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The University of Southampton
Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)


Reproduction, Ethics, Policy, Regulation, Obstetrics, and Law (REPROLAW)

Bringing together people working on human reproduction from legal and ethical perspectives.


Directors - Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning and Dr Claire Lougarre

Natasha and Claire work in all aspects of Reproduction, Ethics and Law, and direct REPROLAW


Please see staff profiles for further details of a selection of recent book chapters, journal articles and presentations on various topics within reproductive health, ethics, and law that have been written by Dr Hammond-Browning and Dr Lougarre


We are involved in a wide range of research, individually and in collaborations, covering areas across reproductive health, ethics, and law.

These include interdisciplinary and policy-focused projects.


Students at the University of Southampton can learn more about the latest developments in reproductive health law and ethics through studying with members of REPROLAW. REPROLAW members contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes within law and reproductive health.



REPROLAW members are involved in organising academic events on different topics related to reproductive health, ethics, and law. Most of the events bring together internationally-recognised scholars from around the globe. In July 2016, the inaugural event of REPROLAW brought together academics from a range of disciplines to discuss Reproductive Futures: Reproductive Choices? This two day workshop explored the role of law and ethics in regulating and guiding scientific advances, current and potential, in the field of human reproduction.

On 22nd February 2017 Dr Mark Flear from Queen’s University Belfast spoke at Southampton Law School - European Patent Law, the human embryo and biomedical research

On 8th November 2017 Dr Cathy Herbrand from De Montfort University spoke at Southampton Law School - How was the legalisation of mitochondrial donation possible in the UK? Exploring key strategies employed during the debates

On 13th December 2017 Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning spoke - Uterus transplants – Reproductive Revolution or Cause for Concern?

Details of forthcoming events will be posted here


Contact Us and Mailing List

We have a dedicated mailing list through which we send updates on events and other items related to the field of reproduction, broadly defined. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, or have an item that may be of interest to our members, please contact Natasha or Claire on the email addresses below.

Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning

Dr Claire Lougarre


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