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February 22, 2016 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall, Room B015
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

VIDEO: Introduction, Michael Stein, Harvard Law School Project on Disability
VIDEO: Lecture by Tom Shakespeare
VIDEO: Audience Q&A

A lecture by Tom Shakespeare

About the Speaker

Tom Shakespeare is Senior Lecturer at Norwich Medical School, the University of East Anglia. From his website:

My primary research interests are in disability studies, medical sociology, and in social and ethical aspects of genetics. I have had a long involvement with the disabled people’s movement in UK and internationally. In the context of disability arts, I have also been active in arts and culture, and was a member of Arts Council England from 2003-2008.  While at Newcastle University, I developed an interest in science communication and public engagement, and helped develop the café scientifique movement in UK and across the world, as well as promoting sci-art projects.  During my five years at WHO, I helped produce and launch key reports such as the World Report on Disability (WHO 2011) and International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (WHO 2013), and was responsible for the UN statement on forced, coerced and otherwise involuntary sterilization (WHO 2014).  This grew my interest in disability and international development.

I did my PhD at Cambridge University and then worked at the Universities of Sunderland, Leeds and Newcastle, before spending five years working at the World Health Organization in Geneva.  In February 2013, I started my current post at Norwich Medical School.  I continue to consult for WHO, World Bank and other UN agencies.

1993-1996             Lecturer, University of Sunderland

1996-1999             Research Fellow, University of Leeds

1999-2008             Research Fellow, University of Newcastle, where I co-founded and developed the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute.

2008-2013             Technical officer, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, World Health Organization, Geneva.

For more information, visit his website.

Learn More

This event was free and open to the public. 

Check out Tom Shakespeare's presentation at the Petrie-Flom Center's Health Law Workshop on February 22, 2016. Learn more about the event and download the presentation here!

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Petrie Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.


VIDEO: Introduction, Michael Stein, Harvard Law School Project on Disability
VIDEO: Lecture by Tom Shakespeare
VIDEO: Audience Q&A


bioethics   biotechnology   disability   genetics   health law policy