Shawn Harmon


Shawn Harmon is a former practitioner and litigator who now specialises in medical law, human rights law, and bioethics, and their overlapping governance of medical practices, life sciences innovation, and health technologies commercialisation. His interest in interdisciplinary and empirical research has led to projects and publications relating to regulation and moral values in multiple contexts, the cooperation of humanities and the arts in understanding contemporary ethical issues, and in innovative ways to communicate science and academic understandings.

Shawn’s research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the EU’s Innovative Medicines Initiative, and the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Challenge Investment Fund, and Moray Fund. His research has been published in many international journals, including peer-reviewed publications from Europe, the UK and Canada.

Shawn has been a Research Fellow and a Lecturer in Regulation & Risk, and is now a Reader in Law. He is co-founder and Deputy Director of the J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law, an interdisciplinary research institute located within the School of Law. He is Joint Editor-in-Chief of Medical Law International and former Editor-in-Chief of SCRIPTed – A Journal of Law, Technology & Society.

Shawn teaches a range of Masters level courses, which address, inter alia, international public health and ethics, life sciences regulation, the commercialisation of health research, care practices and the law, and more. He is also a Tutor on the ‘Medical Law & Ethics’ Continuing Professional Development programme.

Shawn is interested in supervising doctoral candidates in the areas of global health justice, health technologies governance, and the convergence of the arts and humanities for better understanding contemporary social and bioethical problems.