Reece, Helen

Ms Helen Reece  


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Associate Professor (Reader) in Law


Experience keywords:

family law

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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. Another current research project focuses on changing conceptions of parental responsibility.

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Reece, Helen (2015) Michael Freeman and domestic violence In: Diduck, Alison and Peleg, Noam and Reece, Helen, (eds.) Law in Society: Reflections on Children, Family, Culture and Philosophy: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeman. Human rights and humanitarian law e-books online, collection 2016. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, 309-329 . ISBN 9789004261495

Diduck, Alison and Peleg, Noam and Reece, Helen, eds (2015) Law in society: reflections on children, family, culture and philosophy: essays in honour of Michael Freeman Human rights and humanitarian law e-books online, collection 2016. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789004261495


Reece, Helen (2014) Leaping without looking in after legal equality In: Leckey, Robert, (ed.) After legal equality: family, sex, kinship. Social Justice. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415721615

Reece, Helen (2014) Debating rape myths LSE Law, Society and Economy working paper series, 21/2014. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Reece, Helen (2013) The pitfalls of positive parenting Ethics and Education, 8 (1). 42-54. ISSN 1744-9642

Reece, Helen (2013) Rape myths: is elite opinion right and popular opinion wrong? Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 33 (3). 445-473. ISSN 0143-6503


Reece, Helen (2011) “Unpalatable messages”?: feminist analysis of United Kingdom legislative discourse on stalking 1996–1997 Feminist Legal Studies, 19 (3). 205-230. ISSN 0966-3622

Reece, Helen (2010) 'Bright line rules may be appropriate in some cases, but not where the object is to promote the welfare of the child': barring in the best interests of the child? Child and Family Law Quarterly, 22 (4). 422-448. ISSN 1358-8184


Reece, Helen (2009) Parental responsibility as therapy Family Law, 39. 1167. ISSN 0014-7281

Reece, Helen (2009) The degradation of parental responsibility In: Probert, Rebecca and Gilmore, Stephen and Herring, Jonathan, (eds.) Responsible Parents and Parental Responsibility. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 85-102. ISBN 9781841138800

Reece, Helen (2009) Feminist anti-violence discourse as regulation In: Sclater, Shelley Day and Ebtehaj, Fatemeh and Jackson, Emily and Richards, Martin, (eds.) Regulating Autonomy: Sex, Reproduction and Family. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 37-51. ISBN 9781841139463


Reece, Helen (2008) Book review: the autonomy myth: a theory of dependency Child and Family Law Quarterly, 20 (1). 109-124. ISSN 1358-8184


Reece, Helen (2006) From parental responsibility to parenting responsibility In: Freeman, Michael, (ed.) Law and Sociology: Current Legal Issues. Oxford University Press, 459-483. ISBN 9780199282548

Reece, Helen (2006) The end of domestic violence Modern Law Review, 69 (5). 770-791. ISSN 0026-7961

Reece, Helen (2006) UK women's groups' child contact campaign: 'so long as it is safe' Child and Family Law Quarterly, 18 (4). 538-561. ISSN 1358-8184


Reece, Helen (2003) Divorcing responsibly Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781841132150


Reece, Helen (2000) Divorcing the children In: Bridgeman, Jo and Monk, Daniel, (eds.) Feminist Perspectives on Child Law. Routledge-Cavendish, Abingdon, UK, 85-106. ISBN 9781859415252

Reece, Helen (2000) Divorcing responsibly Feminist Legal Studies, 8 (1). 65-91. ISSN 0966-3622


Reece, Helen and Freeman, Michael, eds (1998) Science in court Ashgate, Dartmouth, USA. ISBN 9781840140392

Reece, Helen, ed (1998) Law and science: current legal issues Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198267942

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This book provides an analysis of the increasing impact on the law in general and divorce law in particular of post-liberalism,which replaces choice with self-discovery.

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Wedderburn Prize 1997; Socio-Legal Studies Association Book Prize 2004

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Helen Reece joined LSE as a Reader in Law in September 2009. Her main teaching responsibilities and research interests lie in Family Law. She previously held posts elsewhere in the University of London, at University College London and Birkbeck College. After studying Law at University College London, she qualified as a Barrister and then took an MSc in Logic and Scientific Method at LSE. Her monograph, 'Divorcing Responsibly', was awarded the Socio-Legal Studies Association Book Prize in 2004 and her article, Losses of Chances in the Law, won the Wedderburn Prize in 1997.

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