McCandless, Julie

Dr Julie McCandless  


Position held

Lecturer in Law


Non LSE positions held

Socio-legal Studies Association

Member of Executive Committee and Membership Secretary


Experience keywords:

family law; gender; medical law; parenthood

Research summary > [Click to expand]

Julie is broadly interested in the legal regulation of gender and intimate relationships, particularly parenthood and the intersection of health care law with family life. Her recent work has focussed on legal parenthood and gender in the context of assisted reproduction. She is currently developing a 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. She is also interested in interdisciplinary and empirically informed approaches to socio-legal research.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Healthcare; Law

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7873



McCandless, Julie (2017) Reforming birth registration law in England and Wales? Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online, 4. 52-58. ISSN 2405-6618

Fletcher, Ruth and Ashiagbor, Diamond and Barker, Nicola and Cruz, Katie and El-Enany, Nadine and Godden-Rasul, Nikki and Grabham, Emily and Keenan, Sarah and Manji, Ambreena and McCandless, Julie and McGuinness, Sheelagh and Ramshaw, Sara and Russell, Yvette and Samuels, Harriet and Stewart, Ann and Thomas, Dania (2017) Wench tactics? Openings in conditions of closure Feminist Legal Studies, 25 (1). 1-23. ISSN 0966-3622


McCandless, Julie and Enright, Máiréad and O’Donoghue, Aoife (2016) Northern/Irish feminist judgments: judges’ troubles and the gendered politics of identity in Northern/Irish courts LSE Law Policy Briefing Series, LSE Law, London, UK.

Fletcher, Ruth and McCandless, Julie and Russell, Yvette and Thomas, Dania (2016) On being uncomfortable Feminist Legal Studies, 24 (2). 121-126. ISSN 0966-3622


Duggan, Marian and McCandless, Julie (2015) 'Right thinking people' and suffering through the politics of difference in Northern Ireland: a feminist judgement LSE Law, Society and Economy working paper, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


McCandless, Julie and Sheldon, Sally (2014) Genetically challenged: the determination of legal parenthood in assisted reproduction In: Freeman, Tabitha and Graham, Susanna and Ebtehaj, Fatemah and Richards, Martin, (eds.) Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identities. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 61-79. ISBN 9781107038288


McCandless, Julie (2013) Cinderella and her cruel sisters: parenthood, welfare and gender in the human fertilisation and embryology act 2008 New Genetics and Society, 32 (2). 135-153. ISSN 1463-6778

Brunet, Laurence and King, Derek and Davaki, Konstantina and McCandless, Julie and Marzo, Claire and Carruthers, Janeen (2012) Comparative study on the regime of surrogacy in the EU member states European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.

McCandless, Julie (2012) The role of sexual partnership in UK family law: the case of legal parenthood In: Cutas, Daniela and Chan, Sarah, (eds.) Families: Beyond the Nuclear Ideal. Science, ethics and innovation series. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK, 13-33. ISBN 9781780930107


McCandless, Julie (2011) The changing form of birth registration? In: Ebtehaj, Fatemeh and Herring, Johnathan and Johnson, Martin and Richards, Martin, (eds.) Birth Rites and Rights. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 187-204. ISBN 9781849461887


McCandless, Julie and Sheldon, Sally (2010) The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (2008) and the tenacity of the sexual family form Modern Law Review, 73 (2). 175-207. ISSN 0026-7961

McCandless, Julie and Sheldon, Sally (2010) “No father required”?: the welfare assessment in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 Feminist Legal Studies, 18 (3). 201-255. ISSN 0966-3622

McCandless, Julie and Sheldon, Sally (2010) “No father required”? The welfare assessment in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 Feminist Legal Studies, 18 (3). 201-225. ISSN 0966-3622


McCandless, Julie (2008) Status and anomaly: Re D (contact and parental responsibility: lesbian mothers and known father) [2006] EWHC 2 (Fam), [2006] 1 FCR 556 Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 30 (1). 63-73. ISSN 0964-9069

Fletcher, Ruth and Fox, Marie and McCandless, Julie (2008) Legal embodiment: analysing the body of healthcare law Medical Law Review, 16 (3). 321. ISSN 0967-0742


McCandless, Julie (2005) Recognising family diversity: the ‘boundaries’ of RE G Feminist Legal Studies, 13 (3). 323-336. ISSN 0966-3622

LSE Research Online|

Collection of LSE research outputs

LSE Consulting|

Service providing unique access
to LSE's expertise

Create or update your
online profile

[access restricted to staff]

Research highlights|

Short articles about LSE research