After completing her LLB (hons) and LLM at the London School of Economics, Renu qualified as a Barrister and practised in the areas of Criminal defence and Child Protection cases.
Renu joined Middlesex in 1995 and she has taught many subjects including Criminal Law, Medical Law and Human Rights at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
She has interest in distance learning education and developed CPE materials for Criminal Law for the CPE/GDL distance learning programme which she taught for many years.
Her current teaching and research interests lie in Criminal Law and also in Medical Law and Ethics which she successfully developed and established as an optional module. She is currently undertaking research in areas involving clinical negligence, mental incapacity and forced sterilisation cases on persons with intellectual disability.
Renu has held many positions of responsibility within the Law department including Director of Law Programmes (between 2007-2013), Curriculum Leader and LLB Programme Leader. In addition she has been a member of numerous School and University wide Committees and has considerable experience of validations and academic review work. She was involved with and led the validation of the LLB programme at our Mauritius campus which launched in 2010. In addition, in 2011 Renu developed and successfully took to validation a new LLB distance learning programme.
She was appointed as a representative of the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB), the legal professional body which encompasses the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Development of Distance Learning
Collaborative teaching projects with Midwifery: inter-professional learning
Research Outputs & Interests
Renu is currently undertaking research in clinical negligence, adult incapacity, forced sterilisations and the best interests test under the Mental Capacity Act. She is also involved in collaborative teaching projects with the Midwifery department on inter-professional learning.
Barton-Hanson, Jem and Barton-Hanson, Renu (2016) Bolam with the benefit ofhindsight. Medicine, Science and the Law. ISSN 0025-8024 (Published online first)
Barton-Hanson, Jem and Barton-Hanson, Renu (2015) Causation in medical litigation and the failure to warn of inherent risks British Journal of Medical Practitioners, 8 (4). p. 834. ISSN 1757-8515
Barton-Hanson, Renu (2015) "Sterilization of men with intellectual disabilities: Whose best interest is it anyway? Medical Law International March 2015 vol. 15 no. 1 49-73
Renu Barton-Hanson presented at the Society of Legal Scholars conference on "The ethical and legal framework of sterilisation of people with intellectual disabilities." SLS conference, University of York, September 2015
Jo Killingley and Renu Barton-Hanson contributed to the Royal College of Midwives conference on " Law and the Midwife: collaborative working." Telford,November 2014
Renu Barton-Hanson and Jo Killingley contributed to the Society of Legal Scholars conference on "Midwives' fear of litigation: justified or not?" SLS conference, University of Nottingham, September 2014
Renu Barton-Hanson and Jo Killingley presented at Middlesex University Teaching and Learning Conference on interprofessional learning - Law and midwifery practice in a session "Towards increasing interprofessional learning - Experiences and observations." July 2014
Renu Barton-Hanson presented at the Society of Legal Scholars/UKCLE conference on "Legal literacy: the power of formative feedback" March 2005
Barton-Hanson, Renu (2015) The ethical and legal framework of sterilization of people with intellectual disabilities. In: Society of Legal Scholars Conference (1st-4th September, 2015) hosted in University of York, 1st-4th September 2015, University of York.