Biography

Having read Law at the University of Sussex (2013-2016) and graduating with a First, I went on to read Medical Law and Ethics (LLM) at the University of Edinburgh. I graduated with a distinction in the latter degree and am now reading for my DPhil in Law (Medical Law and Ethics) at Exeter College, Oxford. I am under the supervision of Jonathan Herring and Imogen Goold.

The thesis is in its infancy, but is to focus on the doctor-patient relationship and the laws invovlement with said relationship, focusing on the case of Montgomery.  I am seeking to add nuance to how the law depicts the relationship and the patient's autonomy within the therapeutic interaction and the best way forward. 

Beyond my studies I enjoy debating, swimming, reading and walking my dog. I have in the past taken part in the Great Medico-Legal Debate whilst at Edinburgh. The motion was 'Should the UK Government change the current policy for childhood immunisation?'. Furthermore, whilst at Sussex I won two skills contests which were sponsored by DMH Stallard LLP.

For my thoughts on all things Medical Law, please see my personal blog: https://bellelegallezonmedicallaw.wordpress.com.

Publications accessible:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/bjpsych-advances/article/sexual-rights-mental-disorder-and-intellectual-disability-principles-and-law/536D8779E36572D2C2F73D73414C46FA 

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/bjpsych-advances/article/sexual-rights-mental-disorder-and-intellectual-disability-practical-implications-for-policy-makers-and-practitioners/A05AD8C6419D7EDE3A19239A1711B2D9

Publications

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  • H Dewson, K Rix, I Le Gallez and K Choong, 'Sexual rights, mental disorder and intellectual disability: practical implications for policy makers and practitioners.' (2018) 24 British Journal of Psychiatry Advancesal of Psychiatry Advances British Journal of Psychiatry Advances 386
    Clear policies regarding sexual expression, sexual behaviour and related decision-making assist in ensuring that the rights of people with mental disorder or intellectual disability are upheld, and that staff know how to react to situations consistently and lawfully without interfering on the basis of their own moral judgements or personal beliefs. Sensitive and holistic planning of care that complies with domestic law, international human rights law and statutory guidance is necessary to complement such policies. Non-intimate physical contact, masturbation, sexual relationships, contraception, sterilisation and vasectomy, pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, sexual dysfunction, parenthood, marriage and civil partnership, divorce, prostitution, pornography, and sex aids and toys are all matters that may properly be part of care planning.
  • I Le Gallez, K Rix, K Choong and H Dewson, 'Sexual rights, mental disorder and intellectual disability: Principles and law.' (2018) 24 British Journal of Psychiatry Advances British Journal of Psychiatry Advances 334
    People with mental disorder and intellectual disability have the same rights to sexual expression as other people, albeit that in some cases a lack of capacity may require curtailment of those rights and regard must be had to protecting the vulnerable. Furthermore, the formation or maintenance of sexual relations, or the attainment of sexual fulfilment, may assist in the maintenance or restoration of mental health or well-being. This article demonstrates how the courts in England and Wales, applying statute law and judicial precedent, are largely supportive of the rights of people with mental disorder or intellectual disability to make decisions about sexual expression, sexual relationships and related matters, notwithstanding some societal and staff attitudes that act to prevent them fulfilling their sexual needs and making decisions about sexual and reproductive matters.
  • I Le Gallez, 'The Little Boy with the Monkey: In whose best interest? Commentary on the case of Charlie Gard.' (2017) SCRIPTed A Journal of Law, Technology & Society. The Blog. SCRIPTed A Journal of Law, Technology & Society. The Blog.
    DOI: https://script-ed.org/blog/the-little-boy-with-the-monkey-in-whose-best-interest-commentary-on-the-case-of-charlie-gard/
    The image of the little boy with the monkey dominated all media platforms from mid-April 2017 until his death in late July at 11 months of age. The little boy is, of course, Charles Gard, known affectionately as Charlie. Charlie’s fame arose out of the legal battle that occurred between his parents, Christopher Gard and Connie Yates, and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), in whose care Charlie was entrusted. This case forms one of an ever-growing list of headline cases in which parental and medical opinion clash, in relation to the provision or withdrawal of treatment to dying children. This commentary looks at why this is becoming the norm amongst high-profile cases and argues how such a position is harmful to the child in question. Following on from this discussion, I assess how defensible court intervention and the best interest test is, and lastly discuss the innovative, yet unsuccessful ideas of counsel for Charlie’s parents as displayed in the Court of Appeal hearing

Research Interests

My key research interest is interrogating how the law interacts with the doctor-patient relationship. Such an interest invovles researching concepts such as patient autonomy, self determination, responsibility etc. Under my key interest falls specific types of relationship dynamic between the doctor and patient, namely value laden decisions such as those that occur in the area of abortion and end of life care. 

Research projects