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Panel Discussion: The Abortion Act 50 Years On: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Join our panel of experts who will be discussing The Abortion Act 50 Years On: Where Do We Go From Here? The panel will be discussing abortion generally, including the impact of stigma, and will consider whether and how we should amend the Abortion Act. Chaired by Dr Imogen Goold (Oxford) the panel will include lawyers, ethicists and historians. Join us to hear from Professor Senia Paseta (Oxford), Professor Sally Sheldon (Kent), Dr Sheelagh McGuinness (Bristol), and Professor Jonathan Herring (Oxford). Audience participation will be welcome!

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Imogen Goold studied Law and Modern History at the University of Tasmania, Australia, receiving her PhD in 2005. Her doctoral research explored the use of property law to regulate human body parts. She also received a Masters degree in Bioethics from the University of Monash in 2005. From 1999, she was a research member of the Centre for Law and Genetics, where she published on surrogacy laws, legal constraints on access to infertility treatments and proprietary rights in human tissue. In 2002, she took up as position as a Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission, working on the inquiries into Genetic Information Privacy and Gene Patenting. After leaving the ALRC in 2004, she worked briefly at the World Health Organisation, researching the provision of genetic medical services in developing countries. She is now examining the impact of moral arguments on the regulation of IVF and also writing a book based on her work on body part ownership.


Professor Senia Paseta

Professor Senia Paseta is a historian of modern Ireland with a particular interest in the history of education, religious identity formation and political movements and ideas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. "I have published on the development of a Catholic university elite in pre-independence Ireland and I have also worked on a number of aspects of women's history, including the history of feminism and women's education in Ireland. My current research is in the history of women and political activism in Britain and Ireland. My most recent book, Irish Nationalist Women, 1900-1918 (Cambridge, 2013), examines how politically active women worked within broader nationalist and feminist contexts during a volatile period of Irish history. I am now working on a book which considers further forms of women's political activism including Irish unionism, socialism, education and social reform. I am also interested in connections between Irish and British radical politics and am currently writing on the centrality of the Irish Question to the women's suffrage movement across the United Kingdom."

Sally Sheldon's research interests are primarily in health care law and ethics, and the legal regulation of gender. She has published widely in the area of medical ethics and law, including a book on abortion law ('Beyond Control: Medical Power and Abortion law', 1997) and a co-edited collection of essays on Feminist Perspectives on Health Care Law (1998). Together with Richard Collier of Newcastle Law School, she has also co-authored a socio-legal study of fatherhood ('Fragmenting Fatherhood', 2008) and co-edited 'Fathers' Rights activism and Law Reform (2007). Her current work centres on reproduction and the law.

Dr Sheelagh McGuinness

Dr Sheelagh McGuinness has wide-ranging interests in health law and policy, particularly the regulation of reproduction and reproductive justice. Recent publications include ‘Abortion Law Reform in Ireland: A Model for Change’ Feminists@law; (with Enright, M, Conway, V, DeLondras, F, Donnelly, M, Fletcher, R, McDonnell, N, Murray, C, Ring, S & UiChonnachtaigh, S) ‘Medicine and abortion law: complicating the reforming profession’ (with Thomson M) (2015) 23 Medical Law Review 177-99; ‘A guerrilla strategy for a pro life England’ (2015) 2 Law Innovation and Technology 1-32. Sheelagh sits on The UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council (2011 – Present) and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service Research Ethics Committee (2016-Present). Her editorial roles include being a member of the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies and the steering committee for The Ethical Judgments Project. Sheelagh is a co-investigator on an ESRC funded projected entitled “Death before Birth: Understanding, informing and supporting the choices made by people who have experienced miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth” and she has continued research interests in the regulation of abortion.


Jonathan Herring is a fellow in law at Exeter College, Oxford and a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford: "I research how the law relates with the things that matter most to us. Our family, our friends, our bodies. My writing questions the assumption that we are capable, independent, self-sufficient, autonomous people who need legal rights to protect us from invasion from others. Instead I believe we are profoundly vulnerable and interdependent. We need a law which enriches and protects our relationships, rather than one that promotes individualistic versions of rights. Applying this kind of thinking I have written on a wide range of issues including family law, criminal law, caring; vulnerable adults; older people; children’s rights; marriage; ownership of body parts; pregnancy; and rape."


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