Care, relationships, health
This theme describes the work of colleagues engaged in the regulation and governance of relationships in law and society in family, health and social care contexts.
The key topics and concepts it encompasses include: capabilities; child law; disability law; discrimination and equality law; family law; feminist legal theory; gender and law; healthcare law; health and social care technologies; law and sexuality; medical law; mental capacity and mental health; relationality; succession law; vulnerability.
Researchers have influenced new health and social care legislation, protections and safeguards; identified gaps and pitfalls in existing regulations; and provided guidance on best practice in medical ethics, safety, and delivery. Research has been published in journals such as The British Journal of Nursing, Medical Law Review, and Frontiers in Public Health.
In addition to our school-wide Research Seminar Series, we meeting regularly to share research ideas and publications. The Centre for Health Law, Science and Policy includes members from across the University of Birmingham and collaborates with those working in the NHS and legal profession both nationally and internationally. This theme forms a subject stream in our Annual Research Conference.
There is also a Gender and the Law research group which falls under the ‘Care, Relationship and Health’ ‘umbrella’. This group is aimed both at staff and postgraduate students whose research interests sit broadly within gender and the law, and it holds regular reading groups and speaker events (with speakers both from within, and outside of, the University). For further information, please contact Charlotte Bendall.
- Fiona de Londras - reproductive rights, abortion law
- Máiréad Enright – family law, reproductive rights,
- Atina Krajewska - genomics, reproductive rights, and global health law
- Jean McHale - health law
- Muireann Quigley – bodies, biomaterials, and (bio)technologies
- Samantha Schnobel - human and nonhuman health-related negligence claims
- Karen Yeung - governance of digital healthcare technologies
- John Tingle - clinical negligence, global patient safety
- Sylvie Delacroix - medical ethics, healthcare law, professional responsibility
- Kate Bedford - gender and development, feminist legal theory, political economy.
- Charlotte Bendall (2016) ‘A “divorce blueprint”? The use of heteronormative strategies in addressing financial remedies on same sex partnership dissolution’, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 31(2) 267-286.
- Rosie Harding (2017) Duties to Care: Dementia, Relationality and Law Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ‘Cambridge Studies in Law and Society’ series.
- Kate Bedford (2020) 'Law, gender, and development: potent hauntings', Law and Development Review
- Sylvie Delacroix (2019) ‘At a cross-roads? The courts’ shifting apprehension of the vulnerability at stake in the lay-healthcare provider relationship’, Journal of Medical Law and Ethics
- Fiona de Londras and Máiréad Enright (2020)Abortion activism, legal change, and taking feminist law work seriously The Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly
- Atina Krajewska (2018) 'Transnational health law beyond the private/public divide: the case of reproductive rights', Journal of Law and Society
- Melanie Latham and Jean McHale (2020) The Legal Regulation of Cosmetic Procedures: Legal Ethical and Regulatory Challenges (Routledge)
- Muireann Quigley (2018) Self-ownership, property rights, and the human body: a legal and philosophical analysis. Cambridge Bioethics and Law, Cambridge University Press
- Karen Yeung (2014) 'How Can the Criminal Law Support the Provision of Quality in Healthcare?' British Medical Journal (Quality and Safety) (jointly authored with Jeremy Horder QC)
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