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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 in the Law School at City, University of London. Her research interests lie in the many connections between law and public policy. More particularly, Dr Germain is interested in the interaction between the public and private sector and the influence of private entities on the law-making process.

Dr Germain's 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 health care resources in western welfare states.

At City, Dr Germain 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.

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 also admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and worked as a transactional lawyer in an international law firm.

Dr Germain is a member of City University's Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research 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.


  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


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.

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 Yvon Blais, Thomson Reuters.
  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 (4)

  1. Germain, S. (2018). The NHS at 70 needs saving, will the EU help?
  2. Germain, (2016). Health Care: the Undebated Issue of the 2016 American Presidential Elections.
  3. Germain, (2016). Brexit: Is an exit from the EU a solution for health issues in the UK?
  4. Germain, S. How coronavirus is threatening the equal access principle at the core of the NHS.

Journal articles (4)

  1. GERMAIN, S. (2020). Will COVID-19 Mark the End of an Egalitarian National Health Service? European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11(2), pp. 358–365. doi:10.1017/err.2020.33.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Working paper

  1. 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

Media appearance

  1. TRT World News- COVID-19 may spell the end of an egalitarian NHS.


  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..