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, and a member of the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council until its dissolution in 2014. 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.