Biography

Laura joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in January 2016. She holds an LLB (Hons) (2006) and an LLM in Human Rights Law (2007) from the University of Nottingham, a PGDip (2012) in Education Studies from Bangor University, and a PhD (2016) in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence from the University of Manchester. Her doctoral thesis explored different theoretical approaches to the law concerning health and welfare decision-making by older adults.

Prior to joining Keele, Laura was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester, where she taught Legal Methods and Systems, Tort Law, Criminal Law and Principles of Law Medicine and Ethics. She also undertook research assistant work on clinical negligence and medical malpractice, as well as co-developing an Open Access pilot project. She has also worked as a part-time tutor in Law in the School of Lifelong Learning, Bangor University, where she taught Law for Non-Lawyers, and Introduction to Human Rights Law.

Research and scholarship

Laura’s current research is predominantly concerned with critiquing the law and its underlying principles as they relate to older people. Her doctoral research explored whether the current legal framework that regulates decision-making under the Inherent Jurisdiction and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is adequately equipped to deal with how older people experience decision-making as a process, in particular where they may have been subjected to ageism, abuse or have dementia.   She is also interested in examining whether feminist theories that emphasise the importance of relationships in autonomy and identity may be better equipped to understand the issues faced by older adults, and provide more appropriate and sensitive legal responses.

In general, her research interests span medical law and ethics, mental capacity law, safeguarding, and elder abuse.  She is particularly interested in incorporating evidence from other disciplines to help critique the law.

Teaching

Undergraduate:

Torts 1: Foundations
Torts 2: Development
Mental Health Law
Gender, Sexuality, and Law
BA Social Work

Postgraduate:

MA Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy, and Practice
MA Social Work
Dissertation Supervision

Further information

Awarded a 3 year Graduate Teaching Assistant scholarship from the University of Manchester.

Conference Papers:

  • ‘”This Man with Dementia” – ‘Othering’ the Person with Dementia in the Court of Protection’, Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, University of Lancaster, April 2016
  • 'The Good, the Bad and the 'Vulnerable Older Adult', University of Manchester PGR Conference, October 2015
  •  ‘Ageism and Autonomy in Health Care’, Postgraduate Bioethics Conference, Manchester, September 2015
  •  ‘Ageism and Autonomy in Health Care: Explorations through a Relational Lens’, University of Birmingham PGR Conference, June 2014

Selected Publications

  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. Exploring the potential and the pitfalls of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and General Comment no. 1 for people with dementia. Int J Law Psychiatry, vol. 66, 101467. link> doi> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2018. Revisiting the Feminist Critique of Rights: Lessons for a New Older Persons' Convention?. In Ageing, Gender and Family Law. Taylor and Francis. link> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2018. ‘Adults at Risk’: ‘Vulnerability’ by Any Other Name?. Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 20(1), 47-58. doi> link> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2017. "This Man with Dementia"1-'Othering' the Person with Dementia in the Court of Protection. Med Law Rev. link> doi> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2016. A Clinician's Brief Guide to the Mental Capacity Act. Med Law Rev, vol. 24(3), 446-451. link> doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. Exploring the potential and the pitfalls of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and General Comment no. 1 for people with dementia. Int J Law Psychiatry, vol. 66, 101467. link> doi> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2018. ‘Adults at Risk’: ‘Vulnerability’ by Any Other Name?. Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 20(1), 47-58. doi> link> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2017. "This Man with Dementia"1-'Othering' the Person with Dementia in the Court of Protection. Med Law Rev. link> doi> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2016. A Clinician's Brief Guide to the Mental Capacity Act. Med Law Rev, vol. 24(3), 446-451. link> doi>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2016. The good, the bad, and the 'vulnerable older adult'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. doi> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism (Book Review). Feminist Review. doi>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2015. Alzheimer's Disease, Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia Constructing Risk and Selling Death in an Ageing Society (Book Review). Medical Law Review. doi>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2015. Night-time care, article 8 and the European court of human rights: a missed opportunity?. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol. 37(1), 108-110. doi>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2017. Ageism and Autonomy in Health Care: Explorations Through a Relational Lens. Health Care Anal, vol. 25(1), 72-89. link> doi> full text>

Chapters

  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2018. Revisiting the Feminist Critique of Rights: Lessons for a New Older Persons' Convention?. In Ageing, Gender and Family Law. Taylor and Francis. link> full text>