Empty Spaces

Empty Spaces explore the grey, unregulated area of experimental therapies.

Some areas of biomedical enquiry proceed in the spaces between existing areas of legal regulation. One example is experimental therapy, conducted in the grey area between well- established medical practice and the highly-regulated domain of clinical trials. This space exists for a number of reasons; for example, because patients run out of treatment options, and/or because there are insufficient numbers of patients or insufficient baseline evidence with which to begin a trial.

This space will address the following research questions:

  • What values, attitudes and behaviours inform research in spaces where law is silent and professional discretion is considerable?
  • How can empty regulatory spaces be populated in ways that strike an optimal balance between protection and promotion of interests, private and public?