Forensic, ethical and medical aspects of neuroscience, regulation of health and bioscience technologies, robotics, neurodiversity and constructions of disability, decision-making capacity, body alteration, neurorehabilitation, end of life decision-making, psychoactive substance use, enhancement, ethical and legal relations between species, critical/cultural theory and feminist perspectives applied to all the above.
Major research project
As a member of the EU funded FET Flagship Initiative Robot Companions for Citizens Ethics and Society Working Group, I am investigating the ethical and legal implications of the creation of sentient robots as companions for citizens, particularly as the European population ages.
Member of NICE (National Institue for Health and Clinical Excellence) Guideline Development Group for Autism in Children and Young People.
Some examples of Robin's media appearances are here.
Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
Teaching and Supervision
Robin convenes the postgraduate taught LLM and the undergraduate modules in Medical Law and Ethics, as well as the undergraduate module Law & Neuroscience: Forensic, Ethical & Medical Aspects.
All areas of Medical Law and Ethics, Intellectual Property and Banking Law.
Ben Slight: the ethics and economics of euthanasia arguments: the shortcomings of principilism
Mohammed Alhamz : Shariah law and the emergence of mobile banking in Saudi Arabia
Pamela White: Altruism in reproductive technologies
Jantje Technau: Bioethics and Ayurvedic medicine
Turki Al Nasser: Shariah law, international agreements and copyright in Saudi Arabia
Jonathan Austin-Joness: PhD The concept of fair play in sports regulation and biotechnologies
R Batchelor, Policy implications and ethical issues arising from E-health initiatives using social networking sites [SNS] in a therapeutic context for those with declining decision-making competence and capacity.
H. bin Hasher, Liability and coverage in health care in Saudi Arabia
M. Shariff, The best interests of the child in Malaysia
Other Academic Activities
- On editorial committee of Feminist Legal Studies
- Member of the EU funded FET Flagship Initiative Robot Companions for Citizens Ethics and Society Working Group, special responsibility for law and for ethical and legal aspects of human/robots social interaction
- Member of the National Council for Palliative Care Ethics Committee
- Member of London South East Research Ethics Committee
- South East Research Ethics Committee
- Robin has provided advice to Welcome Trust on Intellectual Property and Ethics issues and regularly reviews research grant applications for major funding bodies
- East Kent University Hospital Research and Development Committee
- Member of NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) Guideline Development Group for Autism in Children and Young People
- Past member of Family Justice Council Working Party on Domestic Violence and Kent Family Justice Council,
- Past member of National Institute for Healthcare and Clinical Excellence Long Term Conditions Topic Selection Panel.
- Postgraduate student liaison