Jonathan Montgomery delivers inaugural lecture for Bioethics & Society programme

Professor Jonathan Montgomery
Public Bioethics and the Challenges of Legitimation

Inaugural lecture for the Bioethics & Society programme, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King’s College London

Welcome by Professors Denise Lievesley and Nikolas Rose

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

5:30-6:30 pm    “Meet & Greet” (Great Hall Entrance Hall, King’s Building, Strand Campus)
6:30-8:00 pm     Lecture (Nash Lecture Theatre, K2.31,  King’s Building, Strand Campus)
8:00-9:30 pm     Reception (Great Hall Entrance Hall, King’s Building, Strand Campus)

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Jonathan Montgomery
 is Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (the nearest the UK has to a national bioethics committee), and of the Health Research Authority (which protects and promotes the interests of participants, patients and the public in health research and aims to streamline its regulation). He is also a member of the panel of advisers to the Morecambe Bay Investigation, due to report in late 2014.

Previous national chair roles include the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (2005-14) and the Human Genetics Commission (2009-12). He served on local NHS boards in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for over twenty years up to March 2013 (fifteen as a chairman). He chaired the UK Clinical Research Collaboration Working Party on a Strategy for Brain Tissue Banking, was a member of the Committee on the Ethical Aspects of Pandemic Influenza and the Organ Donation Taskforce (for its work on presumed consent in 2008). He has contributed to a wide range of professional guidelines and was a member of the Medical Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association from 2003 to 2008.

He is Professor of Health Care Law at the University College London (UCL). His recent publications include ‘Reflections on the Nature of Public Ethics’ (2013), 22 Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 9-21 and ‘Hidden law-making in the province of medical jurisprudence’ (2014), 77(3) Modern Law Review, 343-378 (with C Jones and H Biggs). He was consulting editor for Volume 30(1) Medical Professions of Halsbury’s Laws of England (5th ed 2011) and has been one of the General Editors of the Butterworths Family Law Service since 1996

You can read more about Jonathan Montgomery’s research at http://bit.ly/1pCpvWh. You can also follow Jonathan on twitter @prof_JonMont

Bioethics and the Challenges of Public Legitimation (Abstract)

Bioethics can be considered in many ways. It is, at least, (a) a field of study, whereby we can identify exciting, interesting and controversial topics that make for stimulating enquiry; (b) an academic discipline or disciplines, whereby scholarship is brought to bear on these issues; and (c) a set of governance challenges in the public square. This lecture looks at the challenges of legitimation through the lens of the practices adopted by governance bodies, particularly in the UK. It identifies a range of legitimation strategies and considers some of the issues that they raise. While they are not entirely separate from each other, it suggests that they raise distinct, although overlapping questions that help illuminate what is needed for bioethics governance to play successfully its role in the biopolitics of the age.