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Mr Tom Smith

Job: Part-time Lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

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

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Personal profile

Tom is a part-time Lecturer at Leicester De Montfort Law School, teaching on the postgraduate Medical Law & Ethics module; Issues Relating to the Termination of Life and supervising postgraduate law students.

With a wide range of research interests including; access to abortion, autonomy, Act -v- Omission at the end of life and Best Interests; the focus of Tom's research is in the law and ethics at the end of life, particularly in the application of sedation and withdrawal of nutrition & hydration at the end of life; the legal and ethical situation in terms of dying without pain, the link to autotomy and dignity and importantly, the intention of individuals and society.

Research group affiliations

The Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform (IELR)

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Research interests/expertise

Medical Law & Ethics; Sedation at the end of life, dying without pain, withholding /withdrawal of nutrition & hydration and Act -v- Omission. Wider interests include the law concerning & access to abortion, autonomy & Best Interests.

Areas of teaching

Medical Law & Ethics, Issues Relating to the Termination of Life


MA (Hons), MSc, PgCert, LLM

Courses taught

LLMP5282 Issues Relating to the Termination of Life

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Conference attendance

Forthcoming - 14th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics & Health Law, May 2021, paper entitled, 'Bland; the Omission of the Negative-Act'.

PhD project


Terminal Sedation; time for legal clarity?


To investigate the potential need, within England & Wales for legal clarity on Terminal Sedation. With input from identified key stakeholder groups, whether it is correct to consider Terminal Sedation as a distinct pathway from euthanasia or assisted dying within the England & Wales, explore that in relation to intention and causation of death whether in Terminal Sedation, not unnecessarily prolonging life, is an acceptable intention and ascertain whether there should be legal clarity for Terminal Sedation (by definition sedation with accompanied withdrawal /non-application of life sustaining and lifesaving treatment) in England & Wales?

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