Professor Marie Fox

Professor of Socio-Legal Studies

Birmingham Law School

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 6323

Fax +44 (0) 121 414 3585


Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Marie’s research focuses on how law regulates human and animal bodies. She is a co-ordinating editor of Social and Legal Studies, is on the advisory board of the Journal of Law Society and an associated editor of Somatechnics.

Feedback and office hours

In the first semester of 2014-2015, my Office and Feedback Hours will normally be:

  • Wednesdays 10.30 - 12.30.

For the next 2 weeks I need to move my office hours owing to a workshop and university training. They will therefore be rescheduled as follows:

  • w/c 13 October: Monday 13 October  12-2 pm
  • w/c 20 October: Monday 20 October: 2.30-4.30pm

Students are welcome to see me during these hours without an appointment. If you need to see me outside these hours, please email me ( to arrange another time, or just knock on my door (although I can't guarantee that I'll be available).





  • LLB, Queen’s University, Belfast.
  • MJur, University of Manchester


  • Crime and Gender (LLM, module leader)
  • Legal Issues in Health Care (LLB)
  • Healthcare Law and Human Rights (LLM)
  • Soio-legal Theory (LLM)

Postgraduate supervision

Marie has supervised eight doctorates to completion and is currently supervising five doctoral students and one post-doctoral fellow. She is happy to supervise projects in the following areas:

  • Healthcare Law, especially research involving animal and human bodies, the legal status of human material or reproductive rights
  • Animal Law
  • Veterinary Ethics and Law
  • Gender and Crime

Current doctoral supervision at Birmingham

Professor Fox is currently supervising five doctoral students at Birmingham, undertaking research in the following areas:

  • Care and Gender Neutral Labour Law
  • Socio-Legal Constructions of Mothers Who kill
  • The Ethics of Care and Decision-making involving Children
  • Reforming the Legal Regulation of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK
  • The Legal Status of Bionmaterials

Other activities

Director of Research at Birmingham Law School.

Marie is currently a co-ordinating editor of Social and Legal Studies: an International Journal; a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Law and Society and is one of the founding six associate editors (Law) Somatechnics.

She has served on the Medical Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association and the Governing Body of Women’s Aid (Northern Ireland).

She has been involved in research projects funded by the AHRC, the European Commission and the Wellcome Trust



  • (with Jean McHale), 2nd edition of Health Care Law: Text, Cases and Materials (Sweet & Maxwell) 2007

Refereed Journal Articles

  • (with M. Thomson) “Response to Calkin, Gilman and Mullender in Review Symposium on The New Politics of Circumcision by Fox and Thomson (2013) 3 Global Discourse 367-82.
  • (with M. Thomson) ‘Realising Social Justice in Public Health Law’ (2013) 21 Medical Law Review 278-309.
  • (with Michael Thomson) “The new politics of male circumcision: HIV/AIDS, health law and social justice” (2012) 32 Legal Studies 255-81.
  • (with Michael Thomson) “HIV/AIDS and circumcision: lost in translation” (2010) 36 Journal of Medical Ethics 798- 801.
  • (with S. Franklin et al) “Embryonic Hopes: Controversy, alliance, and reproductive entities in law and the social sciences” (2010) 19 (4) Social and Legal Studies 497-517.
  • “Taking Dogs Seriously” (2010) 6 Law, Culture and the Humanities 37-65.
  • “The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008: Tinkering at the Margins” (2009) 17 Feminist Legal Studies 333-344.
  • (with M. Thomson) “Foreskin is a Feminist Issue” (2009) 24 Australian Feminist Studies 195-210.
  • (with M. Thomson) “Older Minors and Circumcision: Questioning the Limits of Religious Actions” (2008) 9 Medical Law International 283-311.
  • (with R. Fletcher and J. McCandless) “Legal Embodiment: Analysing the Body of Healthcare Law’ (2008) 16 Medical Law Review 321-45.
  • (with L. Williamson and S. McLean) “The Regulation of Xenotransplantation in the United Kingdom After UKXIRA: Legal and Ethical Issues” (2007) 34 Journal of Law & Society 441-64.

Chapters in edited collections

  • (with T. Murphy) “The Body, Bodies, Embodiment: Feminist, Legal Engagement with Health’ in M. Davies and V. Munro (eds) The Ashgate  Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory, Ashgate,  2013, pp. 249-66.

    "The Case for Decriminalizing Abortion in Northern Ireland" in A. Alghrani, B. Bennett and S. Ost (eds) The Criminal Law and Bioethical Conflict, Cambridge University Press, 2013 pp.203-219

  • (with M. Thomson) “HIV/AIDS and Male Circumcision Discourses of Race and Masculinity” in M. Fineman and M. Thomson (eds) Exploring Masculinities: Feminist Legal Reflections,  Ashgate, 2013, 99-114.
  • (with N. Barker) “Feminist judgment on Sheffield City Council v. E and Another [2005] Fam. 326: E. Rackley, R. Hunter and C. McGlynn (eds) Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice,  Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2010, 351-62.
  • (with M. Thomson) “Older Minors and Circumcision: Questioning the Limits of Religious Actions” in M. Milos, F. Hodges & G. Denniston, (eds) Genital Autonomy: Protecting Personal Choice, New York: Springer,15-38 (re-print of our 2008 Medical Law International paper).
  • “Legislating Interspecies Embryos” in R. Deazley & S. Smith (eds), Transformation/Transgression: The Legal, Medical And Cultural Regulation Of The Body, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009, 95-126.
  • (with M. Thomson) “Sexing the Cherry: ”Fixing Masculinity”in N. Sullivan and S. Murray (eds) Queer(ing) Somatechnics: Critical Engagements with Bodily (Trans) Formations, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009, 107-127.
  • (with M. Thomson) "Reconsidering 'best interests': male circumcision and the rights of the child" in M. Milos (ed) Human Rights and Circumcision, New York: Springer, 2009, 15-31

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