UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Laws Professor Jonathan Montgomery awarded Knighthood in New Year’s Honours List

29 December 2018

Professor Jonathan Montgomery has been awarded a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours

Jonathan Montgomery

UCL Faculty of Laws is delighted that Jonathan Montgomery, Professor of Healthcare Law at UCL Laws, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours for Services to Bioethics and Healthcare Law.

Professor Sir Jonathan joined UCL Laws in 2013. Alongside his academic contributions while at UCL, he has been Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Chair of the Health Research Authority, and a member of the Morecambe Bay Investigation panel that examined NHS failures in relation to neonatal and maternal deaths in Cumbria.

In 2017, he gave the 5th annual JK Mason Lecture at the University of Edinburgh on ‘New Bearings in Health Research Ethics: Towards a Social Contract Paradigm’.

He made a number of media appearances to explain the issues in the Charlie Gard litigation and his article on ‘The Tragedy of Charlie Gard’ will appear in Law Innovation and Technology in 2019. An open access version of his recently published piece on ‘Bioethics after Brexit’ in Medical Law International is now online.

Jonathan said: ‘I am delighted and rather overwhelmed by this recognition. I have always tried to ensure that my academic work contributes to public life. It is one of the great strengths of UCL that it embraces this responsibility and that is one of the reasons that I am proud to work there.

This award reflects the importance of good regulation to ensure that the excellent platform the UK provides for health and social care research is consistent with human rights and the rule of law.’

Professor Piet Eeckhout, Dean of UCL Laws said:

‘As a Faculty we could not be more thrilled to hear of Jonathan’s much deserved knighthood after many dedicated years of service to healthcare and the law, at so many levels and with such diverse and outstanding contributions.

I never fail to be proud of all of my wonderful colleagues within the Faculty, and it is particularly special to hear of this recognition of Jonathan’s work. We offer him many congratulations indeed.’