounter errors in healthcare settings?

This is one of the questions under investigation by Visiting Fellow Dr Andrea Mulligan over the course of the next two terms here at Wadham.  

Andrea, who is Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin, conducts research in the field of Medical Law and Ethics, with a specialisation in the regulation of human reproduction, addressing issues such as surrogacy, reproductive gene editing and termination of pregnancy. Her recent work has focused on legal protections for the right to identity, and on the interaction between tort law and fundamental rights in human reproduction and medicine.

During her time at Wadham she is also working as Principal Investigator on the CORALE Study, a project funded by the Irish Research Council. “This project investigates conscientious objection in termination of pregnancy in Ireland subsequent to the roll out of legal abortion services in Ireland in 2019,” she explains.

Alongside her academic work, Andrea is a practising barrister, specialising in Medical Law, Surrogacy and Data Protection Law. She has represented clients before the Supreme Court of Ireland and the Court of Justice of the European Union. She regularly acts in complex clinical negligence cases concerning catastrophic birth injuries. Andrea's academic work strongly informs her legal practice, and vice versa.

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