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Gemma Hobcraft

Senior Lecturer - Law

Gemma Hobcraft

About Research



Gemma Hobcraft is a Lecturer in Law at St Mary’s University. Gemma’s main teaching and research interests relate to medical law and ethics and regulation, specifically the regulation of new medical technologies and developments. Gemma teaches Medical Law and Ethics, Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and International Criminal Law undergraduate modules. Gemma is a Barrister recognised in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading junior in Professional Discipline.

Gemma joined the Law Programme at St Mary’s University as a lecturer in August 2018. Gemma has an LL.M in Human Rights Law (LSE).

From September 2008 until March 2015, Gemma was appointed by the Department of Health as a lay member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). She was Deputy Chair of the Authority between 2012 and 2015 and chaired the Ethics and Standards Committee. 

Gemma was previously an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers Association (and its Bursary Officer) from 2006-2012. 
Gemma has organised and delivered bespoke trainings on law relating to professional discipline. Gemma has filmed ‘Masterclasses’ for legalPD and has delivered all day training on Professional Discipline for MBL Seminars. 


Research profile


  • Professional Discipline and Health Care Regulators: A Legal Handbook, Jon Whitfield QC and Gemma Hobcraft, LAG, 2018  (2nd edition)
  • Medical Treatment: Decisions and the Law – Christopher Johnston (Ed), contributing author – chapter on human fertilisation – 2016
  • Contributed a case commentary to Medical Law Reports (2016)
  • Contributing author to Halsbury’s on Rights and Freedoms
  • Professional Discipline and Health Care Regulators: A Legal Handbook,  Christopher Sallon QC, Jon Whitfield QC and Gemma Hobcraft, LAG, 2012
  • Human Rights in Criminal Investigations. J.Cooper and M.Colvin (Eds) OUP 2009 - contributing author - chapter on human rights and sentencing
  • G.Hobcraft 'Roma Children and Education in the Czech Republic, DH and Others v The Czech Republic: Opening the door to indirect discrimination findings in Strasbourg?' EHRLR 2 (2008) 245
  • J.Cooper and G.Hobcraft 'The IMPACT of human rights', Impact 13 HIV and the Law, Policy Bulletin 13, National AIDS Trust, July 2007
  • G.Hobcraft and T.Baker, 'Special needs of adolescent and young women in accessing reproductive health: Promoting partnerships between young people and health care providers' International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (2006) 94 350
  • G.Hobcraft (Contributing Editor) 'Navigating International Meetings: A Pocketbook Guide to Effective Youth Participation' United Nations Association 

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