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Dr Nicky Priaulx

Position: Reader
School: Law

Tel: +44(0)29 2087 5869
Fax: +44 29208 74097
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 (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 and in 2012 was promoted to Reader. The main substantive areas in which Nicky is engaged across the LLB, LLM and PhD programmes at Cardiff as a lecturer include torts and medical law. 


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. What binds together her work 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).

Nicky is author of The Harm Paradox: Tort Law and the Unwanted Child in an Era of Choice  (Routledge-Cavendish, 2007)). Nicky's second monograph entitled Beyond the Negligence Paradigm: Towards a Regulatory Ergonomic Approach to Error and Injury is due for publication in 2015. Nicky is also co-editor (with Dr Anthony Wrigley, Keele University) of Ethics, Law & Society (Ashgate, 2012). She is a member of various professional bodies, including the International Association of Bioethics, Western Economic Association and the Law and Society Association. Nicky is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Affiliate Member of the British Psychological Association.


Nicky is supervisor of three PhD students, two pursuing part-time PhD in law: Tom Hayes (informed consent/medical law) and Hephzibar Egede (access to reproductive technologies in sub-Saharan African countries) and one full-time co-supervised PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences, Chris Goldsworthy (the coronial system and genetic testing for SAD).

Nicky welcomes enquiries from prospective candidates for PhDs in torts and medical law, and would be particularly interested in exploring PhD projects which seek to interrogate and map technologies of knowledge within law and policy.