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Dr Peter West-Oram

Dr Peter West-Oram

Dr Peter West-Oram

Senior Lecturer in Bioethics
T: +44 (0) 1273 877448
Location: BSMS Medical Research Building, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9PS

Areas of expertise: Political Philosophy, Bioethics

Research areas: Public Health Ethics, Medical Ethics, Global Justice 

Other relevant positions: Visiting Research Fellow in the Emmy Noether Research Group Political Philosophy and Bioethics, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany. 

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Dr Peter West-Oram is a Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at BSMS, having joined the medical school in September 2017. Prior to moving to Brighton, he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Division of Biomedical Ethics at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany, a position he retains. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, where he wrote his dissertation on the subject of global health justice, and the nature, justification and extent of rights to health care. 


Peter’s research focuses on questions relating to the ethics and justice of health and health care. He has published on these themes in a wide range of journals, including Bioethics, Health Care Analysis and Public Health Ethics. He is currently working on papers about conscientious objection in health care provision, and the rights of migrants and refugees to at least comprehensive basic care. 



Peter currently teaches on the academic skills introductory seminar, and will offer classes on the ethics of organ donation, the ethics of reproduction, and political philosophy. In the academic year 2018-19 he is offering an Independent Research Project (IRP) on Conscientious Objection in health care, and would welcome expressions of interest in other IRPs in his areas of expertise.  

Selected publications

“From Self-interest to Solidarity: One Path to Delivering Refugee Health.” in Bioethics, 2018 (Online First): [DOI:].

“Solidarity as a National Health Strategy.” in Bioethics, 2018 (Online First): [DOI:].

Solidarity in Bioethics with Alena M. Buyx, and Barbara Prainsack, Electronic Library of Science, John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester, 2016: [DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0027021].

Global Health Solidarity with Alena M. Buyx, in Public Health Ethics, 2016 (Online First): [DOI: 10.1093/phe/phw021]. 

Three Approaches to Global Health Care Justice: Rejecting the Positive/Negative Rights Distinction in International Development and Human Aid. Principles, Norms and Institutions for the Global Sphere edited by Paulo Barcelos and Gabriele De Angelis, Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. 

Conscientious Objection in Health Care Provision: A New Dimension with Alena M. Buyx in Bioethics, 30 (5), 2015: pp.336-343. [DOI: 10.1111/bioe.12236].

Revising Global Theories of Justice to Include Public Goods with Heather Widdows in The Journal of Global Ethics, 9 (2), 2013: pp.227–243. [DOI: 10.1080/17449626.2013.838457]. 

Why Bioethics Must be Global with Heather Widdows in Global Health and International Community: Ethical, Political and Regulatory Challenges edited by John Coggon and Swati Gola, London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013: pp 43-62. 

Freedom of Conscience and Health Care in the United States of America: The Conflict Between Public Health and Religious Liberty in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in Health Care Analysis, 21 (3), 2013: pp 237-247. [DOI: 10.1007/s10728-013-0251-6]. 

Global Population and Global Justice: Equitable Distribution of Resources Among Countries. With Heather Widdows in Electronic Library of Science, John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester, 2012: pp 1-7. [DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0024140].

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