Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Semande Ayihongbe

Lecturer in Law

Background


Biography

Dr Semande Ayihongbe joined Newcastle Law School as a Research Associate in 2017, and was subsequently appointed to the post of Lecturer in Law in 2018. Her research interests lie in the field of Medical Law and Ethics, with a focus on the legal, regulatory, and ethical challenges raised by advances in health care biotechnology and medicine. In her doctoral thesis, Semande explored these issues in the context of the donation and transfer of human biological material for biotechnological research, particularly, the issue of ownership and the commercialisation of human biological material and the fair distribution of the economic benefits that flow from biotechnological research. She has a growing interest in the legal, regulatory and ethical issues raised by emerging autonomous systems and robotics in healthcare. Her current research examines the legal and ethical challenges posed by implantable medical devices and complex prosthetics. Semande holds an LLB (With first class honours) from the University of Bedfordshire. She was awarded the Machins Prize (Joint Best Final Year Law Student, University of Bedfordshire) and the Knowles Benning Prize (Outstanding contribution to Mooting, University of Bedfordshire). She was awarded a PhD from the University of Southampton, where she was a Richard Newitt Scholar during her doctoral studies, having been awarded a Richard Newitt bursary in support of her studies. During her time at the University of Southampton, she worked as a Supervisor and Instructor on the Innocence Project and taught Land Law, and subsequently Public Law as a Part-time tutor. Prior to her appointment at Newcastle Law School, Semande worked in the NHS on IT projects to support the implementation of the Carenotes Electronic Clinical Record System. In the past, Semande has worked in the Legal Services department of a local authority where her primary role involved litigation on a range of matters which include administrative law, contract law, environmental law, social security law, and licensing law. As part of her public engagement work, Semande delivers training to health care professionals on the law and policies that affect their work and interaction with patients. She also contributes to discussions that facilitate interdisciplinary work in the broad field of Medical Law including Biotechnological and Biomedical Law, as well as discussions that inform policy development in this area.


Research

Research interests

Medical Law & Ethics: The legal, ethical, and conceptual challenges raised by advances in healthcare biotechnology and medicine, including the donation and transfer of human biological material for medical research, emerging medical and biotechnologies, and the use of emerging autonomous systems and robotics in healthcare.


Conference and Workshop Papers
 

  • S Ayihongbe, ‘The Juvenile Cyborg: Who owns a medical implant in the body of a child?’ The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Medical Law Programme (University of Central Lancashire, September 2019)
  • S Ayihongbe and M Quigley, ‘Everyday Cyborgs: On Integrated Persons & Integrated Goods’ CELLS Seminar (Durham University, October 2017)  
  • S Ayihongbe and M Quigley, ‘Everyday Cyborgs: On Integrated Persons & Integrated Goods’ The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Medical Law Programme (University College Dublin, September 2017)
  • M Quigley and S Ayihongbe, ‘Everyday Cyborgs & Advancing Biotechnology: Challenging Legal, Ethical, & Conceptual Boundaries’ Mancept Conference (University of Manchester, September 2017)
  • M Quigley and S Ayihongbe, ‘Everyday Cyborgs & Advancing Biotechnology: Challenging Legal, Ethical, & Conceptual Boundaries’ Science in Public Conference (University of Sheffield, July 2017)
  • S Ayihongbe, ‘Ownership and Commercialisation of Human Biological Material and the impact on Biotechnological Research Enterprise’ The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Medical Law Programme (University of Oxford, September 2016)
  • S Ayihongbe, ‘Ownership and Commercialisation of Human Biological Material and the Impact on Scientific and Medical Research’ Taking Risks and Challenging Legal Ideas Conference (Queen Mary University, London, May 2012) 
  • S Ayihongbe, ‘Ownership and Commercialisation of Human Biological Material and the Impact on Scientific and Medical Research’ Modern Studies in Property Law Postgraduate Research Students’ Conference (University of Southampton, March 2012)
  • S Ayihongbe, ‘Ownership and Commercialisation of Human Biological Material and the Impact on Scientific and Medical Research’ Seminar, Academic Staff & Postgraduate Research Students (University of Southampton, March 2012)

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Medicine & the Law, Land Law, Introduction to Business Law

Previously taught: Public Law


Postgraduate Teaching

Medical Devices Regulatory Requirements

Publications