Dr John Lombard is a lecturer in the School of Law, University of Limerick. John completed his LLB (Law and European Studies) at UL in 2009, an LLM in UCC in 2010, and a PhD in UCC in 2014. John previously worked in the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool where he lectured in Medical Law and Equity. He has also previously worked as a research assistant in the Governance, Risk, and Compliance Technology Centre based in UCC.

John’s research interests lie in the areas of Medical Law, Public Health Law, Bioethics, and Intellectual Property Law. He is particularly interested in the legal and ethical issues that arise at the end of life, as well as the development and impact of public health regulations that shape how we live and work. In the area of Intellectual Property Law, John’s research has concentrated on the intersection of IP and Health Law as it applies to the control of NCDs. He is also interested in exploring novel and emerging aspects of copyright law and protection. John is currently writing a text on Nursing Law in Ireland, to be published 2019. He has recently undertaken work on healthcare financing, end-of-life decision-making, and the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.


John Lombard, Lydia Bracken (2020) ‘Decision-Making on Behalf of Children in Ireland’ in I Goold, J Herring, and C Auckland (eds) Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Young Children: A Comparative Perspective (London: Hart).

John Lombard (2020) ‘Autonomy’ in N Emmerich et al (eds) Contemporary European Perspectives on the Ethics of End of Life Care (Switzerland: Springer).

John Lombard (2019) ‘The Structure of the Irish Healthcare System’ in J Boertjens, M Mikkers, and W Sauter, (eds), Healthcare Financing: An International Comparison (Edward Elgar 2019).

John Lombard (2018) Law, Palliative Care and Dying: Legal and Ethical Challenges. London: Routledge. 

John Lombard (2016) 'The Implementation and Operation of the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive'.Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, 22 (1).

John Lombard (2016) 'Navigating the Decision-Making Framework for Patients in a Minimally Conscious State'. Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, 22 (2).

John Lombard (2015) 'Sedation of the Terminally Ill Patient: The Role of the Doctrine of Double Effect'. Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, 21 (1).

John Lombard (2012) 'The Regulation of Palliative Care'. Socio-Legal Studies Review.