Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

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Professor Michael Thomson's Publications


  • Fineman PMA, thomson M, Exploring Masculinities Feminist Legal Theory Reflections (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2013)

    Written by leading experts in the area, this volume investigates the ways in which emerging masculinities theory in law could inform feminist legal theory in particular and law in general.

  • Thomson M, Endowed: Regulating the Male Sexed Body (New York: Routledge, 2008)

    Acknowledging this work and building upon it, Endowed considers the interaction of law and ideas of male reproductivity.

  • Thomson M, Reproducing Narrative Gender, Reproduction, and Law (Dartmouth Publishing Company, 1998)

    Reproducing Narrative interrogates medico-legal reproductive discourses in their broader social, political, economic and gendered discourses.

  • Sheldon S, Thomson M, Feminist Perspectives on Health Care Law (Routledge, 1998)

Journal articles

  • McGuinness S, Thomson M, ‘Medicine and abortion law: complicating the reforming profession’, Medical Law Review, 23.2 (2015), 177-199
    DOI: 10.1093/medlaw/fwv012

    Author URL [gateway.webofknowledge.com]

    The complicated intra-professional rivalries that have contributed to the current contours of abortion law and service provision have been subject to limited academic engagement. In this article, we address this gap. We examine how the competing interests of different specialisms played out in abortion law reform from the early twentieth-century, through to the enactment of the Abortion Act 1967, and the formation of the structures of abortion provision in the early 1970s. We demonstrate how professional interests significantly shaped the landscape of abortion law in England, Scotland, and Wales. Our analysis addresses two distinct and yet related fields where professional interests were negotiated or asserted in the journey to law reform. Both debates align with earlier analysis that has linked abortion law reform with the market development of the medical profession. We argue that these two axes of debate, both dominated by professional interests, interacted to help shape law's treatment of abortion, and continue to influence the provision of abortion services today.

  • Thomson M, Fox M, ‘Realising social Justice in public health law’, Medical Law Review 2013, 278-309

  • Thomson M, ‘Abortion Law and Professional Boundaries’, Social and Legal Studies: an international journal 2013, 191-210

  • Thomson M, Fox M, ‘The changing politics of circumcision: HIV/AIDS, public health and social justice’, Legal Studies 2012, 255-281

  • Thomson M, ‘Foreskin is a feminist issue’, Australian Feminist Studies 2009, 195-210

  • Thomson M, ‘Older minors and circumcision: Questioning the limits of religious actions’, Medical Law International 2008, 283-311


  • Thomson M, Fox M, ‘Sexing the cherry: fixing masculinity’, in Queer(ing) Somatechnics: Critical Engagements with Bodily (Trans) Formations, ed. by Sullivan N and Murray S (Ashgate, 2009), 107-126

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