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Dr Sheelagh McGuinness

Dr Sheelagh McGuinness

Dr Sheelagh McGuinness
BA (Galway), LLB (Galway), MA (Manchester), PhD (Manchester)

Reader in Law

Area of research

Senior Lecturer

Office 2.03
8-10 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1HH
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+44 (0) 117 39 40094


  • health law
  • regulation of reproduction
  • gender and law


Sheelagh McGuinness was appointed to a Senior Lectureship at the University of Bristol's School of Law in August 2015. She is interested in the fields of health law, law and reproduction, and law and gender. She has published across these areas in law, ethics, and health care journals.

Prior to coming to Bristol, Dr McGuinness was a Birmingham Fellow in the Centre for Health Law, Science, and Policy in the School of Law at the University of Birmingham. Prior to that she was a lecturer in the Centre for Professional Ethics, in the Law School at Keele University. She is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway (BA, LLB) and the University of Manchester (MA, PhD).

She is a member of:

  • The Independent Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank (2011 – Present)
  • Medical Ethics Committee of the Royal College of General Practitioners (2011 – Present)

Dr. McGuinness sits on the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies and the steering committee for The Ethical Judgements Project



  • Medical Law
  • Medicine and Law
  • Undergraduate Tort
  • MA Tort
  • Introduction to Law


  • The Society of Legal Scholars
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

Selected publications

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Recent publications

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Dr McGuinness currently teaches 5 courses:

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