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Dr Sabrina Germain

Senior Lecturer in Law

The City Law School, Academic Programmes

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F307, Whiskin Street Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Sabrina Germain is a Senior Lecturer at the City Law School, a member of City University’s Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR), and a research associate at the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and the Policy and the Health Hub: Politics, Organisations and Law (University of Montreal, Canada). She is also the Society of Legal Scholar (SLS) co-convenor of the Health Law section.

Dr Germain’s research interests are in the field of healthcare law and policy and bioethics. She focuses on questions of distributive justice (resource allocation and access to healthcare services) and the role of medical professionals in the healthcare law making process.

Her monograph Justice and Profit in Health Care Law (Hart, 2019) is a comparative study that puts forward the influence of justice principles and for-profit actors (the medical profession, employers and insurers) on the development of laws to allocate healthcare resources in western welfare states.

Her current research projects include a study on 1) the role of medical professionals in shaping healthcare law during COVID-19 in England, 2) a comparative project on the role of the medical profession in Canadian and British healthcare reforms, and 3) an analysis of inequalities in access to healthcare for ethnic minorities and migrant women during the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr Adrienne Yong (City).

Dr Germain has recently been called on to comment on the emergency measures put in place to preserve the NHS during the first peak of COVID-19 infections in the UK. On several occasions she has also contributed to specialised articles in The Times (London), The Conversation (UK) and has been interviewed live on TRT world.

At City, she convenes the medical law and bioethics module and teaches tort law. In 2019, Oxford University Press awarded her the Law Teacher of the Year Prize. Dr Germain is currently the GE LLB Programme Director and a member of the Race and Equality Charter group.

Prior to City, Dr Germain was a lecturer in Law and Public Policy at the University of Surrey and held visiting scholarships at the University of Cambridge, University of Cape Town and Brooklyn Law School. Dr Germain is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and has worked as a transactional lawyer in an international law firm.


  1. JSD, Cornell University, United States
  2. LL.M., Cornell University, United States
  3. DESS Master in Economic Law and Market Regulation, Sciences Po, France
  4. Bachelor of Arts, McGill University, Canada
  5. Fellowship, Higher Education Academy
  6. New York Bar, New York State Bar, United States


  1. Senior Lecturer, City University London, Aug 2019 – present
  2. Lecturer, City University London, London, Aug 2017 – Jul 2019
  3. Lecturer, University of Surrey, Guildford, Jan 2016 – Aug 2017
  4. Visiting Scholar and Guest Lecturer, Brooklyn Law School, Oct 2014 – Feb 2015
  5. Visiting Researcher, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Jan 2012 – Sep 2014
  6. Visiting Scholar, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Oct – Dec 2011


  1. Oxford University Press (2019) Law Teacher of the Year


French (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review).


Geographic Areas

  • Americas - North
  • Europe


Health care resources allocation; Comparative law and public policy; Public health care law


Books (2)

  1. Germain, S., Denis, J.-.L., Régis, C. and Veronesi, G. (2021). Medical Doctors in Health Care Reforms. Bristol: Policy Press.
  2. Germain, S. (2019). Justice and Profit in Health Care Law: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and the United Kingdom. Hart Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5099-0270-5.

Chapters (3)

  1. Germain, S. (2019). Will There Be Justice In Health Care Post-Brexit? In Fahey, E. and Ahmed, T. (Eds.), On Brexit: Law, Justices and Injustices Edward Elgar.
  2. Germain, S. (2018). Health Law Outside its Traditional Frontiers: “Trading” Medical Tourism for Just Health Care in the Post-Brexit Context. In Khoury, L., Regis, C. and Kouri, R. (Eds.), Health Law at the Frontiers (pp. 309–340). Yvon Blais, Thomson Reuters. ISBN 978-2-89730-436-2.
  3. Germain, (2016). For a new and more diverse comparative legal education. In Van Klink, B. and De Vries, U. (Eds.), Academic Learning in Law: Theoretical Positions, Teaching Experiments and Learning Experiences (pp. 180–197). Cheltenham: Edwar Elgar. ISBN 978-1-78471-488-8.

Internet publications (5)

  1. Germain, S. and Yong, A. (2020). Coronavirus shows how hard it is for ethnic minority and migrant women to access healthcare. The Conversation UK.
  2. Germain, S. (2018). The NHS at 70 needs saving, will the EU help?
  3. Germain, S. (2016). Health Care: the Undebated Issue of the 2016 American Presidential Elections.
  4. Germain, S. (2016). Brexit: Is an exit from the EU a solution for health issues in the UK?
  5. Germain, S. How coronavirus is threatening the equal access principle at the core of the NHS.

Journal articles (5)

  1. Germain, S. and Yong, A. (2020). COVID-19 Highlighting Inequalities in Access to Healthcare in England: A Case Study of Ethnic Minority and Migrant Women. Feminist Legal Studies, 28(3), pp. 301–310. doi:10.1007/s10691-020-09437-z.
  2. Germain, S. (2020). Will COVID-19 mark the end of an egalitarian NHS? European Journal of Risk Regulation pp. 1–10. doi:10.1017/err.2020.33.
  3. Denis, J.-.L., Veronesi, G., Régis, C. and Germain, S. (2019). Collegiality as political work: Professions in today’s world of organizations. Journal of Professions and Organization. doi:10.1093/jpo/joz016.
  4. Germain, S. (2014). Prison-based Education and Its New Pedagogical Perspective. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 25(2), pp. 196–209. doi:10.1080/10511253.2014.882962.
  5. Germain, S. (2013). Taking ‘Health’ as a Socio-Economic Right Seriously: Is the South African Constitutional Dialogue a Remedy for the American Healthcare System? African Journal of International and Comparative Law, 21(2), pp. 145–171. doi:10.3366/ajicl.2013.0057.


  1. Germain, S. (2021). TRT World News- The Impact of COVID-19 on the NHS workforce and available healthcare resources.

Working papers (2)

  1. Germain, S. and Yong, A. (2020). COVID-19 highlighting inequalities in access to healthcare in England: a case study of ethnic minority and migrant women. London, UK: City Law School, City, University of London.
  2. Germain, S. (2020). Will COVID-19 Mark the End of an Egalitarian National Health Service? London, UK: City Law School, City, University of London.

Other Activities


  1. Member of the Central London NHS Research Ethics Committee;

    Research Associate at the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and Policy;

    Research Associate at the Health Hub: Politics, Organizations and Law;

    Member of the New York State Bar;

    Member of the Society of Legal Scholars..