Family Law is a large and lively undergraduate subject at LSE, available
to second and third year undergraduates. It is taught by Helen Reece and
Dr Julie McCandless.
Helen Reece joined LSE as a Reader in Law in September 2009,
having previously held posts elsewhere in the University of London, at
University College London and Birkbeck College. Her main teaching
responsibilities and research interests lie in Family Law.
Helen Reece has published on a wide range of family law issues,
including children’s welfare, lesbian and gay parenting, divorce, child
contact, parental responsibility, domestic violence, sex offenders and
adoption and fostering. An area of theoretical interest in her work has
been conceptions of responsibility within family law, particularly
within divorce law and parental responsibility. Her monograph on this
subject, Divorcing Responsibly, was awarded the Socio-Legal
Studies Association Book Prize in 2004.
Her current research is concerned with the regulation of
intimacy. The main research project at present, Violence to Feminism,
is a theoretical probing of the contemporary feminist approach to
violence against women. The two main research questions are first, why
contemporary feminist theory has celebrated ever-widening conceptions of
violence and secondly, why the contemporary feminist approach to
violence against women has permeated legal development. At present, her
specific research focus is on 1990’s discourse about stalking and
current attitudes towards rape.
Julie McCandless joined LSE as a Lecturer in Law in September
2010, having previously been a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and
a tutor at Keele University.
Julie is particularly interested in the legal regulation of
reproduction and parenthood and has recently published a number of
articles on parenthood law in the context of assisted reproduction. She
was also recently awarded her doctorate degree from Keele University
(July 2010). Her thesis was entitled, Reproducing the Sexual Family:
Law, Gender and Parenthood in Assisted Reproduction. She is
currently working on a number of publications based on this doctoral
research, to include a book chapter on the concept of the ‘sexual
family’ as well as a piece on law and surrogacy.
Julie is further interested in the legal regulation of gender
through family law, as well as socio-legal approaches to the study of
phenomena related to the regulation of familial life. She is currently
developing a socio-legal project on recent changes to the law
surrounding birth registration. The project aims to consider birth
registration in both its historical and contemporary setting, and to
investigate what is, or should be, the current (and future) purpose of
birth registration. A further interest in this context is the role of
legal documentation in family life and in constructing identity.
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Ms Helen Reece