Caroline’s research interests lie in Family Law and Health Care Law.
She is particularly interested in the processes of production of law and its broader impact, especially the role of test case litigation in shaping Health Care Law. Caroline has explored hidden law-making in this context with Hazel Biggs (Emeritus, University of Southampton) and Jonathan Montgomery (UCL); and more recently
has reflected on biographical approaches to the study of test cases with Jonathan Montgomery (UCL). She is now working on a third article in this broader programme of research.
In addition, she has an interest in the legal issues arising from the development and use of AI and clinical decision support systems, and has been working with Jeremy Wyatt (Southampton) and James Thornton (Nottingham Trent) on projects in this area. In 2022 funding was secured from the BA/Leverhulme Small Grants scheme for a project with James Thornton (Nottingham Trent), Age Chapman (Southampton), Jeremy C Wyatt (Emeritus, Southampton), and the Welsh charity Adferiad Recovery to explore issues of trust and trustworthiness around the use of AI in mental health services.
Caroline’s earlier research focused on public policy formation and socio-legal constructions of parenthood and kinship. She retains a keen interest in issues around donor conception, identity, surrogacy, cloning, and the regulation of assisted conception more broadly.
She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.