Jordan Buck

Senior Tutor and PhD in Law


I am a PhD candidate and Senior Tutor at Durham Law School. I hold an LLB and MJur, both from Durham, and am extremely fortunate to be the recipient of a studentship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the Northern Bridge Consortium. At present, I teach and guest lecture on the LLB Law and Medicine module, and I also teach LLB Tort Law.

Over the past year, I have acted as a convenor for the Durham Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) and I have worked as a research associate to Professor Emma Cave, working on the upcoming seventh edition of Medicine, Patients, and the Law. I also worked as a research and teaching assistant on the LLM programme.


My PhD thesis is supervised by Dr Sam Halliday and Prof Emma Cave and explores the value of human dignity in end-of-life decision-making. I approach this comparatively, examining the best interests frameworks in England and Wales alongside the presumed will approach under German law. I propose that the patient-centric values of the decision-making process in England and Wales have been poorly understood and inconsistently applied.

I argue that greater engagement with the principle of human dignity in English law, informed by the application of the principle in German law, will provide clarity on what the patient-centric approach requires and how patients can be treated as individuals rather than objects of medical interest.