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Professor Tamara Hervey

Position: Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law
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Academic Profile

I studied at Glasgow and Sheffield, and held academic posts at Durham, Manchester and Nottingham Law Schools, before joining Sheffield in 2007. I enjoy integrating research with teaching and learning, and one of the things I particularly like about being a Professor is working with students on research projects (both mine and theirs).


  • FAcSS
  • PhD, University of Sheffield
  • LLB (Hons), University of Glasgow

Teaching and Learning

I have taught in the areas in which I research for over 25 years. In modules and programmes that I have developed, students learn from the latest research, some of which is my own. For instance EU Health Law is based around Hervey, Young and Bishop's Research Handbook in EU Health Law (EE 2017) and Hervey and McHale’s European Union Health Law: Themes and Implications (CUP, 2015).

An example of my teaching-led research came from supervising PhD and MA/LLM students. Noting that law students are often uncertain about the theory and methods that inform their research projects, I developed and delivered with colleagues a workshop for students to build their confidence in preparing their dissertations, and a module on Legal Research Methods for PhD students. From these, a successful AHRC application in 2006 led to two regional workshops and a book Research Methodologies in EU and International Law (Hart, 2011).

I also integrate research with the undergraduate curriculum. For instance, I have co-authored a journal article with four first year students in my tutorial group in Understanding Law. I have inspired student inquiry (leading to sole or co-authored publications) through successful applications for undergraduate summer internships since 2004. In 2015, I worked with Laura Robinson on a project on women’s rights. Laura won the prize for the best internship output and spoke at the launch event. I spent the summer of 2016 working with five students on an ongoing project on equality and diversity in legal education and the legal profession.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate and MA
European Union Law EU Social Law (Convenor)
Current Issues in EU Law EU Health Law (Convenor)
"Without It No Success" (Co-Convenor with Dr Mark Taylor) EU Internal Market Law (Convenor)
"Without It No Success" Level 2 (Convenor) EU Constitutional Law
"Without It No Success Final Year (Convenor)

More information on my teaching

Research Interests

I am currently working in two broad areas:

  • Transnational, global and comparative health law; and
  • Equality and Diversity

In transnational health law, I am collaborating with UK, R-EU and North American - based scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, across disciplines. I am co-editor (with Calum Young and Louise Bishop) of a Research Handbook in EU Health Law and Policy (Edward Elgar 2017). I am part of Sally Sheldon’s AHRC funded project, working on Patient and Professional Autonomy, Human Rights, and Trans-national Law on Cross-border Trade, with Laura Robinson (student intern), and Rebecca Gomperts (‘Women on Web’). David Orentlicher, Indiana and I are working on a major project on comparative health law, to be published by OUP.

Following the 23 June 2016 referendum, I am contributing to understanding the UK’s future legal relationships with the EU, in particular its implications for health law and policy, both within the UK and within the remainder of the EU. I am working with Jean McHale and Mark Flear on an ESRC Brexit priority grant. I am a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Health Committee. My take on EU health law’s history and legacy appears in Stanton, et al, eds, Pioneering Healthcare Law: Essays in Honour of Margaret Brazier (Routledge, 2016).

I’m interested in several dimensions of equality and diversity. I am working with Bryan Coleman (Director Sheffield Disability Support), Harriet Cameron, (specialist in specific learning difficulties), Sabrina Rahman (student intern) on the Equality Act’s ‘reasonable adjustments’ duties of HE institutions. I have a multi-faceted project on Equality and Diversity in Legal Education, including collaboration with the Legal Education Research Network (LERN). This project involves co-producing both learning & teaching materials and research with several postgraduate and undergraduate students, particularly James Cairns.

Member of the Centre for the Study of Law in Society, Sheffield Centre for International and European Law and Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology Law and Ethics.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • European Union Law
  • Health Law and policy in trans-national contexts
  • Discrimination Law and social rights

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • ‘Reproductive Tourism in Europe: Ethics not markets, patients not consumers’, for Reproductive Tourism in Europe and the Legal Challenges of Moral Pluralism, international symposium, University of Amsterdam, Access Europe, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 17 March 2017
  • ‘Advance Decision Making in European Union Law: problems and potential’, ESRC Seminar series 2015-17 on Advance Decision Making from a European, interdisciplinary perspective (PI Samantha Halliday, University of Leeds), Leeds Law School, 17 January 2017
  • ‘Co-learning on Equality in a Diverse Law School’, staff seminar for City Law School, University of London, 23 November 2016
  • ‘The Rule of Law in the EU’s Innovation Society: Framing Technologies’ for The Rule of Law in the Technological Age annual conference, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 4 November 2016
  • ‘Patients’ Rights, Human Rights, or Consumer Rights? EU Law on Mobile Patients’ for IX Encuentro Interautonómico sobre Protección Jurídica del Paciente como Consumidor Universidad International Menendes Pelayo (UIMP), Santander, Spain, 14 July 2016
  • ‘Medical Tourism in EU Law: Ethics not markets; patients not consumers’ for Patients with Passports and Globalisation workshop, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham, 24 June 2016
  • ‘Getting your message across to educators and managers’ for Effective Dissemination of Research Findings workshop, Legal Education Research Network, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London 16 June 2016
  • Keynote speaker for Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy/CoVi think-tank event on How does the EU affect our health and well-being London, 28 April 2016
  • 'EU Law on Patients’ Rights: Human Rights or Consumer Rights?’ for I Diritti del Paziente tra Diritto Europeo, Nazionale e Regionale, Universita di Bologna and Foundazione Flaminia di Ravenna, Centro Internazionale Ricerche sul Diritto Europeo, 15 March 2016
  • ‘Patients Rights, Human Rights or Consumer Rights? EU Law on Mobile Patients’ for What’s Wrong with Free Movement? Regulating and Deregulating Mobility in Europe, Université Saint Louis, Brussels, 18-19 February 2016
  • ‘What is health law? Do Americans see it differently from Europeans?’ Robert McKinney School of Law, Indiana University, Indianopolis, 13 November 2015
  • One of 12 keynote speakers at the Health Economics, Policy and Law 10th Anniversary Lectures, London School of Economics, October 2015
  • ‘Non-ideal weight discrimination: some aspects of UK and EU law’ with Judge Philip Rostant, Industrial Law Society, Sheffield, October
  • ‘Keynote address for Session 1: Risk Regulation’ for European Commission conference Fifty Years of EU Pharma Legislation: Achievements and Future Perspectives Brussels, September 2015

Key Projects/Grants

Title/Description: Health Law Outside the EU: Immediate, Intermediate and Long term Impacts
Awarding Body: ESRC
People Involved: Jean McHale (PI, Birmingham); Mark Flear (Co-I, QUB); Tamara Hervey (Co-I, Sheffield)
Dates: 1 May 2017 - 1 November 2018
Amount: £209,989.25

Key Projects/Grants

Title/Description: Brexit and the (Northern) Law School
Awarding Body: Society of Legal Scholars
People Involved: Michael Dougan (York); Tamara Hervey (Sheffield); Charlotte O’Brien (York)
Dates: June 2017
Amount: £750.00

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Principal Fellow HEA 2016-
  • Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences 2012-
  • University of Sheffield Senate Award for sustained excellence in learning and teaching 2011
  • Member of Editorial Board of Journal of European Social Security 2011-
  • Member of Advisory Editorial Board of Health Economics, Policy and Law 2005-Associate Editor 2016-

Key Publications


  • Hervey TK & McHale J (2015) European Union Health Law: Themes and Implications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hervey TK, Cryer R, Sokhi-Bulley B & Bohm A (2011) Research Methodologies in EU and International Law. Oxford: Hart Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Peers S, Hervey T, Kenner J & Ward A (Eds.) (2014) The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: A Commentary. Oxford: Hart Pub Limited. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peers S, Hervey T, Kenner J & Ward A (Eds.) (2014) The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: A Commentary. Oxford: Hart Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • (Ed.) (2013) European Law and New Health Technologies. OUP Oxford. RIS download Bibtex download
  • (Ed.) (2010) Health Systems Governance in Europe. Cambridge Univ Pr. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Hervey TK (2016) The past, present and future of EU Health Law In Stanton C, Devaney S & Farrell AM (Ed.), Pioneering Healthcare Law. Essays in honour of Margaret Brazier. (pp. 67-77). Abingdon: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cardwell PJ & Hervey T (2015) Bringing the Technical into the Socio-legal: The Metaphors of Law and Legal Scholarship of a 21st Century European Union In Cowan D & Wincott D (Ed.), Exploring the 'Legal' in Socio-Legal Studies London: Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cardwell PJ & Hervey T (2015) The Roles of Law in a New Intergovernmentalist EU In Puetter U, Hodson D & Bickerton C (Ed.), The New Intergovernmentalism: States and Supranational Actors in the Post-Maastricht Era Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download