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k.liddell@law.cam.ac.uk

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Tel: 01223 330 086


D.Phil (Oxon), LLB (hons) (Melb), BSc (Melb), MBioeth (Monash)
University Senior Lecturer; Director Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

CV / Biography

Kathy Liddell is the Herschel Smith Lecturer of Intellectual Property Law.

She is also the Founding Director of the Cambridge Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences, and Deputy Director of the Cambridge Centre for IP and Information Law.

Kathy undertook her doctorate in law at the University of Oxford focussing on the regulation of controversial genetic technologies in morally pluralist societies. In addition to substantial experience in academia, Dr Liddell has worked in private legal practice and in public sector legal services for a health department. This work history has provided her with a solid knowledge of commercial realities and needs, as well as experience in legal policymaking. She has degrees in law and science from the University of Melbourne  and bioethics from Monash University, and is a strong advocate of interdisciplinary research.

Dr Liddell’s research focuses on health, medicine and society, with the aim of understanding and improving the legal frameworks that govern and support innovation in this field. A key theme in her research is to examine ways in which intellectual property rights help and hinder the translation of medical discoveries into effective, affordable clinical treatments and diagnoses, and how such frameworks could be modified to be more effective and just. Another key theme in her research is to identify and address legal lacunae and 'pinch points'  that impede clinically useful and ethically responsible healthcare. A current example of this work is in the field of pre-mortem interventions to improve the success of DCD organ transplantation. Dr Liddell is also the principal investigator in a large research project examining intellectual property rights, precision medicine and genomic medicine. 

Dr Liddell uses a wide range of legal methodologies in her research including in-depth statutory and case law analysis, normative analysis drawing on moral and political philosophy, empirical investigations (including interviews, surveys and patent mapping), and expert meetings.

Dr Liddell teaches on a variety of courses including Law and Ethics of Medicine (tripos seminar); Law, Medicine and Life Sciences (LLM Paper 1); Intellectual Property (LLM Paper 12) and Intellectual Property (tripos Paper 45). She also supervises research theses at all levels includng doctoral students. 

 

Publications

 

Books

"The Limits of Consent" (Oxford University Press)

Editor's Name:
O Corrigan, J McMillan, K Liddell, M Richards, C Weijer
Co-Author/s:
J McMillan, O Corrigan, M Richards, C Weijer
Published:
Jan 2009
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
ISBN 13:
ISBN 9780199231461

Articles

"Myriad's impact on gene patents" (2016) 34(11) Nature Biotechnology 1119

Co-Author/s:
M Aboy, J Liddicoat, C Crespo
Citation:
(2016) 34(11) Nature Biotechnology 1119
Published:
Nov 2016
DOI:
10.1038/nbt.3719

"Fair and Equitable Treatment and National Patent Law Flexibilities" (2016) 19(1) Journal of International Economic Law 145-174

Co-Author/s:
M Waibel
Citation:
(2016) 19(1) Journal of International Economic Law 145-174
Published:
Feb 2016
DOI:
10.1093/jiel/jgw012

"Transplanting suboptimum organs: medico-legal implications" (2015) 386 Lancet 719-721

Co-Author/s:
M Dyson, C Watson, N Padfield, JA Bradley, K Saeb-Parsy
Citation:
(2015) 386 Lancet 719-721
Published:
Aug 2015
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61413-1

"Drug-resistance mechanisms and tuberculosis drugs" (2015) 385 (9965) Lancet 305-7

Co-Author/s:
CU Köser, B Javid, MJ Ellington, S Feuerriegel, S Niemann, NM Brown, WJ Burman, I Abubakar, NA Ismail, D Moore, SJ Peacock, ME Török
Citation:
(2015) 385 (9965) Lancet 305-7
Published:
Jan 2015
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62450-8

"Should healthy volunteers in clinical trials be paid according to risk? Yes." (2009) 339:b4142 British Medical Journal

Co-Author/s:
E Jones
Citation:
(2009) 339:b4142 British Medical Journal
Published:
Oct 2009
DOI:
10.1136/bmj.b4142

"The phantom menace of gene patents" (2009) 458 (7237) Nature 407-9

Co-Author/s:
S Gaisser, M Hopkins, E Zika, D Ibarreta
Citation:
(2009) 458 (7237) Nature 407-9
Published:
Mar 2009
DOI:
10.1038/458407a

"Patents as Incentives for Translational and Evaluative Research: the case of genetic tests and their improved clinical performance" (2008) 3 Intellectual Property Quarterly 286-327

Co-Author/s:
S Hogarth, D Melzer, R Zimmern
Citation:
(2008) 3 Intellectual Property Quarterly 286-327
Published:
Jul 2008

"Genetic tests for common diseases: new insights, old concerns" (2008) 336 (7644) British Medical Journal 590-3

Co-Author/s:
D Melzer, S Hogarth, T Ling, S Sanderson, R L Zimmern
Citation:
(2008) 336 (7644) British Medical Journal 590-3
Published:
Mar 2008

"Closing the gaps - enhancing the regulation of genetic tests using responsive regulation" (2007) 62(4) Food and Drug Law Journal 831-48

Co-Author/s:
S Hogarth, T Ling, S Sanderson, R Zimmern, D Melzer
Citation:
(2007) 62(4) Food and Drug Law Journal 831-48
Published:
Oct 2007

"Medical Research Involving Incapacitated Adults: Implications of the EU Clinical Trials Directive 2001/20/EC" (2006) 14 Medical Law Review 367-417

Co-Author/s:
J Bion, D Chamberlain, C Druml, E Kompanje, F Lemaire, D Menon, B Vhrovac, C Wiederman
Citation:
(2006) 14 Medical Law Review 367-417
Published:
Aug 2006
DOI:
10.1093/medlaw/fwl011

"The European Clinical Trials Directive Revisited: The VISEAR Recommendations" (2006) 69(1) Resuscitation 9-14

Co-Author/s:
D Chamberlain, et al
Citation:
(2006) 69(1) Resuscitation 9-14
Published:
Apr 2006
DOI:
10.1016/j.resuscitation.2005.12.004

"Beyond Bristol and Alder Hey: The Future Regulation of Human Tissue" (2005) 13(2) Medical Law Review 170-223

"Emerging Regulatory Issues for Human Stem Cell Medicine" (2005) 1(1) Genomics Society and Policy 54

Co-Author/s:
S Wallace
Citation:
(2005) 1(1) Genomics Society and Policy 54
Published:
Feb 2005

"Biolaw and Deliberative Democracy: Regulating Human Genetic Technology in a Morally Pluralist Society" D.Phil thesis, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, 2003

Citation:
D.Phil thesis, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, 2003
Published:
Jun 2003

Book Chapters

"The Origins and Structure of the TRIPS Agreement" in H Ullrich, RM Hilty, M Lamping, J Drexl, TRIPS plus 20: From Trade Rules to Market Principles (Springer), pp. 3-51

Publisher:
Springer
Pages:
3-51
Published Date:
Feb 2016
ISBN 13:
978-3662481066
Co-Author/s:
H Ullrich, RM Hilty, M Lamping, J Drexl

"Immorality and Patents: the exclusion of patents contrary to ordre public and morality" in , New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Intellectual Property (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 140

Publisher:
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012
Pages:
140
Published Date:
Jul 2012
ISBN 13:
9781107009318

"The Health Impact Fund: A Critique" in T Pogge, M Rimmer, K Rubenstein, Incentives for Global Health (Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.)

"Litigation: Effects on Medical Research" in N. J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioural Sciences (Pergamon Oxford, 2001), pp. 8995-8999

Publisher:
Pergamon Oxford, 2001
Pages:
8995-8999
Published Date:
Nov 2001
Co-Author/s:
N. J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes

Reports

Precision Medicine: Legal and Ethical Challenges: Report (Forthcoming)

Co-Author/s:
J liddicoat, J Skopek
Published:
Apr 2017
Body / Institution:
University of Cambridge & Hong Kong University

Open Innovation with Large Bioresources: Goals, Challenges and Proposals (Workshop Report)

Co-Author/s:
J Liddicoat
Published:
Dec 2016
Body / Institution:
University of Cambridge

Realising Genomic Medicine: Intellectual Property Issues (Workshop Report)

Published:
May 2015
Body / Institution:
Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences & Centre for Science and Policy

Human Bodies in Medicine and Research: Regulatory frameworks and their impact: a comparative report on the literature. A Report for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics for use in its report on Human Bodies in Medicine and Research (Working paper 2011)

Published:
Oct 2011
Body / Institution:
Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Regulating Pharmacogenomics: An overview of developments in various countries and industry response to regulatory initiatives: A report for Health Canada

Co-Author/s:
S Hogarth, T Ling, D Melzer, S Sanderson, R Zimmern
Published:
Mar 2006

Legal and Governance Framework for 'Personal Data for Public Good: Using Health Information in Medical Research'

Published:
Jan 2006
Reference Number:
ISBN 1903401119
Body / Institution:
Academy of Medical Sciences, London

Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Stem Cell Research and Therapy

Co-Author/s:
Oonah Corrigan, John McMillan, Alison Stewart and Susan Wallace
Published:
Mar 2005
Body / Institution:
Cambridge Genetics Knowledge Park