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Mr Asim Sheikh


Asim Sheikh

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Medicine
University College Dublin, School of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4


Asim A. Sheikh is a practising Barrister, specialising in clinical negligence and all aspects of medical / healthcare law. He regularly represents, acts for and advises a large number of healthcare clients. He is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator. He graduated from the University of Limerick where he obtained B.A. in European Studies with Law and Spanish. He was a Teaching Assistant with the Department of Law, University of Limerick (1994-1997). He then undertook and completed an LL.M. thesis by research, the topic of which was "Human Genetics: The Ramifications for Law & Ethics". He continued his education at the King's Inn, Dublin and was called to the Bar in 1998. He joined the Legal Medicine Unit, University College Dublin in 1997 and is currently part-time Assistant Professor in Legal Medicine, the Course Director and Co-ordinator of and lectures on the Graduate Diploma and MSc in Healthcare (Risk Management & Quality). He is also Director and co-ordinator of the Professional Certificate in Medico-legal Aspects of Healthcare. He lectured on the Legal & Ethical Aspects of Healthcare, MBA in Health Services Management, at the Michael Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin. He is the organiser of Training Course and Courtroom skills for Medical Experts in UCD. He also occasionally lectures on: MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, the Medical Law elective on the Professional Course at the Law Society of Ireland, BSc in Nursing & Midwifery, and Graduate Diploma, Trinity College Dublin, the Law Society Professional medical / healthcare courses and on the Advanced Diploma in Medical Law at the King's Inns, Dublin. His professional and research interests include medical law/medical/clinical negligence and medico-legal aspects of clinical risk management. He has published in all of these areas. He has a specialist interest in the area of genetics & law. He has published in this area on the topics of human cloning, gene patents and genetic research. He is currently Member of: National Advisory Committee on Bioethics, the European Association of Healthcare Law (was advisor to founding Board), the World Association of Medical Law, the Editorial Board: HSOA Journal of Forensic, Legal & Investigative Sciences (US). He was: a member of the HIQA Automony Guidance Advisory Group (2015-2016), Co Vice-Chair and member of the Irish Council for Bioethics (until 2010), a Rapporteur on Council's working group of ethics of Biometrics, a Rapporteur on the Council's working group on Advance Directives, Chair of the Council's Working Group on Human Biological Samples, a Member of the Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues Working group for GeneLibrary Ireland, member of the Research Ethics Committee (REC) of the Health Research Board (until 2007). He is currently Editor of the Medico-legal Journal of Ireland. He is author of the report/text: The Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003: Some Implications for Public Health and Medical Research: A Discussion Document (HRB, 2008), author of the report: Genetic Research and Human Biological Samples: The Legal and Ethical Considerations, (Health Research Board, 2002). He is also a contributing author to the texts: Ethical and Legal Debates in Irish Healthcare: Confronting Complexities (Manchester University Press, 2016), Investigations in Healthcare Interpreting (Gallaudet University Press, 2014), Law Society of Ireland Manual - Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 4th Ed, 2012), Older People in Modern Ireland: Essays on Law and Policy (Firstlaw, 2006), MORPH: A Glimpse of European Practices & Perspectives (Interesource Group Publishing, Dublin, 2004), Risk Manager for GPs (Roundhall Sweet & Maxwell, Dublin, 2002).


  • Assistant Professor in Legal Medicine
    University College Dublin, Medicine, Dublin, IrelandFeb 1997


  • Barrister-at-Law, Four Courts, Dublin
    Self1 Oct 1998


  • BA
    University of Limerick
  • LLM
    University of Limerick
  • Barrister-at-Law
    Hon Society of Kings Inns IRL


  • CEDR Accredited Mediator


  • Spanish; Castilian
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Urdu
    Can speak