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Dr Catherine Kelly

Dr Catherine Kelly

Dr Catherine Kelly
BA/LLB (Hons) (A.N.U.), MSc(Oxon.), DPhil(Oxon.)

Reader in Law

Office 3.08
8-10 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1HH
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+44 (0) 117 39 40102



After finishing her Law degree at the Australian National University, Catherine worked at Freehills and the Australian Medical Association before undertaking an MSc and DPhil in the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford. 

Catherine's research focuses on the law’s interaction with science and medicine in both historical and contemporary contexts. In her historical work she examines the ways in which laws relating to medicine and scientific innovation were made, applied and changed. Her work on current medical laws is informed by her experience at the Australian Medical Association and focuses on professional regulation and the implementation of public health legislation and policy. 

She has previously been awarded a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia, a Caird Research Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum, and from 2005-2008 held the Clifford Norton Studentship in the History of Science at The Queen’s College, Oxford.


Tort Law

Medical Law

Law Governance and Health

Legal History


  • Legal History Medical Law History of Medicine Tort Law

Recent publications

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