Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery speaks about UK’s approach to Covid ethics governance
2 June 2021
The Deutscher Ethikrat event on ‘International Perspectives on Pandemic Preparedness and Response’ featured a panel of international experts who spoke about the experiences of different countries during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On 28 May 2021, Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery (Professor of Healthcare Law at UCL Laws) addressed the Deutscher Ethikrat – the German National Ethics Council – on the UK’s approach to ethical governance during Covid-19.
The presentation covered the UK’s ethical preparedness prior to the Covid-19 pandemic; decision-making in ethical governance; and challenges in “public ethics” during a pandemic – specifically political concerns, ethical disagreements and legal risks.
Professor Montgomery also spoke about the role of the Moral and Ethical Advisory Group (of which he is Co-Chair) in providing confidential advice to civil servants and health service bodies. Professor Montgomery went on to explain how specific groups were established to address ethical issues in relation to specific tasks and initiatives, using the example of the Ethics Advisory Board on the UK’s proposed contact tracing app (which he chaired in 2020).
The event ended with a question-and-answer session involving all speakers, followed by closing remarks by Alena Buyx, Chair of the German Ethics Council.
Find out more
- Watch a recording of the event
- View the event page
- “What place should COVID-19 vaccine passports have in society?” (February 2021) – expert deliberation chaired by Professor Montgomery and convened by the Ada Lovelace Institute