The Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland was launched in 1995 and represents an exciting new departure in legal Medicine. The Journal is published by THOMSON ROUND HALL. The aim and scope of this journal is to inform professionals of current legal and ethical issues related to patient care and also provides an academic and scientific forum for practitioners and academics to debate medico-legal issues of importance to individuals and society as a whole.

The issues in this rapidly changing area of the healthcare sciences and the law are generally of a complex nature. The Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland provides an opportunity for a detailed debate of those issues which lack simplistic answers. An example of such a complex issue in 1995 was the case of Re a Ward of Court otherwise known as 'the Right to Die' case. This case raised very important questions in the area of medical law. The case was dealt with extensively in the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland. High profile cases such as Re a Ward of Court and the X case emphasise the need for an analytical journal in this area to provide reasoned and balanced debate. A copy of the front page of the journal is available here.


This journal covers diverse areas where Medicine and law meet. This specialty otherwise known as forensic Medicine or medical jurisprudence includes:
  • Medical Law & Legal Medicine
  • Forensic Science
  • Medical Ethics
  • Road Traffic Law
  • Clinical Forensic Science
  • Prescribing Law
  • Thanatology
  • Toxicology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Healthcare Legislation
Topics of interest which are covered by the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland include: patient consent and confidentiality, professional negligence, mental health law, reproductive Medicine, child abuse, DNA profiling, forensic wounds, coroners inquests and drug abuse.

In addition to articles dealing with important topics the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland has regular features which keep the reader up-to-date with current developments.


  • Editorial
  • Commentaries
  • Medico-Legal Case Reports
  • Book Reviews
  • Healthcare Legislation Update
  • Conference Reports


This journal will be of interest to all professions involved in the application of medical and legal principles to the care of the individual, whether the individual be a patient, victim or alleged perpetrator of an offence. The following professions will find this journal informative, useful and of cross-professional interest:
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Lawyers
  • Forensic Scientists
  • Judges
  • Forensic Pathologists
  • Coroners
  • Medical Ethicists
  • Nurses
  • Clinical Risk Managers
  • Healthcare Managers
  • Healthcare Administrators
  • Healthcare Professionals


The editorial board draws from all relevant professions including solicitors, barristers, doctors, nurses, scientists and academics. The international advisor is Professor Anthony Bussutil, Chairman, European Council of Legal Medicine.
  • Mr. Justice Frederick Morris, Judge of the High Court of Ireland
  • Mr. Walter Beatty, Solicitor
  • Mr. Gerard Doherty, Solicitor, Member of Litigation Committee, Law Society of Ireland
  • Dr. Jim Donovan, Director, Forensic Science Laboratory
  • Dr. John Feely, Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Ms. Nora Gallagher, Medico-Legal Society of Ireland
  • Mr. Adrian Glover, Solicitor
  • Professor John Harbison, State Pathologist
  • Mr. Felix McEvoy, S.C.
  • Mr. Murray McGrath, S.C.
  • Dr. Art O' Connor, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
  • Dr. John O' Connor, Director of Clinical Programmes, Drugs Advisory Treatment Centre
  • Dr. Tom O' Dowd, Professor of General Practice, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Dr. Fergus Shanahan, Professor of Medicine, University College Cork
  • Dr. David Tomkin, Lecturer in Law, Dublin City University
  • Dr. Margaret Treacy, Department of Nursing Studies, University College Dublin