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, Law and Art 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.
Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)
Affiliate research group(s)
Centre for Law, Policy and Society
Dr Caroline Jones
Faculty of Business, Law and Art, Building 4 University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK
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