Professor Nicolette Priaulx

Professor of Law

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2087 5869
1.10, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

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.

Invited to give Oral Evidence for Parliamentary Inquiry in March 2013 (Abortion on the Grounds of Disability).

Co-Module Leader (with Professor Ambreena Manji), Postgraduate Research Study Skills Module


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 – August 2017 - Funded by BA/Leverhulme Small Grant (£9883)

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.