‘The future of medical law’ shows that the field of medical law, although young, must evolve quickly to meet the increasing demands of medicine, which is becoming more technical, evidence based, and protocol-driven. However, new problems will be variations of old problems; metaphysics cannot be removed from humans and so will need to remain part of the law. Lawyers need to become more medically and philosophically literate. Good law presupposes a good understanding both of the medical facts and of the philosophical repercussions. It is argued that a professional medical judiciary is needed as there are some intellectually epic challenges ahead.