a) ‘Are clinical guidelines a proxy for the standard to care in clinical negligence?’ (British Academy Leverhulme Grant).
This is a collaborative interdisciplinary empirical study exploring how evidence-based clinical guidelines are used by defendant doctors, the courts and lawyers, and the extent and manner in which they are used as a proxy for the standard of care expected by law in clinical negligence litigation.
Conrad is a senior research assistant to Professor of Medical Law, Jo Samanta (2017-2018) with the responsibilities of designing questionnaire; identifying clinical negligence lawyers, collection and analysis of data and presenting the findings.
b) ‘Children’s Rights Judgments Project’ (AHRC)
The project was a collaboration between 56 experts from jurisdictions across the world to develop the emerging methodology of judgment (re)writing, adopting a children’s rights approach. Participants revisited an existing case, drawn from a range of legal sub-disciplines (such as health, education, immigration, family, child protection and criminal justice) and jurisdictions (including supra-national courts), with a view to redrafting the judgment from a children’s rights perspective. Conrad and Emeritus Professor Trevor Buck worked on the case of Thomas Lubanga, convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the conscription, enlistment and use of child soldiers (Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dyilo ICC Case No ICC-01/04-01/06, 14 March 2012). Both contributed chapters to an edited collection from the project, ‘Rewriting Children’s Rights Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice’. The book was launched at the Supreme Court on 27 November 2017 by the President of the UK Supreme Court, Baroness Hale.