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Dr Julie Doughty

Dr Julie Doughty

Senior Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

+44(0)29 2087 4342
3.48, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Media commentator


Julie Doughty graduated in law at the University of Bristol, and subsequently qualified as a solicitor, working in private practice for more than ten years. She has also worked for Shelter, co-ordinating an advocacy project. In 1993 she joined local government as the manager of the South-east Wales Guardian ad litem Panel, and transferred to CAFCASS (Children & Family Court Advisory & Support Service) as a team manager in 2001. She joined the Law School in 2003 as a research assistant with a project disseminating Joseph Rowntree Foundation research on the effects of divorce, separation and family change.

She then worked as a researcher on a number of empirical research studies on care proceedings; expert witnesses; and children's views on media access to courts. Her PhD topic was the functions of family courts.

She was a member of the BAAF (British Association for Adoption & Fostering) Cymru Legal Group and represented Wales on the BAAF Legal Group Advisory Committee until its closure in July 2015. She is now a member of the AFA Cymru Legal Group and is Vice-Chair of Family Mediation Cardiff. She edited a practitioners' journal, Seen and Heard (ISSN 1744-1072) from 2008 to 2015. She is a trustee and founder member of The Transparency Project, which aims to make the family justice system clearer.

Julie is deputy director of the Law School's Centre for Health and Social Care Law; an associate with CASCADE; a member of Cardiff University's Adoption Research Group; and (with colleagues at the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter) the Network on Family, Regulation and Society. Recent research projects include personal welfare disputes in the Court of Protection, led by Professor Phil Fennell and the Wales Adoption Study, led by Dr Katherine Shelton (School of Psychology). In March 2017, Julie published a report on her research on published family court judgments, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

In 2015, Julie established the Children's Social Care Law in Wales website for social workers, foster carers and advisers in Wales. She is a consultant editor, on the law in Wales, for the encylopaedia on Children Law and Practice (Hershman and McFarlane).

Julie currently teaches on the LLB Media Law and Equity & Trusts modules and is programme convenor for the LLM in Social Care Law, for which she teaches Social Care Rights and The Child & the State.



















Care Council for Wales: Developing a teaching and learning resource in child law for social workers.

Nuffield Foundation: An evaluation of published family court judgments.

Personal welfare disputes in the Court of Protection -with Professor Phil Fennell, Professor Luke Clements and Dr Lucy Series.

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Wales Adoption Cohort Study - Funded by NISCHR (Welsh Government)

An evaluation of published family court judgments - Funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

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