Julie is interested in the legal regulation of gender and intimate relationships. Her work to date has focussed on human reproduction and parenthood and she has a particular interest in the intersection of health care law with family life. She is also interested in interdisciplinary and empirically informed approaches to socio-legal research, as well as feminist perspectives on law.
Julie has recently been involved in a major study on surrogacy law for the European Parliament. Along with Máiréad Enright from Kent Law School and Aoife O’Donoghue from Durham Law School, she is co-director of theNorthern / Irish Feminist Judgments Project. The project builds on the English Feminist Judgments Project by rewriting the ‘missing’ feminist judgments in a series of important Irish and Northern Irish cases and by considering the political role of the judiciary in societies marked by transition from conflict, colonialism and religious patriarchy.
Julie is also developing a socio-legal research project on birth registration, which aims to critically evaluate recent legislative changes, as well as the role of birth registration in contemporary society more generally.