LAW | HEALTH | JUSTICE addresses the question: how can law best address inequality in health and unmet health needs, in particular for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. All of our research is directed to legal change.
Our work is driven by our shared commitment to responsive regulation; that is to laws, ethics, social policies and practices that reflect the needs and experiences of the populations they were intended to serve. Our unique approach to the legal regulation addresses issues of rapid technological development and changing social needs and practices in health from a patient-centred but legally-oriented frame.
As a group we pursue health justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations through the use of empirically grounded research methods and cross-disciplinary forms of knowledge and collaborations (in particular working with anthropologists, social scientists and health professionals) to directly inform legal change. The work of the group is particularly influenced by its roots in feminist legal analysis and the role of law in regulating women's bodies. That foundation has led members of the group to develop a range of research interests in health inequities.
Our research group explores a number of distinct, but interrelated, problems in health regulation. We have a particular focus on, and world leading expertise in, legal issues concerning assisted reproductive technologies, genetic testing, disability and biotechnologies of the body, and emerging expertise in the regulation of the health professions.