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Publications and media


  • The Family, Law and Society (with Baroness Hale of Richmond, Judge David Pearl and Professor Elizabeth Cooke) 6th edn, Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Education Volume 17 (2) of Atkin's Encyclopaedia of Law London: Butterworths, 2001 (with David Ruebain)

Edited Collections

  • (2015) From Civil Partnership to Same Sex Marriage 2004 - 2014: Interdisciplinary Reflections (co-edited with Barker, N), Routledge.
  • (2014) "Wealth, Families and Death: Socio-Legal Perspectives on Wills and Inheritance"(co-edited with Hacker, D) Oñati Socio-legal Series [online], 4 (2)
  • "Gendered Boundaries and Sexual Movements: legal negotiations of the global and the local" (co-edited with Buss, Fletcher, Monroe and Phillips), Published as a Special Issue of Social and Legal Studies (2005) Vol 14 (1).
  • Feminist Perspectives on Child Law (co-edited with Jo Bridgeman) London: Cavendish Publishing Limited, 2000.
  • Legal Queeries: Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Legal Studies (co-edited with Leslie Moran and Sarah Beresford) London: Cassell, 1998.

Chapters in edited collections

  • (forthcoming 2018) ‘Same-Sex Marriage: After the Party . . .’ in Brady, S & Seymour, M (eds.) Same-Sex Relationships in History: International Perspectives (Bloomsbury)
  • (forthcoming 2018) ‘Inheritance law matters' in Herring, J & Lucas, B (eds.) Gender, Ageing and Family Law (Routledge)
  • (2018) 'Law and The Bedroom: “Living Together as Husband and Wife”?’ in Cook, M & Gormon-Murray, A (eds.) Queering the Interior (Bloomsbury, Home series edited by Rosie Cox and Victor Buchli)
  • (2018) ‘Dressing-up for school: beyond rights and welfare’ in Schneider, R & Dinter, S (eds.) Transformations of Childhood in Contemporary Britain: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Routledge)
  • (2015) 'Home Education: A Human Right' in Rothermel, P (ed.) International Perspectives on Home Education: do we still need schools? (Palgrave)
  • (2015) 'Judging the Act: civil partnership disputes in the courtroom and the media' in Barker, N & Monk, D (eds.) From Civil Partnership to Same Sex Marriage: Interdisciplinary Reflections (Routledge)
  • (2015) 'From Civil Partnership to Same-Sex Marriage: A Decade in British Legal History' (with Barker, N) in Barker, N & Monk, D (eds.) From Civil Partnership to Same Sex Marriage: Interdisciplinary Reflections (Routledge)
  • (2014) 'Sexuality and Children Post-Equality’' in Leckey, R (ed.) After Legal Equality: Family, Sex, Kinship (Routledge)
  • ‘Homophobic Bullying: a queer tale of childhood politics’, in Children in Culture, Revisited: Further Approaches to Childhood, edited, Karín Lesnik-Oberstein (Palgrave/Macmillan 2011), pp 55-72.
  • 'Re G (Children) (Residence: Same-Sex Partner) – Commentary', in R. Hunter, C. McGlynn and E. Rackley (eds) Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice (Hart, 2010) pp 96-101.
  • 'Parental Responsibility and Education: Taking the Long View', in R.Probert, J. Herring and S.Gilmore (eds) Responsible Parents and Parental Responsibility (Hart, 2009), pp.143-164.
  • 'Sex Education and the Law in England and Wales: The Importance of Legal Narratives' (with Ann Blair) in Lutz Sauerteig and Roger Davidson (eds) Shaping Sexual Knowledge: A Cultural History of Sex Education in Twentieth Century Europe and North America, Routledge Studies in the Social History of Medicine, (2009)
  • 'Teenage Pregnancies and Sex Education: Constructing the girl/woman subject', in Carl Stychin and Vanessa Munro (eds) Sexuality and the Law: Feminist Engagements, Glasshouse/Routledge Press, (2007)
  • 'Law and Childhood: in whose "best interests"?' in An Introduction to Childhood Studies, Mary Anne Kehilly ed. (2004, Milton Keynes, Open University Press; revised and updated, 2nd edn, 2009).
  • 'Education law/educating gender' in Feminist Perspectives on Child Law (eds. Jo Bridgeman and Daniel Monk, 2000, London: Cavendish Publishing Limited).
  • 'Introduction: Reflections on the relationship between feminism and child law' (with Jo Bridgeman) in Feminist Perspectives on Child Law, Jo Bridgeman and Daniel Monk eds., 2000, London: Cavendish Publishing Limited.
  • 'Health and Education: Conflicting Programmes for Sex Education' in Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights, Eric Heinze ed., 2000, Aldershot: Dartmouth Press.
  • 'Failing children: Responses to children with 'behavioural problems'' in Moral Agendas for Children's Welfare, Michael King ed., 1998, London: Routledge.
  • 'Beyond Section 28: law, governance and sex education' in Legal Queeries, Leslie Moran, Daniel Monk, Sarah Beresford eds., 1998, London: Cassell..


  • (2018) ‘Muscular Liberalism and the Best Interests of the Child’ The Cambridge Law Journal 77(2): 25-29
  • (2017) 'A tribute to Helen Reece' Child and Family Law Quarterly 29(1): 3-7
  • (2016) 'Inheritance Families of Choice?' Lawyers’ reflections on Gay and Lesbian WillsJournal of Law and Society 43(2): 167-194
  • (2016) "'Out of School Education' and Radicalisation: Home Education Revisited" Education Law Journal 1: 17-31
  • (2015) 'Queering genealogy through wills'  Legal Information Management 15(1)
  • (2015) ‘'E M Forster’'s will: an overlooked posthumous publication’', Legal Studies Virtual Special Issue: Law and Culture - Online
  • (2014) 'The Pleasures and Perils of InheritanceStudies in Gender and Sexuality 15(3)
  • (2014) 'Wealth, Families and Death: Socio-Legal Perspectives on Wills and Inheritance: Introduction' Oñati Socio-legal Series 4 (2)
  • (2014) 'Writing (Gay and Lesbian) WillsOñati Socio-legal Series 4 (2)
  • 'E M Forster’s will: an overlooked posthumous publication' (2013) Legal Studies 33(4):572-597
  • 'Sexuality and Succession Law: Beyond Formal Equality' (2011) Feminist Legal Studies 19(3): 231-250
  • 'Challenging homophobic bullying in schools: the politics of progress’ (2011) International Journal of Law in Context 7(2): (June 2011) 181–207. (This article has been identified as one of the best works of recent scholarship on equality in Jotwell: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots). See
  • 'Reckless Trials? Contextualising the criminalisation of the sexual transmission of HIV' (2009) Radical Philosophy Issue 156, July/August, pp.2-6.
  • ‘Regulating Home Education: Negotiating Standards, Anomalies and Rights’ (2009) Child and Family Law Quarterly 21 (2): 155-184. This article was cited extensively in the House of Commons, Select Committee on Children, Schools and Families Final Report: The Review of Elective Home Education, 9 December 2009.
  • '(Re)constructing the Head Teacher: legal narratives and the politics of school exclusionsJournal of Law and Society (2005) Vol 32(3): 399-423
  • 'Home Education: A Human Right?' Evaluation and Research in Education (2003) Vol 17 (2 & 3): 157-166
  • 'Problematising Home Education: Challenging "Parental Rights" and "Socialisation"' Legal Studies (2004) Vol 24(4): 568-598
  • 'Undermining Authority? Challenging school exclusions and the problems of 'reinstatement'' (2004) Child and Family Law Quarterly Vol 16 (1): 87-102.
  • 'Children's rights in education: making sense of contradictions', Child and Family Law Quarterly (2002) Vol 14 (1): 45-56.
  • 'New guidance/old problems: recent developments in sex education', Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law (2001) Vol 23 (3): 271-291.
  • 'Children, Sex and Education: Recent Local and Global Perspectives', Education Law Journal (2000) Vol 1 (4): 206-217.
  • 'Theorizing Education Law and Childhood: Constructing the Ideal Pupil', British Journal of Sociology of Education (2000) Vol 21 (3): 355-370. Awarded The Socio-Legal Studies Association Article Prize, 2001
  • 'Childhood and Sex: an English case-study of sex education', Suomen Antropologi/Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society (1999) Vol 24 (3): 25-38.
  • 'Duties, resources and the provision of 'education otherwise', Child and Family Law Quarterly (1998) Vol 10 (4): 425-434.
  • 'Sex Education and the Problematisation of Teenage Pregnancies: a genealogy of law and governance', Social and Legal Studies (1998) Vol 7(2): 241-261.
  • 'Education about HIV/AIDS in the English Classroom: political conflict and legal resolution', Children and Society (1998) Vol 12
  • 'School Exclusions and the Education Act 1997', Education and the Law (1997) Vol. 9(4): 277-290.

Book reviews

  • (2018) 'Connecting with E.M. Forster: A Memoir' Tim Leggat, (Hesperus, 2012), Polish Journal of English Studies
  • (2018) 'Thatcher’s Grandchildren: Politics and Childhood in the Twenty-First Century' Stephen Wagg & Jane Pilcher (eds.) (2014), International Journal of Law in Context
  • (2016) 'The Sexual Constitution of Political Authority: The ‘Trials’ of Same-Sex Desire', Aleardo Zanghellini, (Routledge, 2015) Sexualities 19: 1003-1008
  • (2014) 'Moral Crusades in an Age of Mistrust: The Jimmy Savile Scandal', Frank Furedi (Palgrave, 2013) International Journal of Law in Context 10 (4): 559-561
  • (2013) 'Community, Home and Identity', Michael Diamond and Terry L Turnipseed (eds.) (Ashgate, 2012) Child and Family Law Quarterly 25(3): 352-355
  • (2010) 'Law, Literature, and the Transmission of Culture in England, 1837–1925', Cathrine Frank (2010, Ashgate) Child and Family Law Quarterly 22(4): 512-515
  • (2009) 'The birds and the bees on DVDs The Joy of Sex Education BFI, 2009', Culture Wars, April 2009.
  • (2009) 'Fit to Teach?: Same-Sex Desire, Gender, and School Work in the Twentieth Century', Jackie M. Mount (State University of New York Press, SUNY, 2005) Pedagogica Historica, International Journal of the History of Education Vol 45 (3)
  • (2008) 'Education, Law and Diversity', Neville Harris (Oxford: Hart, 2006) International Journal of Law Policy and the FamilyVol 22(2): 270-273.
  • (2008) 'When Prayer Fails: Faith Healing, Children and the Law', Shawn Francis Peters (Oxford University Press, 2007) Times Higher Education 6-12 March: 48-49.
  • (2006) 'Sentencing and Punishment: The Quest for Justice', Susan Easton and Christine Piper, (Oxford University Press, 2005), Youth Justice Vol 6(2): 162-164.
  • (2006) 'Children, Courts and Custody', Andrew Schepard, Cambridge, 2004), British Journal of Sociology Vol 57(4)
  • (2003) 'Kingdom of Children: Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement', Mitchell L. Stevens (Princeton University Press, 2001) The Sociological Review Vol 51 (2)
  • (2001) 'What is a Parent?' ed. Bainham, Day, Sclatter and Richards (1999) Hart, Feminist Legal Studies Vol 9 (1): 71-73.
  • (1998) 'Children's Rights: A Comparative Perspective', ed. Michael Freeman (1997) Dartmouth, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law Vol 20 (3): 354 -356.

Other writing


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