Dr Julie McCandless

Dr Julie McCandless

Assistant Professor of Law

Department of Law

Room No
New Academic Building 6.07

About me

Please note: Dr McCandless is one leave during Michaelmas term 2017.

Julie is assistant professor of medical and family law, having joined the LSE in September 2010.  Julie held a previous lectureship post at Oxford Brookes University from January 2009. She was awarded her PhD from Keele University in July 2010. Her doctoral project was entitled Reproducing the Sexual Family: Law, Gender and Parenthood in Assisted Reproduction. Previous to this, she studied law at the Queen’s University of Belfast (LLB) and Cornell University (LLM).

Administrative support: Gosia Brown


Research interests

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.

External activities

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Feminist Legal Studies (2013-)
  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (member of the Executive Committee and Membership Secretary 2010-2013)



Reforming birth registration law in England and Wales?

McCandless, Julie
Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online , Volume 4 , 52 - 58