Introducing our teaching tools

We focus on producing interactive online courses – you can see those course in the side bar

However, we are  also experimenting with producing open-access, interactive, teaching tools for teachers/lecturers/trainers to use themselves (eg in group workshops)


Thes firsrt two tools are designed to support anyone delivering education in law and medical ethics, in particular in relation to  life-sustaining treatment decisions. We share these under a Creative Commons licence to use and adapt as you wish e.g. for a seminar exercise and discussion.

  • Teaching tool No1 – “Mrs P” – focuses on a severely brain-injured patient and the court hearing about her best interests in relation to clinically assisted nutrition and hydration.
  • Teaching tool No2 is about Mr Paul Briggs

Each teaching tool unpacks some of the arguments presented in the court hearing, summarise key aspects of witness statements and explores the published judgment. The aim is to allow learners to engage with these disputes as dynamic processes and think through some of the ethical and legal principles as they play out in practice.

The teaching tools draw on Professor Jenny Kitzinger and Professor Celia Kitzinger’s experience of observing hearings, live-tweeting proceedings and writing up academic analyses. Jenny and Celia are co-directors of the “Coma & Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre” and their work has won awards for impact on policy (from the ESRC) and information on ethical issues (from the British Medical Association). Complete online courses are available at