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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA 1996/KFLE
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3.5 boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London Centre for Medical Law and Ethics

Administrative / Biographical history

The Centre for Medical Law and Ethics, part of the School of Law, was opened in 1978 to undertake research, organise teaching and publish papers concerning issues in medicine involving law and ethics. It draws on the expertise of staff in numerous schools and departments including medicine and theology and offers undergraduate course units and an MA and Diploma programme. The Living Wills Working Party was set up between the Centre and the charity, Age Concern, in 1985, as an early exercise in methodological appraisal of the subject and comprised a forerunner to the Living Wills Project run by the Centre and the AIDS charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, to measure and evaluate the demand for advanced legal directives and powers of attorney pertaining to medical treatment of terminally or chronically-ill patients.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Centre for Medical Law and Ethics.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the Living Wills Working Group and Living Wills Project at King's College London consist of correspondence and completed survey questionnaires, 1985-1992. These include correspondence concerning the Living Wills Working Party set up by the Centre and the charity, Age Concern, 1985-1989; correspondence and completed questionnaires of a survey of patients, doctors and nurses to assess the needs of HIV sufferers as part of the Living Wills Project run by the Centre in association with the Terrence Higgins Trust, 1991-1992.

System of arrangement

Boxed in order of accession.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative records are generally closed for 30 years. Records relating to individuals are subject to the Data Protection Act, and are closed for 80 years from the last date in the file. They may be consulted by Centre for Medical Law and Ethics staff with permission from the Head of Department.

Conditions governing reproduction

Not available

Language/scripts of material


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives: Records of the Persistent Vegetative State (PVS) Project run by the Centre (Ref: 1996/KFLE).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: College prospectuses. Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

August 2001

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  • Administration of justice
  • Bacteriology
  • Civil law
  • Field work
  • HIV
  • Law
  • Legal procedure
  • Legal systems
  • Medical ethics
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Microorganisms
  • Probate
  • Questionnaires
  • Research methods
  • Research work
  • Surgery
  • Viruses

Corporate names

  • Age Concern
  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Centre for Medical Law and Ethics
  • King's College London, Living Wills Working Party
  • Terrence Higgins Trust

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