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Morgan Shimwell

Morgan Shimwell

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

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Nottingham Law School staff


Morgan Shimwell is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Law School.  His role involves teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Morgan is the co-module leader for the following modules: LLB Medical Law module (Full-time and Distance Learning), LLM Mental Capacity & Mental Health Law, and LLM Legal Structure of Health.  He is also a Personal and Academic Tutor for LLB and LLM students.

Morgan supervises a number of Independent Research Projects and dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, primarily in the field of Medical Law and Ethics and Intellectual Property Law. Recent projects have focused on the debate over legalising assisted suicide in the UK, the right to ‘die with dignity’, access to patented medicines and the prohibition on patenting methods of medical treatment and diagnosis.

Career overview

Morgan previously studied on the LLB (Hons) Law at the University of Sheffield.  He then proceeded to study on the (then) newly established LLM in European Health Law and Policy, also at Sheffield.

Whilst at the University of Sheffield, Morgan was a Graduate Teaching Assistant teaching on the Principles of Healthcare Law and Ethics module for final-year LLB students, the Advanced Torts module for second-years and Introduction to Legal Process for first-year students.

Morgan also worked at the University of Sheffield International College as the co-ordinator of the Introduction to Law course, delivering teaching to international students in preparation for their postgraduate legal studies.

Morgan joined Nottingham Law School in October 2017.

Research areas

Morgan is a socio-legal scholar whose main research interest is the interaction between law, healthcare, medical technologies and socio-cultural norms.  Morgan explores the ways that pharmaceuticals are variously regulated in society and is particularly interested in the phenomenon of falsified medicines.  He questions the role that law has in de-/legitimising certain medicines and medicine consumption practices, especially with the increasing normalisation of online medicines markets.  Morgan is also interested in the ways that patients engage with medical technologies in novel and innovative ways, which do not always sit comfortably with the regulatory frameworks governing their usage.

Morgan is also increasingly involved in the issue of medication safety.  Working with John Tingle and Clayton Ó Néill, this team undertake research to evaluate current patient safety laws, policies and practices both in the UK but also in countries around the world.  They are actively involved in discussions around the development of patient safety policies in Uganda, Kenya, Latvia and Hungary, and collaborate with Ministries of Health, local Universities and civil society organisations.

At NTU, Morgan is on the Steering Committee for the Health and Wellbeing Strategic Research Theme.

Research Centre Affiliations

  • Nottingham Law School Centre for Rights and Justice
  • NTU Health and Wellbeing Research Theme.

External activity

Morgan sits on the Ethics Committee for the Sheffield Teaching Hospital Jessops’ Assisted Conception Unit.


Books and Book Chapters:

Tingle, J, Ó Néill, C and Shimwell, M (eds) Global Patient Safety: Law Policy and Practice (Routledge, 2018)

Ó Néill, C, Shimwell, M and Tingle, J ‘Conclusion: Global Patient Safety – Power of the Dream’ in Global Patient Safety: Law, Policy and Practice (Routledge, 2018)

Recent Conference Presentations:

Shimwell, M (2018) ‘Medication Without Harm: the WHO Programme, the UK response and Falsified Medicines’ Uganda National Patient Safety Conference, Infectious Diseases Institute: University of Makerere, Kampala: Uganda.

Shimwell, M (2018) ‘Medication Without Harm: the WHO Programme, the UK response and Falsified Medicines’ Kenya National Patient Safety Conference, Ministry of Health, Nairobi: Kenya.

Shimwell, M (2018) ‘”Medications Without Harm”: Exploring Medication Expertise, Knowledge-Building and Fakery’ Semmelweis University Health Services Management Training Centre: Semmelweis University, Budapest: Hungary.

Shimwell, M (2016) ‘Introduction to Changing Perceptions of Human Beauty’, Changing Perceptions of Human Beauty: An Interdisciplinary Debate at the Festival of Life, University of Sheffield.Shimwell, M (2016) ‘Demanding Modafinil: Contesting Legality’ Postgraduate Research Day: University of Sheffield.

Shimwell, M (2016) ‘Understanding Social Demands for Modafinil: A Legal and Sociological Investigation’ Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference: University of Lancaster.

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