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Professor Judith Masson

Professor Judith Masson

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

Professor of Socio-Legal Studies

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

Research summary

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; and the operation and impact of the pre-proceedings process for care proceedings.   My current research focuses on outcomes for children subject to care proceedings using administrative databases to examine a) longer term outcomes for children and b) mechanisms for and the utility of administrative data ...

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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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