Professor Marie Fox

Birmingham Law School
Professor of Socio-Legal Studies

Contact details

+44 (0) 121 414 6323
+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.


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


  • Law & Reproduction (LLM, module leader)
  • Socio-legal Theory (LLM

Postgraduate supervision

Marie 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

Marie is currently supervising eight 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
  • “A critical analysis of mental capacity in English law: Autonomy, sexual activity and supported decision making”
  • "A Legal History of Abortion Reform Activism"
  • “Informed Consent in Veterinary Practice"

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

  • “Legal Regulation of New Technologies: Rethinking Xenotechnologies in the Twenty-first Century” in P. Ferguson and G. Laurie (eds) Inspiring a Medico-legal Revolution: Essays in Honour of Sheila McLean (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015) 201-214.
  • (with K. Moreton) “Re MB (An Adult: Medical Treatment) and St George’s Health Care NHS Trust v S: The Dilemma of the Court-Ordered Caesarean” in J. Herring and J. Wall (eds) Landmark Cases in Medical Law (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2015) 145-74
  • (with S. McGuinness) “The Politics of Muddling Through: Categorising Embryos” in C. Stanton et al (eds) Pioneering Healthcare Law: Essays in Honour of the Work of Margaret Brazier (Routledge, 2015) 199-210.
  • (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).