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Mrs Jo Samanta

Job: Professor of Medical Law

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Research group(s): Medical Law

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: + 44 (0)116 2577182




Personal profile

Jo Samanta is Professor of Medical Law at Leicester De Montfort Law School. She has a wide range of research interests which include: end of life decision-making, regulation of the medical profession, and faith and ethnicity in health care law. She is the lead author of Medical Law – Palgrave Law Masters. This is a text that is rapidly gaining a prominent and key position amongst medical law textbooks at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The book has attracted laudable commendations by reviewers in both legal and medical journals.

She has published widely in peer reviewed academic legal and health care journals.  Her publications reflect her on-going research across professional boundaries that have typically involved innovative empirical projects.  She is Chair of the Business and Law Faculty Human Research Ethics Committee and has been an invited speaker at many national conferences.

She teaches medical law and ethics to undergraduate and postgraduate students and has previously taught at Leicester University and the Nottingham Law School. She has been a visiting lecturer to the Open University in Hong Kong. 

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Research interests/expertise

End of life issues

Faith and medical law

Medical regulation

Clinical governance

Medical ethics

Clinical decisions and incapacity

Empirical research 

Areas of teaching

Medical Law & Ethics:

LLB undergraduate

LLM Medical Law and Ethics: Termination of Life, Creation of Life

PhD Supervision


BA (Hons) Health Studies

LLM (Business Law)



General Nurse (Diploma) S. Africa    Midwife (Diploma) S. Africa      Community Health Nurse (Diploma) S. Africa    

Courses taught

Medical Law

Issues surrounding the termination of life

Issues surrounding the creation of life

Membership of external committees

Current member of the Midlands Healthcare Consortium 

Membership of professional associations and societies

The Higher Education Academy


SLS (Representative for De Montfort University)

Professional licences and certificates

SRA: Non-practising solicitor

Conference attendance

  • “Clinical commissioning: Potential conflicts of interest” Workshop leader for LLR PCT, Highpoint, Leicester 3rd May 2012

  • “Palliative care: Ethical dilemmas” Conference presentation for Leicestershire partnership NHS Trust: Community Care Services:  28 March 2012.
  • “Lasting Powers of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions: Will it Make a Difference?  Paper given at International SLSA Annual Conference hosted by De Montfort University, Leicester.  8th April 2009.  

Key articles information

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Current research students

  • Carol Bradbury (1st supervisor)
  • Helen Carr    (1st supervisor) 

Internally funded research project information

December 2008: ECRF to look at lawyers and healthcare professionals’ perceptions of proxy decision making by welfare attorneys. Culminated in a peer reviewed article Journal of Law and Society (2012) There’s Nothing New in Dying Now: Will Welfare Attorney Decision Making at End of Life Make a Real Difference? (pages 241–268). First published online: 8 MAY 2012

May 2008: Seedcorn funding applied for and granted. 

Professional esteem indicators

Referee for:

  • Legal Studies
  • Medical Law Review
  • Hodder publishing
  • Clinical Governance an International Journal
  • Contemporary Issues in Law