Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

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Dr Julie Wallbank

Senior Lecturer

My writing mainly concerns the legal regulation of family life.

My monograph Challenging Motherhood(s) (Pearson Education, 2001) provided a Foucauldian analysis of the social and legal construction of parenthood in the early to mid 1990s.

I have also written on the law relating to reproductive technologies, focussing particularly on the parenthood provisions.

I have analysed the low conviction rates in rape cases where victim and alleged perpetrator are known to each other.

Research Interests

My current research concerns parental responsibility, rights, gender, social class, residence and contact disputes.

Teaching

I teach on modules in the following areas:

  • Family Law
  • Child Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Jurisprudence

PhD Supervision

I am happy to consider potential students in:

  • Family Law
  • Child Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Reproductive Technologies and the Law
  • Law of Residence and Contact and associated Family and Child Law subjects

Key Publications

Books

  • Wallbank JA, Vulnerabilities, Care and Family Law, First (London: Routledge, 2013)

    Author URL [www.routledge.com]

  • Wallbank JA, Choudhry S, Herring J, Rights, Gender and Family Law, ed. by Wallbank JA, Choudhry S and Herring J (Routledge Cavendish, 2010), 1-292

    This collection, however, argues that rights cannot be given centre-stage withoutthinking through the ramifications for gendered power-relations, and the ...

Journal articles

  • Wallbank JA, Dietz C, ‘Lesbian mothers, fathers and other animals: Is the political personal in multiple parent families?’, Child and Family Law Quarterly, 4 (2013)

  • Wallbank JA, ‘Bodies in the Shadows': joint birth registration, parental responsibility and social class’, Child and Family Law Quarterly, 21.3 (2009), 267-282

  • Wallbank JA, ‘The role of rights and utility in instituting a child’s right to know her genetic history’, Social & Legal Studies, 13.2 (2004), 245-264
    DOI: 10.1177/0964663904042553

  • Bryan I, Wallbank JA, ‘The lore of sexual difference in social and legal discourse on 'date rape’, Law and Critique, 15.2 (2004), 183-206
    DOI: 10.1023/B:LACQ.0000035033.82571.4a

  • Wallbank JA, ‘Reconstructing the HFEA 1990: Is blood really thicker than water?’, Child and Family Law Quarterly, 16.4 (2004), 387-397

  • Wallbank JA, ‘Too Many Mothers? Surrogacy, Kinship and the welfare of the child’, Medical Law Review, 10.3 (2002), pp.271--294
    DOI: 10.1093/medlaw/10.3.271

Chapters

  • Wallbank JA, ‘Universal norms, individualisation and the need for recognition: the failure(s) of the self-managed post-separation family’, in Vulnerabilities, Care and Family Law, ed. by Wallbank JA, First (London: Routledge, 2013)

  • Wallbank JA, Choudhry S, Herring J, ‘Welfare, rights, care and gender in family law’, in Rights, Gender and Family Law, ed. by Wallbank J, Choudhry S and Herring J (Routledge Cavendish, 2010)

    This collection, however, argues that rights cannot be given centre-stage withoutthinking through the ramifications for gendered power-relations, and the ...

  • Wallbank JA, ‘(En)Gendering the fusion of rights and responsibilities in the law of contact’, in Rights, Gender and Family Law, ed. by Wallbank JA, Choudhry S and Herring J ([n.pub.], [n.d.])

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