Professor Nicolette Priaulx
Professor of Law
I am an active interdisciplinarian, and work collaboratively with actors from other fields including economics, the health sciences, science communication, bioethics and science and technology studies, among others. What binds my work together is an enduring fascination with the acquisition and formation of knowledge, the meta-cognitive skills required to appreciate what we know (and what we don't), and the challenges of working across disciplines.
In the last couple of years in particular, I have enjoyed the opportunity to lead a variety of research initiatives at Cardiff University and beyond. I was the lead Director of the WG Hart 2016 Workshop at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (see our Storify). I lead the LawLab Research Centre at Cardiff and the Law, Experience and Practice Network, both of which use a range of experimental techniques to enhance (and learn the ‘know how’ of) collaborative cross-disciplinary practice (click here for details of our highly active events programme). I am currently leading a variety of projects which includes the 'Multidisciplinary Understandings of Legal Academia' funded by the British Academy. As part of this, I have run a number of key events including, Exploring Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity – Public Engagement Event sciSCREEN – showing of ‘Arrival’ (June 2017) and The Future of Legal Academia: Transformations and Innovations (June 2017) – Two Day Event (Co-organised with Dr Lydia Hayes and Dr Russell Sandberg) (June 2017). I am also working with Dr Katy Greenland (School of Social Sciences) on an Athena Swan project entitled, ‘Does Gender Matter? The Experiences of being a female academic in Higher Education’ (funded by Cardiff College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences).
I am currently on research leave, until September 2018, and am completing my monograph manuscript, Regulatory Ergonomics: Rethinking Error, Injury and Negligence (Glasshouse Press, 2018).
I undertook my undergraduate and postgradute studies at the University of Kent (LLB, first class honours, 2000; PhD in Law, 2004, no revisions) and started as a lecturer at Keele Law School in 2004. I moved to Cardiff University in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer, securing promotion to Readership in 2012, and Chair in 2016.
At Cardiff School of Law and Politics I am a proud member of a number of vibrant and committed teaching teams that deliver at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have extensive experience of programme and module leadership, and the substantive areas of my teaching delivery include torts, medical law (of which we offer a wide provision of modules across undergraduate and postgraduate level) and postgraduate skills. I also provide guest lectures on Legal Foundations and contributions to modules running in other schools.
I have successfully supervised hundreds of projects at undergraduate and master's level, as well as successfully supervising three PhD students to completion, 2 in law (Dr Tom Hayes, 2016 and Dr Hephzibah Egede, 2016) and one co-supervised PhD student from the School of Social Sciences (Chris Goldsworthy, 2017). All three PhD students have successfully secured full-time work in Higher Education (Cardiff University, University of Buckingham, Oxford University).
I welcome enquiries from prospective students who are interested in the intersection between legal studies and theories of expertise/knowledge, and interdisciplinarity and law.
Honours and awards
Grants and Awards
- Valuing Expertise: Legal, Normative and Social Dimensions, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 2016 W G Hart Legal Workshop (co-organised with Professor Matthew Weait, Portsmouth University), £3000.
- Principal Investigator, BA Small Grants application for £9,883 for project ‘Multidisciplinary Understandings of Legal Academia’ (awarded July 2015; project runs until 31 July 2017).
- Principal Investigator (with co-investigator, Dr Lydia Hayes) of Cardiff University College for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Network Initiator Funding (Law, Experience and Practice: A network for interdisciplinarity in care research) £25,000 (awarded June 2015).
- SRC Training Bursary of £1,000 for course on Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice (2013).
- Principal Investigator for Law School’s contribution to FP7 European Commission Science in Society Consortium Grant, ETHICSWEB (with Consortium of 11 Universities); total Cardiff grant, £25,000 (Project concluded 2012).
Impact and Media Appearances
- Work cited by the Court of Appeal of Singapore in ACB v Thomson Medical PTE Ltd and others  SGCA 20 (Priaulx, N, “Damages for the 'Unwanted' Child: Time for a Rethink?” (2005) 73 Medico-Legal Journal 152).
- Appearance on Newstalk ZB Radio (New Zealand’s largest radio station) discussing Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley’s comments around reproduction policy.
- Invited to give Oral Evidence for a cross-bench group in Parliament on Abortion on Grounds of Foetal Abnormality (4th Session [Law] 18th March 2013). See my write up about this experience: Pro-Life Inquiries: When is a Parliamentary Inquiry really a Parliamentary Inquiry? Part I; Pro-Life Inquiries: When is a Parliamentary Inquiry really a Parliamentary Inquiry? Part II.
- Written Evidence, Commons Select Committee, All Party Group Inquiry (June 2013). Note that changes have been implemented by the Parliamentary Standards Rules for APPGs and subsequently enforced.
- Priaulx, N, (Key Note) ‘A Bluffer’s Guide to Everything’: Law, Knowledge & Expertise’ The Futures of Legal Education, Legal Education Research Network (LERN), Open University (26 September 2017).
- Priaulx, N, ‘Cross-disciplinary Collaborative Practice’, Interdisciplinary Research: Opportunities and Challenges – Lunchtime Debate Series, Academia Europaea Cardiff Knowledge Hub (9 June 2017).
- Priaulx, N and Jones, N, “The Abortion Act 1967”, Women’s Legal Landmarks, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (13 April 2017).
- Priaulx, N and Weinel, M, “(Mis)Understanding Behaviour: Law, Science and Expertise’, Behavioural Science in Law & Policy: Evidence, Ethics, & Expertise, Newcastle University (22 – 23 September 2016).
- Priaulx, N, “Law & Society in Transition: Dealing with Emerging Challenges”, Fossilisation & Innovation in Law, Newcastle University (11-12 July 2016).
- Priaulx, N and Weinel, M, ‘Building Bridges between Disciplines: Multidisciplinary Understandings of Legal Academia’, Law and Society Association, Mexico City, Mexico (19-23 July 2017).
- Priaulx, N and Weinel, M, “Multidisciplinary Understandings of Legal Academia”, Society for Social Studies of Science, Denver, Colorado (11 – 14 November 2015).
Committees and reviewing
School Level Citizenship (Examples)
- 2016 - Present: Member of Research Committee; Lead and co-director of the LawLab Research Centre; Principal Investigator and co-ordinator of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, ‘Law, Experience and Practice’ network.
- 2016 - 2017: Chair of the Law Curriculum Review
- 2013 - 2016: Acting Director of Postgraduate Studies; Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research and Postgraduate Taught; Chair of the Board of Postgraduate Studies
- 2013 - 2015: Organiser (with Stijn Smismans) of the Law Research Seminar series;
- 2013 - 2014: Member of the Senior Management Team; Route Convenor of European Legal Studies, Route Convenor of the Law Pathway of the Social Science Research MSc, and LLM Admissions Tutor.
- 2009 - 2012: Director of the Legal Aspects of Medical Practice Programme
- 2007 - 2012: Postgraduate Steering Committee
- 2009 - 2013: Member of University Senate
- 2010 - 2013: Academic Strategy Committee and Senate Panel Student Complaints Committee.
- External Assessor on Promotion Applications for a variety of Institutions (2013 - Present).
- External Examiner for PhD examination; Kent Law School, Emma Topham, Thick and Thin Concepts in Law (April 2017).
- External Examiner for PhD examination; Birmingham Law School, Samantha Schnobel, Prioritising the Best Interests of the Animal and Re-Framing Veterinary Negligence (Dec 2016).
- Internal Examiner (with Professor Carl Stychin as external), for PhD examination of a Cardiff Law Candidate (September 2014; February 2016).
- External Examiner, University of Kent, LLB modules and Medical Law LLM (to May 2014).
- External Examiner, Sussex Law School (CPE/GDL Programme) (Feb 2009 – July 2012).
- Moderator/Examiner for Birkbeck Law School (July 2008 – June 2011).
- External Examiner on MJur Thesis, Durham Law School (2010).
- Co-editor (with A. Wrigley) of Ethics, Law & Society Volume V (2013, Ashgate Publishing).
- Editorial Board, The Journal of Medical Law and Ethics (Paris Legal Publishers).
- Editorial Board, Reproductive BioMedicine and Society (Elsevier Publishing).
I regularly review for a variety of grant bodies, journals and publishing houses nationally and internationally. These include,
- The Wellcome Trust, British Academy, Legal Studies, Bioethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, Medical Law International
- Medical Law Review, LP Law Review (Malaysia), Australian Feminist Law Journal, Feminist Legal Studies, Accountability in Research, Int’l Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Science, Technology and Human Values
- Journal of Law and Society, Health Care Analysis, Journal of Forensic Economics, Journal of Legal Economics, Routledge Publishing, Glasshouse Publishing, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press
I am on Research Leave from September 2017 to September 2018.
Principal Investigator, BA Small Grants application for £9,883 for project ‘Multidisciplinary Understandings of Legal Academia’ (awarded July 2015; project runs for 2 years from September 2015).
Principal Investigator (with Dr Lydia Hayes, co-investigator) of Cardiff University College for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Network Initiator Funding (Law, Experience and Practice: A network for interdisciplinarity in care research) £25,000 (awarded June 2015; project runs for 18 months from September 2015).
Academic Director (with Matthew Weait, Portsmouth) of the WG Hart 2016 Workshop at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, £3,000.
Acting Principal Investigator for Law School’s contribution to FP7 European Commission Science in Society Consortium Grant, ETHICSWEB (with Consortium of 11 Universities); total Cardiff grant, £25,000 (Project concluded 2012).
Multidisciplinary Understandings of Legal Academia
September 2015 – September 2017 - Funded by BA/Leverhulme Small Grant
Building upon earlier work in respect of barriers to interdisciplinary understanding, but the critical importance of collaborative work for justice and effective regulation, this project forms the first part of a capacity building exercise in opening up key opportunities for lawyers to engage and collaborate with other disciplines. Funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme, this project seeks to gain an understanding of how non-legal academics understand the variety of skill sets and expertise that lawyers have to bring, as well as their understandings of what legal academics do. The hypothesis is that in the absence of interdisciplinary engagement with lawyers or familiarity with legal studies, non-legal academics are likely to draw upon stereotypical ideas of lawyers and lawyering. The project involves a web-based survey, working with focus groups, and a strong dissemination programme in exploring with different groups the results of our survey. While useful as a potential tool for highlighting connections and disconnections between disciplines generally, my hope is to use the results as a foundation for better communicating the range of skills, interests and project work that goes on within the legal academy and creating opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary work.
LEAP: Law, Experience and Practice: A network for interdisciplinarity in care research
September 2015 – April 2017 – Funded by Cardiff University College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Drawing in a broad range of scholars from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, with engagement from the healthcare sciences, the LEAP network constitutes a reflexive learning forum. Interdisciplinary practice raises fundamental epistemic challenges which must be addressed in order to tackle complex social and regulatory needs. The LEAP network brings together different skills and know-how from across AHSS to develop collective expertise. Our aim is the future design of research which addresses questions of how to embed care within communities that are characterized by inequality, yet are increasingly deprived of caring resources in the context of demographic change and austerity. These communities may be spatially constituted, for example in de-industrialised towns or in private domestic households. They may be communities of occupational care providers/care-givers; or they may be communities characterized by individual disadvantage on the basis of age, race, disability or gender. The overarching aim of the network is to develop an interdisciplinary capability to enable research around care to translate into practice, capable of reaching and engaging intermediaries and end-users.
Led by Nicky Priaulx and Lydia Hayes, the LEAP network constitutes a strategic investment on the part of the Cardiff University College for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and will run across a two year period commencing in September 2015.