Professor Nils Hoppe LLB PhD ACIArb
LAW • ETHICS • SCIENCE
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I am the professor of life sciences law and ethics at the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences at the University of Hannover, as well as an associate tenant at Coram Chambers in London. My work has a particular focus on cross-border legal issues in life sciences, as well as on ethics governance in biomedical research. I have published widely, regularly give talks in this area, and provide advisory services to public and private entities. Please see below for more information.
I am a biotechnology and health lawyer, professor of ethics and law in the life sciences and the director of the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences at the University of Hannover. I am also the Dean of Research at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
I was educated at St Dunstan’s College and went on to read laws in Nottingham, Erlangen-Nürnberg and Göttingen, with a specialisation in medical law and human rights law. I was admitted to Gray’s Inn in 2001 whilst working as a legal executive in litigation at Browne Jacobson LLP and later trained as a barrister but was not called to the Bar. I subsequently became in-house counsel at Göttingen University Hospital. I later took up a position as research fellow in the Department for Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Göttingen. In 2004 I accepted a position as lecturer at the University of Hannover. In 2007 I became a senior research fellow both at the Institute for Legal Informatics and at the Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science at the University of Hannover. From 2007/2008, I coordinated the university’s medical law and bioethics research group before founding the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS), of which I am now the director. I was a junior professor from 2011 to 2013 and am now a regular professor at CELLS.
I have been a member of the University’s Ethics Committee and an external ethics expert for the European Commission since 2008. I am also a member of the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council, and an associate tenant of Coram Chambers in London. From 2009 to 2014 I was an executive board member of the European Association of Health Law and from 2010 a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Health Law. I was a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the RSM’s Open Section Council. Between 2010 and 2014, I was a regular visiting fellow to the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies at the University of Oxford. I was an Associate at the Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law at the University of Edinburgh and a visiting professor at the European School of Molecular Medicine, Milan and in the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna.
I am the founder of consentris, a university spin-off dedicated to leveraging technology to empower patients and research participants. Our aim is to funnel profits of the spin-off into a foundation which will then fund early career researchers in ELSI.
University of Hannover
Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
Am Klagesmarkt 14-17
30159 Hannover / Germany
T: +49 511 762 4949
9-11 Fulwood Place
London, WC1V 6HG
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Re JS (Disposal of Body)  EWHC 2859 (Fam) This unusual and sad case concerns a court application by a 14 year old girl, JS. In 2015 she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer which proved terminal and, at the time of her application, she was receiving palliative care as an in-patient at […]
In which a Law Society Gazette reporter silently appropriates academic writing and pretends that he conducted an interview to make his article more interesting.
See update (21 Aug 2014 2218 CET) at bottom of text. A recent amusing Twitter exchange between myself, colleagues, and a chap who writes for an online magazine reignited some thoughts I had about the interplay between scholarly discourse and public perception. You may recall that there were recent reports about an Australian couple […]
There is much potential for debate about the merits, or lack thereof, of the Medical Innovation Bill (and I will not do that right now, though maybe at some other time if I get around to it). What struck me when I was reading the consultation documents was that the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt (though […]
The last 25 years since the inception of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (the 1990 Act, or the Act) have seen a small cluster of interesting cases on how the law governs stored sperm. It is worth bearing in mind that all of these cases have as their backdrop individuals who have tried […]
The Essex C-Section case has attracted a fair bit of commentary. The facts: Court determines an elective caesarian, if need be using reasonable restraint, to be in the bests interests of a woman with mental health issues. The child is subsequently taken into care. I was going to write my own commentary but the work […]
Explaining ‘ethics’ to some scientists is difficult at best and impossible in some cases. The term is sometimes used by those who should be concerned about the ethics of their research as a label or (to paraphrase and distort others) a flak jacket against moral objections to their work. In the case of the University […]
Translation is the process we use to describe the transition of a (scientific) innovation from conception to deployment. The different stages of translation raise different normative questions (and the exact movement from one normative translational stage to another is extremely interesting and worth looking at for a life sciences lawyer). Magic things happen to the […]
China will phase out using executed prisoners as organ ‘donors’ in the next five years, the Guardian reports today. It would be interesting to see what the policy reasons behind this move are (undoubtedly much too complex a political and cultural context for me to completely appreciate). There are, in my view, persuasive moral and […]
I have loosely followed the discussion raging (for want of a better word) on the JME blog and in some other media about Giubilini and Minerva’s article on abortion and infanticide. I won’t pretend that I managed to read all of the contributions to the mêlée and I have to admit that it got pretty […]