UCL Faculty of Laws

Dr Isra Black

Dr Isra Black

Lecturer in Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2021

Research summary

My primary area of research activity is health law. Methodologically-speaking, most of my work falls within normative jurisprudence. I employ the tools of philosophy—normative and applied ethics, decision and value theory—to explain law and legal doctrines, and to evaluate the same. Both explanatory and evaluative aspects of my work involve sensitivity to doctrine and institutional context. When we reconstruct health law or argue about how it ought to be, I believe that we should not see it merely as a branch of medical ethics or moral philosophy. Rather, we must recognise the distinctive and political nature of legal norms as well as the role non-legal institutions may have in shaping and implementing the law. Insofar as I attend to philosophy in law, I see my work as interdisciplinary endeavour.

Teaching summary

Currently, I teach:

Laws Writing Labs

Public law (Y1 LLB)

Jurisprudence and legal theory (Y2 LLB)

Health care law (Y3 LLB)


Doctorate, Law and Ethics |


I joined UCL Laws in 2021. Previously, I was a Lecturer in Law at York Law School, University of York (2016-2021) and held postdoctoral posts at Karolinska Institutet (2016) and Technische Universität München (2015). I am an Associate Member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University and have been a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University (2016) and twice a resident researcher at the Fondation Brocher, Switzerland (2013, 2015). I received my PhD in 2016 for research on assisted death at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics and Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.