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Prof Nicky Priaulx

Position: Professor
School: Law and Politics

Tel: +44(0)29 2087 5869
Fax: +44(0)29 2087 4097
Ext: 75869

Point of contact: Helen Calvert

   Chair of the Board of Postgraduate Studies
   Director of Centre for Ethics, Law & Society
   Organiser of Cardiff Law School Research Staff Seminar Series

   Tort law; medical law; legal and social epistemology; bioethics; policy formation and legal ergonomics.


Nicky completed the LLB (first class hons, 2000) and her doctorate at the University of Kent (2004). She took up a Lectureship at Keele University in 2004, joined Cardiff Law School in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer. The main substantive areas in which Nicky is engaged across the LLB, LLM and PhD programmes include torts and medical law. She also contributes to a wider range of programmes within the law school and in other departments at Cardiff University. 

Nicky's published work and project work illustrates a wide range of concerns, and engagement with actors from other disciplines and fields such as economics, the health sciences, science communication, philosophy, bioethics and science and technology studies. While an intellectual magpie, what binds her work together is an enduring fascination around the relationship between knowledge and the development of social and public policy. She is particularly interested in how different disciplines work together, and the challenges involved in embracing insights from science (in particular, the behavioural and social sciences) to inform, amongst other fields, the legal project. Such concerns inform projects such as 'Multidisciplinary Understandings of Legal Academia' funded by the British Academy (co-investigation with Dr Martin Weinel in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences).  

Nicky is author of The Harm Paradox: Tort Law and the Unwanted Child in an Era of Choice  (Routledge-Cavendish, 2007) and co-editor (with Dr Anthony Wrigley, Keele University) of Ethics, Law & Society (Ashgate, 2012). Nicky's second monograph entitled Beyond the Negligence Paradigm: Towards a Regulatory Ergonomic Approach to Error and Injury is due for publication in 2017.

Supervision: Nicky has successfully supervised hundreds of projects at undergraduate and master's level, as well as supervising two PhD students in law to completion (Dr Tom Hayes, 2016 and Dr Hephzibah Egede, 2016). She is currently co-supervisor of a full-time PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences, Chris Goldsworthy whose project centralises the coronial system and genetic testing for SAD.