Graeme Laurie

University of Edinburgh


Graeme Laurie is Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh and Founding Director of the JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law. He is the holder of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award and Principal Investigator for a project entitled Confronting the Liminal Spaces of Health Research Regulation. This is a £1 million, five-year, interdisciplinary project running from October 2014 until September 2019. You can follow more details of the project here: @LiminalSpacesWT. Most recently, he began as Co-Director of a new Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, also funded by Wellcome to over £1 million, as in interdisciplinary initiative to examine social science, legal and ethical contributions to biomedicine and novel partnerships in the co-production of biomedical knowledge and innovation.

Graeme Laurie previously held the role of PI and Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law - also known as SCRIPT - from 2007- 2011 until he took up the position of Director of Research. He is Founding Director of the JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law, established in 2012, and he held the role of Director from 2012-2017.

In policy terms, Graeme has held a number of roles including Chair of the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council (2006-2010), and Chair of the Privacy Advisory Committee in Scotland (2005-2013). He was also an active member of the British Medical Association Medical Ethics Committee and the Nuffield Council for Bioethics, both roles from 2009-2015. In 2019, he assumed membership of the International Council of Reference for Health Data Research UK.