Southampton Law School

Caroline Jones

LLB (Hons) PhD

Primary position:
Senior lecturer in Law
Other positions:
Director, Centre for Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)


The University of Southampton

I joined the Law School at Southampton in 2003. I had previously tutored and lectured part-time at Lancaster University whilst completing my PhD. My main areas of research and teaching focus on family law, health ethics and law, and tort law. I have a particular interest in the processes of production of both public policy and law, including methodological approaches to examining ‘hidden’ aspects of policy and law-making. In 2005, Jonathan Montgomery and I founded HEAL – the Health Ethics and Law research centre at the Law School, University of Southampton – and I am the current Director of HEAL.

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Jones, C. and Holme, I. (2013) Relatively (im)material: mtDNA and genetic relatedness in law and policy. Life Sciences, Society and Policy, 9, (4), 1-14. (doi:10.1186/2195-7819-9-4).
Jones, C. (2012) Book review. European human rights and family law, Shazia Choudhry and Jonathan Herring. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 24, (2), 487-488.
Blyth, E., Crawshaw, M., Frith, L. and Jones, Caroline (2012) Donor-conceived people's views and experiences of their genetic origins: a critical analysis of the research evidence. Journal of Law and Medicine, 19, (4), 769-789.
Blyth, Eric, Crawshaw, Marilyn, Frith, Lucy, Jones, Caroline and Martin, Nina (2011) Comment. No 'brownie points' for ill-conceived Donation Review. Bionews, (593)
Blyth, Eric, Crawshaw, Marilyn, Frith, Lucy, Jones, Caroline and Speirs, Jennifer (2010) Wither the HFEA and the fate of donor registers? Bionews, 572
Blyth, Eric, Frith, Lucy, Jones, Caroline and Speirs, Jennifer (2009) The role of birth certificates in relation to access to biographical and genetic history in donor conception. International Journal of Children's Rights, 17, (2), 207-233. (doi:10.1163/157181808X389254).
Jones, Caroline (2007) Book review. The status of the family in law and bioethics: the genetic context. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 19, (2), 269-274.
Jones, Caroline (2007) Changing conceptions of welfare. Journal of Fertility Counselling, 14, (2), 35-40.


Jones, Caroline (2007) Why donor insemination requires developments in family law: the need for new definitions of parenthood, Lewiston, US, Edwin Mellen Press, 328pp. (Hors Série).

Book Section

Biggs, Hazel and Jones, Caroline (2013) Tourism: a matter of life and death in the United Kingdom. In, Cohen, I. Glenn (ed.) The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues. New York, US, Oxford University Press, 164-181.
Biggs , H. and Jones , C. (2013) Legally vulnerable: what is vulnerability and who is vulnerable? In, Freeman, Michael (ed.) Law and Global Health. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press. (Current Legal Issues, 16). (In Press).
Jones, Caroline (2011) The (im)possible parents in law. In, Lind, Craig, Keating, Heather and Bridgeman, Jo (eds.) Taking Responsibility: Law and the Changing Family. Aldershot, GB, Ashgate, 201-220. (Family Law).
Jones, Caroline (2009) The identification of ‘parents’ and ‘siblings’: new possibilities under the reformed Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. In, Wallbank, Julie, Choudhry, Shazia and Herring, Jonathan (eds.) Rights, Gender and Family Law. Oxford, UK, Routledge GlassHouse, 219-238.
Jones, Caroline (2008) Exploring the routes from consultation to (in)forming public policy. In, Freeman, Michael (ed.) Current Legal Issues: Law and Bioethics. Law and Bioethics Colloquium Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 257-285.
Jones, Caroline (2006) Parents in law: subjective impacts and status implications around the use of licensed donor insemination. In, Diduck, Alison and O'Donovan, Katherine (eds.) Feminist Perspectives on Family Law. Oxford, GB, Routledge-Cavendish, 75-99. (Feminist Perspectives).

Conference or Workshop Item

Biggs, Hazel and Jones, Caroline (2012) Vulnerability as a legal concept. In, UCL Current Legal Issues Colloquium 2012 - Law and Global Health , London, GB, 02 - 03 Jul 2012.
Jones, Caroline (2012) Working party on donor conception: evidence session. Nuffield Council on Bioethics' Working Party Evidence Session on Legal & Regulatory Aspects of (Non-)Disclosure of Information on Donor Conception, London, GB, 22 Jun 2012.
Jones, Caroline (2012) Relatively (im)material? Mitochondrial DNA and genetic relatedness in legal discourse. Interdisciplinary Dialogue: the Genetic Family in Question, Manchester, GB, 10 May 2012.
Jones, Caroline (2012) Pretty vulnerable? “Protecting” children in cross-border reproductive arrangements. Family Law Research Group Seminar, Brunel Law School, United Kingdom,
Jones, Caroline (2012) The challenges of mitochondrial donation. In, Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Group on Mitochondrial Donation: Evidence Session, London, GB,
Jones, Caroline (2011) Genes and parenting scoping meeting. Genes and Parenting Scoping Meeting, London, GB, 09 Jun 2011.
Jones, Caroline (2011) The legal and policy challenges of mitochondrial donation. Annual Forward Look Seminar Nuffield Council on Bioethics, London, GB, 19 - 20 May 2011.
Biggs, Hazel and Jones, Caroline (2011) Tourism: a matter of life and death in the UK. In, The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Challenges, Cambridge, US, 20 - 21 May 2011.
Jones, Caroline (2011) Public policy, birth certificates and donor-conception: making their mark? In, Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference, Brighton, GB, 12 - 14 Apr 2011.
Jones, Caroline (2010) The (im)possible parents in law. In, SLS Annual Conference, Southampton, GB, 13 - 16 Sep 2010.
Biggs, Hazel, Jones, Caroline and Montgomery, Jonathan (2010) Testing the health of law. In, SLS Annual Conference, Southampton, GB, 13 - 16 Sep 2010.
Jones, Caroline (2010) Regulating relationships: new challenges posed by reproductive technologies. Family, Regulation and Society, London, GB, 15 - 16 Mar 2010.
Jones, Caroline (2009) Exploring the routes from consultation to (in)forming public policy. Institute of Medical Law seminar series, Birmingham, GB,
Jones, Caroline (2009) The identification of ‘parents’ and ‘siblings’: new possibilities under the reformed Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008: New Directions in Biolaw and Bioethics, Keele,
Jones, Caroline (2009) Invited discussant on law, genetics and identity politics. In, The Genetics and Identity Politics of Parenthood and Family: We are family?, Edinburgh, GB, 19 - 20 Feb 2009.
Jones, Caroline (2008) Parenthood, consent and identity: (un)gendered concerns around assisted conception. Rights, Gender and Family Law, Oxford, GB,
Jones, Caroline (2007) From consultation to public policy-making: mapping the route(s). In, Law and Bioethics Colloquium, London, GB, 02 - 03 Jul 2007.
Jones, Caroline (2007) Changing conceptions of welfare. In, Nobody's Child, Everybody's Children: International Conference on New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies, Vancouver, CA, 24 - 26 May 2007.


Research Interests

My research interests lie mainly at the intersection of family and health care law, but extend to aspects of tort law. I am especially interested in the processes of production of public policy and law and the impact on society.

I have previously explored social and legal constructions of kinship and parenthood, in the context of donor assisted conception, which led to considerations of ‘identity’ and the normative emphasis placed on, negotiated, or denied re bio-genetic ties in law, policy and by those using assisted reproductive technologies – including most recently in the debates around mitochondrial donation/transfer. My research into public policy formation has focused on the secondary data analysis of consultation responses, to explore the routes from the consultation to policy formation, in sensitive and controversial areas. More recently I have focused, with Hazel Biggs, on constructions of vulnerability and conflict of laws issues following cross-border surrogacy arrangements.

With Jonathan Montgomery and Hazel Biggs, I have been exploring the role of test cases in the development of health care law. This has led to a Modern Law Review sponsored seminar on 'Hidden Lawmakers: The Impact of Litigation Strategies on the Development of Health Care Law' (2011); and a Faculty of Business and Law sponsored colloquium on ‘The Impact of Intervenors’ Litigation Strategies in Health Care Law’ (2012). In 2013, as PI (with Jonathan Montgomery as the Co-I), I secured a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust small grant to consider ‘Test Case Biographies’ in this field.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in undertaking doctoral research, and from potential applicants interested in developing proposals for postdoctoral research positions at Southampton in any area related to my research.

Primary research group: Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)

Affiliate research group:  Centre for Law, Ethics and Globalisation


Director of HEAL
Teaching allocation
Member Staff Student Liaison Committee
Member School Research Committee

Teaching Responsibilities

Convenor for the Law of Torts (LAWS2019)

Joint convenor for Family Law (LAWS3061)

Ethics in a Complex World (UOSM2009)


Dr Caroline Jones
Southampton Law School
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