Lisa Cherkassky

Lisa Cherkassky is a senior lecturer and researcher in medical law (mostly) and criminal law. She is completing a PhD (through publication) on posthumous conception, looking particularly at the role of consent in fertility law, and whether it matters if a deceased patient or a comatose patient cannot consent to the retrieval and use of their gametes (sperm and eggs) for fertility treatment.

Research Interests

Lisa’s main research interests revolve around medical law. She has argued that retrieving sperm from a deceased man is a criminal offence. One strand of her research argues that retrieving sperm from a comatose man for procreative purposes is a civil trespass to his person and a criminal battery. Lisa has also previously published widely on the law of saviour siblings, in particular selecting an embryo in order to use its bone marrow to save the life of a sick existing child. This includes a discourse on the welfare of the saviour sibling baby. She has separately published in criminal law: causation, unlawful act manslaughter, genocide, and insanity.

Select Outputs

L. Cherkassky. “The Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology to Create Posthumous Grandchildren”, International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 2021. DOI.

L. Cherkassky. “Is Interference with a Corpse for Procreative Purposes a Criminal Offence?”, Modern Law Review, 2021. DOI.

L. Cherkassky. “Re: AB (Termination of Pregnancy) EWCA Civ 1215: wishes and feelings under the Mental Capacity Act 2005”, Medical Law Review 28(3) 605-614, 2020.┬áDOI.

L. Cherkassky. “Y v A Healthcare Trust [2018] EWCOP 18 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Taking Gamete Retrieval to the Bank”, Law Quarterly Review, vol. 135, 209-214, 2019.

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