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.
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, Renu (2018) Reforming best interests: the road towards supported decision-making. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 40 (3). pp. 277-298. ISSN 0964-9069
Barton-Hanson, Jem and Barton-Hanson, Renu (2016) Bolam with the benefit of hindsight. Medicine, Science and the Law, 56 (4). pp. 275-284. ISSN 0025-8024
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). ISSN 1757-8515
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.
Barton-Hanson, Renu (2015) Sterilization of men with intellectual disabilities: whose best interest is it anyway? Medical Law International, 15 (1). pp. 49-73. ISSN 0968-5332