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.
Torts 1: Foundations
Torts 2: Development
Mental Health Law
Gender, Sexuality, and Law
BA Social Work
MA Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy, and Practice
MA Social Work
Awarded a 3 year Graduate Teaching Assistant scholarship from the University of Manchester.
- ‘”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
Full Publications List show
Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism (Book Review). Feminist Review. doi>
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>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>2015.