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Professor Judith Masson

Professor Judith Masson

Professor Judith Masson
B.A.(Cantab.), M.A.(Cantab), Ph.D.(Leic.)

Emeritus Professor

Office 3.43
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5304

Research summary

Chilld Law and Family Law

My research focuses on child protection systems, particularly the interaction between law and social work, and local authorities and courts, empirically using quantiative and qualitative methods and through contextual socio-legal analysis.  I have undertaken major empirical studies on  emergency intervention in child protection; care proceedings, including legal aid costs; parental representation in care proceedings;  the operation and impact of the pre-proceedings process for care proceedings; and the reforms to care proceedings and their impact on children's outcomes.   My empirical research uses mixed methods, combining quantitative and qualitative approaches and has included ethnography ...

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Judith Masson studied at Cambridge and Leicester Universities in England, and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA. Between 1991 and 2005, she was Professor of Law at Warwick University, specialising in child law and socio-legal research. She joined the University of Bristol as Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in January 2006. She teaches Family Law and International Child Law.

Judith combines legal expertise, particularly doctrinal analysis in child law with empirical work on child and family law; her empirical work uses mixed methods, quantitative and qualitative of litigation and other legal documents. For the last 15 years Judith’s ...

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