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Jonathan Montgomery   JONATHAN MONTGOMERY
BA (Hons) (Cantab), LLM (Cantab), HonFRCPCH
Professor of Health Care Law

contact details:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7678 1438| internal: 21438
Email: jonathan.montgomery@ucl.ac.uk

Jonathan Montgomery is Professor of Health Care Law. He joined UCL in 2013. 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.

In addition to his academic work, he has undertaken a number of significant public service roles. These currently include Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (the nearest the UK has to a national bioethics committee), Chair 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) and being 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 was a member of the Medical Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association from 2003 to 2008. He has contributed to a wide range of professional guidelines, including:

Jonathan Montgomery is widely recognised as both having redefined his subject area and made a significant contribution to its theoretical understanding. The three principal strands of his approach have been that (a) the subject area is better understood as ‘Health Care Law’ than ‘Medical Law’, (b) the widespread assumption that ‘medical law’ is concerned with subjecting doctors to legal regulation in order to promote ethical goals, misrepresents the practice of law-makers who have mostly sought to integrate professional norms into legal practice and reinforce them rather than challenge them, and (c) that more attention needs to be paid to the need to legitimate legal interventions in health care ethics.

Publications List

Chapters in Books


This is a selection of publications, including the most recent. See Jonathan’s IRIS profile for a fuller list. Follow him on twitter @Prof_JonMont.

Current Teaching
Health Care Law

Law and Governance of Global Health
Bioethics Governance

PhD Supervision
Jonathan welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students.

page updated on 18 August, 2014