John Harris FMedSci., FRSA., B.A., D.Phil., Hon. D.Litt. Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics and Director, Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, School of Law.
From March 30th 2004 to July 2011 John Harris was the joint Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Medical Ethics, the leading journal in medical and applied ethics. John Harris was elected a Fellow of the United Kingdom Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2001, the first philosopher to have been elected to Fellowship of this new National Academy, which was established to serve “the medical sciences in the same way as the Royal Society serves the natural sciences (and) the British Academy serves the humanities”. He was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in 2006 and is a member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe). John Harris was one of the Founder Directors of the International Association of Bioethics and is a founder member of the Board of the Journal Bioethics and a member of the Editorial Board of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, as well as numerous other journals. He frequently appears on radio and television both in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to discuss Biomedical Ethics, Medical Jurisprudence and related issues. He has acted as Ethical Consultant to national and international bodies and corporations, including the European Parliament, The World Health Organisation, The European Commission, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), The United Kingdom Department of Health, The Health Council of the Netherlands, The Research Council of Norway, The Welsh Office Of The United Kingdom, The British Fluoridation Society, Granada Television, Virgin Health Bank, Smithkline Beecham and GlaxoSmithkline. He is the founder and a General Editor of a major series of books for Oxford University Press entitled Issues in Biomedical Ethics and a new series of books which he co-edits with Sir John Sulston (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2002) is published by Bloomsbury and entitled Science, Ethics and Society.
John Harris has throughout his career defended broadly libertarian - consequentialist approaches to issues in bioethics. This has made him a leading defender of the rights of the individual to access medical technology and to benefit from medical services. He has defended the individual’s entitlement to these things regardless of age, life expectancy, level of disability, quality of life or genetic pre-disposition to illness. He has been and remains a leading critic of paternalistic or restrictive approaches to regulation or legislation of access to medical services or technology.
John Harris is the author or editor of twenty books and over three hundred papers. He has published in most of the leading philosophical journals in his field including The Journal of Medical Ethics, Bioethics, The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, The Hastings Centre Report, Philosophy, The Philosophical Quarterly, The Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society and Philosophy & Public Affairs. He has also published in many of the leading science journals including Nature [Impact factor 34.480], Nature Reviews Genetics [Impact Factor 27.822], Nature Reviews Cancer [Impact Factor 29.538], Science [Impact factor 29.747], Cell Stem Cell [Impact Factor 23.563], Journal of Clinical Oncology [Impact factor 17.793], Annals of the New York Academy of Science [Impact Factor 2.67] , Lancet Oncology [Impact Factor 13.283.], Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [Impact Factor 9.432] and The British Medical Journal [Impact Factor 12.287].