Kirsty Moreton


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Moreton is interested in supervising Doctoral Students in the areas of healthcare law, particularly decision-making, child and adolescent healthcare, pregnancy and reproduction, and palliative care. She also has interests in criminal law relating to sexual offences, and intersections with medical law. Topics utilising feminist and care ethics are also of interest.
Previously supervised to completion:
- Wendy Suffield, ‘Reconsidering the Moral Status of the pre-conscious fetus: a multi-criterial, multi-level approach’ (Keele)
Other Supervision:
- ‘Criminal Law response to adolescent sexual activity and online communications’
- Successful ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarship on ‘Obstetric Interventions: To what extent do consent processes adhere to the law’.


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Personal profile


Dr Moreton is a non-practising barrister and joined Birmingham Law School as an Associate Professor in 2022. She was previously a lecturer in Law and Ethics at Keele University from 2015 and was the Director of the MA in Medical Ethics and Law and member of the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele. She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham on ‘The Ethics of Care and Healthcare Decision-Making in Mid-Childhood’. Her LLM in Criminal Law and Justice was also studied at Birmingham, with her dissertation on the topic of ‘Mad, Bad or Dangerous?: Tracing the Journey of a Personality-Disordered Offender through the Criminal Justice System in a Modern Risk Society’ being nominated for the Howard League for Penal Reform National John Sunley Prize. Dr Moreton was called to the Bar by Grays Inn in 1996.

Research interests

Dr Moreton’s recent research interests have focused on child and adolescent decision-making in the healthcare context. In 2020 she published a major paper in the Medical Law Review on using the Ethics of Care in Paediatric Palliative and End-of-Life Decision Making. More recently her focus has turned to children with gender dysphoria and the legal response to the administration of puberty blockers, with invited commentaries for the Medical Law Review. Her current research has 3 strands: 1. Work on ethical and legal perspectives of care for children with medical complexity; 2. Exploration of decision-making for 16-17 year olds in both the health and social care setting; 3. A project on the theory and practice of advance care planning for adolescents receiving palliative care.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Ethics of Care and Healthcare Decision-Making for Children in Mid-Childhood


Award Date: 6 Jul 2017


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