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Dr Adam McCann

Lecturer in Law

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Dr Adam McCann is a Lecturer in Law (Education and Research). His specific research focus is on the legal framework surrounding end-of-life medical decisions in the context of broader governance and political theories. Adam holds a PhD in law (2016) from the University of Groningen and an LL.M (2010) from Utrecht University and was recently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Cambridge. In January 2017, Adam was appointed one of the editors of the European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance. He is also the Director of Admissions at Exeter Law School, Deputy Director of International and External Relations at Exeter Law School, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2018, he was awarded a Dean's Commendation for Exceptional Performance during his Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) and was nominated for University Lecturer of the Year. 

Adam's teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level includes: Criminal Law, Criminal Justice & Evidence Law, Medical Ethics & Law, Public International Law, and Public Law. Adam has also contributed to The Times Higher EducationThe ConversationThe Irish Times, and has been interviewed on BBC Television, BBC Radio, LBC Radio and Irish national radio in relation to the law on assisted dying. His academic outputs have been cited by the Dutch Supreme Court and listed on the European Parliament's selected reading on 'Assisted Dying in the EU and Beyond.' He has also provided evidence, upon invitation, to the UK Parliament on the law on assisted dying from an ethical, legal, and European governance perspective. 

Research interests

Dr McCann's PhD thesis is entitled: "Assisted Dying in Europe: A Comparative Law and Governance Analysis of Four National and Two Supranational Systems." It was cited in a recent Dutch Supreme Court decision for its 'important empirical dimensions' in comparing the creation and application of assisted dying laws, it has been cited by the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) 2022 policy briefing on Assisted Dying, and has over 9,000 downloads in the University of Exeter's open access repository (ORE). It critically examines, by way of qualitative and quantitative analysis, the law on assisted dying in the context of broader social and political theories.

Adam's research experience extends beyond the topic of his PhD thesis. He has written on human rights and mental health, Brexit and higher education, regressive liberalism and good governance, EU free movement law and social justice, immoral contracts, co-liability for defective immovable property, and fundamental rights in EU health-care law.  


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