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Professor Penney Lewis

Research interests

Professor Lewis's research covers two separate subject areas. In the area of criminal evidence and procedure, she has written extensively on prosecutions for childhood sexual abuse which take place many years after the alleged events, and in 2006 published a monograph on this topic entitled Delayed Prosecution for Childhood Sexual Abuse, which is part of the Oxford University Press series Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice. In the medical law area, her research focuses on end of life issues. She is the author of a number of articles on assisted dying (euthanasia and assisted suicide) and her monograph entitled Assisted Dying and Legal Change was published in 2007 by Oxford University Press. She has also published articles and chapters dealing with a wide range of medical law topics, including wrongful life, advance decision-making, refusal of treatment, medical treatment of children and medical procedures which are against the interests of incompetent adults, such as non-therapeutic research.

 

Teaching

Professor Lewis was nominated by her students for a College Teaching Excellence Award in 2003-4, 2004-5 and 2006-7. She received this award in 2003-4 and 2006-7.  

Professor Lewis was awarded ‘Half Laurels’ by the Students’ Union in 2008 in ‘recognition of contribution to the College community to an extraordinary level’.

In 2012, the King's Students' Union awarded Professor Lewis a President's Wreath ‘in recognition of an extraordinary contribution to the King’s College London community and for improving the student experience’. She was nominated for this award by the students on the MA in Medical Ethics and Law who wrote that: ‘Penney was an outstanding course director for the Medical Ethics and Law MA course. She is incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about her subject and has been a constant guide for the students on the course. She is very organised, and extremely approachable. Her efforts this year have been outstanding; a great reflection of King’s and its community, and she has certainly been most committed to improving the student experience.’

 

Undergraduate

  •  Medical Law

Graduate

  •  Law at the End of Life
  •  Medical Law 1 (Consent, Refusal and Request)

Biographical details

Penney Lewis joined the Dickson Poon School of Law and Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King's in 1995. She became Reader in Law in 2005, and Professor of Law in 2007. She received an SB in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD from the University of Toronto. Following a judicial clerkship at the Supreme Court of Canada, she gained an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London and an LLM from Columbia University. She is a member of the UK Donation Ethics Committee, Vice-Chair of the King’s College London Research Ethics Committee and a member of the St. Christopher’s Hospice Clinical Ethics Committee. She is a member of a small expert group drafting recommendations on the ethical, legal and psychosocial aspects of organ donation after circulatory death (DCD) as part of a joint effort of the European Society of Organ Transplantation and a group of European Competent Authorities including NHS Blood and Transplant preparing European guidance on DCD. She is also an invited member of the Working Group on Deceased Donation of the European Platform on Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation (ELPAT). She is also qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario, Canada.

Professor Lewis administers and writes for the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics blog which contains news and comment on topics in Medical Ethics and Medical Law and details of upcoming opportunities, events, television, film and radio.

Participation in conference

The Medical Exception, Current Legal Problems, UCL

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
2012 → …

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Legal responses to abandoning brain death as a definition of death, Brain death and organ transplantation, Swansea University

Penney Lewis (Speaker)
Oct 2011 → …

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End of life decision-making across Europe - a comparative legal overview with special attention to the United Kingdom, Waseda University, Tokyo

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
Apr 2011 → …

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Prospective legal immunity, vulnerability, and assisted dying conference, King’s College London

Penney Lewis (Organiser)
2011 → …

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European perspectives on legal and ethical issues in end of life care, EuroScience Open Forum, Torino, Italy

Penney Lewis (Speaker)
Jul 2010 → …

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Controversial Medical Procedures and the Criminal Law, Dean’s Seminar Series, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
2010 → …

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Legal change on new and controversial medical procedures: the case of contraceptive sterilisation, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
2010 → …

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The Intersection of Criminal and Medical Law – The Medical Exception, Scrymgeour Seminar, School of Law, University of Dundee

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
Oct 2009 → …

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Assisted Dying in France, Euthanasia and Law in Europe, Università di Bologna

Penney Lewis (Speaker)
Jun 2008 → …

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Euthanasia in England and Wales: Law and Practice, Euthanasia and Law in Europe, Università di Bologna

Penney Lewis (Speaker)
May 2008 → …

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Does the Mental Capacity Act 2005 protect older people?, Royal College of Physicians, London

Penney Lewis (Speaker)
2008 → …

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The Empirical Slippery Slope from Voluntary to Non-voluntary Euthanasia, Keele University

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
Nov 2007 → …

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The Empirical Slippery Slope from Voluntary to Non-voluntary Euthanasia, Assisted Dying Symposium, Glasgow University

Penney Lewis (Speaker)
2007 → …

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The evolution of euthanasia and assisted suicide in France, 15th World Congress on Medical Law, Sydney, Australia

Penney Lewis (Speaker)
Aug 2004 → …

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The end of life in France: legal issues, Faculty of Legal Theory, University of Gröningen, The Netherlands

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
Feb 2004 → …

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The evolution of euthanasia and assisted suicide in France, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
2004 → …

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Assisted suicide and euthanasia, Sheffield Institute of Biotechnological Law and Ethics, Faculty of Law, University of Sheffield

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
Nov 2003 → …

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Advanced Legal Studies, London

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
May 2003 → …

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French lessons on wrongful life: what are the implications of Perruche?, School of Law, University of East Anglia,

Penney Lewis (Invited speaker)
Mar 2003 → …

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French Lessons on Wrongful Life, 14th World Congress on Medical Law, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Penney Lewis (Speaker)
Aug 2002 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

UK Donation Ethics Committee

Penney Lewis (Member)
2010 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Publication peer-review

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Family Practice (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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NeuroEthics (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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King's Law Journal (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY COMMONWEALTH LAW JOURNAL (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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OXFORD JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Ratio Juris (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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British Medical Association (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Hart Publishing (Publisher)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Medical Law International (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Archives of Disease in Childhood (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Clinical Ethics (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Hodder Arnold (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Ashgate (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Butterworths Lexis/Nexis (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Cambridge University Press (Publisher)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Oxford University Press (Publisher)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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King's College Law Journal (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Hibernian Law Journal (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Journal of Law and Society (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Journal of Medical Ethics (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Journal of Health Services Research and Policy (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Child and Family Law Quarterly (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Medical Law Review (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

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Modern Law Review (Journal)

Penney Lewis (Editor)
2001 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Types of Business and Community - Work on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

St Christopher’s Hospice Ethics Committee

Penney Lewis (Member)
2003 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Work on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

UK Donation Ethics Committee

Penney Lewis (Member)
2010 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Society of Legal Scholars

Penney Lewis (Member)
2001 → …

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World Association of Medical Law

Penney Lewis (Member)
2001 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

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