Imogen Goold studied Law and Modern History at the University of Tasmania, Australia, receiving her PhD in 2005. Her doctoral research explored the use of property law to regulate human body parts. She also received a Masters degree in Bioethics from the University of Monash in 2005. From 1999, she was a research member of the Centre for Law and Genetics, where she published on surrogacy laws, legal constraints on access to infertility treatments and proprietary rights in human tissue. In 2002, she took up as position as a Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission, working on the inquiries into Genetic Information Privacy and Gene Patenting. After leaving the ALRC in 2004, she worked briefly at the World Health Organisation, researching the provision of genetic medical services in developing countries. She is now examining the impact of moral arguments on the regulation of IVF and also writing a book based on her work on body part ownership.
- Whittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX turned on whether the courts should fund the creation of children for a woman negligently denied the ability to do so herself by awarding her the cost of pursuing surrogacy via a commercial service in California. The key issues were whether these costs should include surrogacy using donor eggs, and whether it was right for the court to agree to fund actions which, if undertaken in England, would be in violation of the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985. While the subject matter of the decision is narrow, the decision in XX has broader implications about the relevance of public policy to damages awards, both in clinical negligence itself and more generally. It also raises important questions about how the law does and should value lost reproductive capacity.
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Reproductive medicine, history of reproductive medicine, bioethics, property
Options taughtJurisprudence, Tort, Medical Law and Ethics (FHS)
News articles for Imogen Goold
New Book: Medical Decision Making on Behalf of Young Children: A Comparative Perspective
'Parental Rights, Best Interests and Significant Harms' edited by Imogen Goold, Jonathan Herring and Cressida Auckland
The Child and Medical Treatment: the chance to live, or to die with dignity?
Watch: Imogen Goold gives the 2019 Baron de Lancey lecture
How to survive a law school interview by Imogen Goold in the Guardian