|Assistant Professor in Biolaw in the Durham Law School||PCL180|
|Member of Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)|
Camilla is an Assistant Professor in Biolaw. She obtained her LLB, LLM (Research), and LLD from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Before starting at Durham Law School in 2019, Camilla was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights, and International Law at the University of Johannesburg and she was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. Before plunging herself into the world of postdoctoral research, Camilla served as a Law Research Clerk for Chief Justice Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa.
Camilla’s research is focused on women’s rights during pregnancy and childbirth, with a particular focus on obstetric violence. She enjoys working in multidisciplinary groups and with organisations dedicated to protecting and promoting women’s rights. Camilla has published on themes related to abortion and access thereto, involuntary sterilisations and abortions, foetal personhood, management of foetal remains, feticide, the maternal/foetal relationship during pregnancy, and violence and abuse during labour and childbirth at the hands of healthcare professionals. Camilla’s first monograph, Pregnancy Law in South Africa: Between Reproductive Autonomy and Foetal Interests (2017), is dedicated to unpacking the law’s approach to the maternal foetal relationship and recently co-edited, Childbirth, Vulnerability and Law: Exploring Issues of Violence and Control (2019). She is currently writing her second monograph focused on obstetric violence and the law and co-editing Without Consent: Vaginal Examinations during Labour and the Law. Her research intersects human rights law, medical law and ethics, criminal law, and tort law; and it engages broader themes related to reproductive justice, gender, equality, and violence (interpersonal and structural).
Camilla is a member of the South African Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition, White Ribbon Alliance (a Global Council for Respectful Maternity Care), the Oxford Human Rights Hub, and a fellow at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights, and International Law. She has worked with members from Birthrights, Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services, the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, the Institute for Women’s Health (University College London), CREA, and with journalists investigating aspects of women’s rights during childbirth in African and European contexts.
Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse
- Medical Law
- Criminal Law
- Gender and Violence
- Human Rights
- Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
- Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
- Human Rights Centre
- Pickles, Camilla (2017). Pregnancy Law in South Africa: Between Reproductive Autonomy and Foetal Interests. Juta.
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- Pickles, C (2020). When ‘Battery’ is not Enough: Exposing the Gaps in Unauthorised Vaginal Examinations During Labour as a Crime of Battery. In Women’s Birthing Bodies and the Law: Unauthorised Intimate Examinations, Power and Vulnerability. Pickles, C & Herring, J Hart Publishing.
- Pickles, Camilla (2019). Leaving women behind: The application of evidence-based guidelines, law, and obstetric violence by omission. In Childbirth, Vulnerability and Law: Exploring issues of Violence and Control. Pickles, Camilla & Herring, Jonathan Routledge. 140-160.
- Pickles, Camilla (2018). Sounding the Alarm: Government of The Republic of Namibia v LM and Women's Rights during Childbirth in South Africa. PER / PELJ 21: 1-34.
- Pickles, Camilla (2017). Feticide: Continuing the Search for a Unified Approach to the Unborn. Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 80(1): 44-61.
- Pickles, Camilla (2017). Self-Induced Abortion in South Africa and Section 10 of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 92 of 1996. South African Journal on Human Rights 33(3): 496-506.
- Pickles, Camilla (2016). Involuntary Contraceptive Sterilisation of Women in South Africa and the Criminal Law. South African Journal of Criminal Justice 29(2): 89-115.
- du Toit-Prinsloo, L Pickles, C & Lombaard, H (2016). Evaluating the Current Knowledge of Legislation and Practice of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the Management of Foetal Remains in South Africa. South African Medical Journal 106(4): 403-406.
- du Toit-Prinsloo, L Pickles, C & Saayman, G (2016). Managing the Remains of Foetuses and Abandoned Infants – A Call to Urgently Review South African Law and Medico-legal Practice. South African Medical Journal 106(6): 578-581.
- du Toit-Prinsloo, L Pickles, C Smith, Z Jordaan, J & Saayman, G (2016). The Medico-legal Investigation of Abandoned Fetuses and Newborns – A Review of Cases Admitted to the Pretoria Medico-Legal Laboratory, South Africa. International Journal of Legal Medicine 130(2): 569-574.
- Pickles, Camilla (2015). Eliminating Abusive ‘Care’ A Criminal Law Response to Obstetric Violence in South Africa. South African Crime Quarterly 54: 5-16.
- Pickles, Camilla (2014). Approaches to Pregnancy under the Law: A Relational Response to the Current South African Position and Recent Academic Trends. De Jure 47(1): 20-41.
- Pickles, Camilla (2013). Lived Experiences of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 92 of 1996: Bridging the Gap for Women in Need. South African Journal on Human Rights 29(3): 515-535.
- Pickles, Camilla (2013). Personhood: Proving the Significance of the Born-Alive Rule with Reference to Medical Knowledge of Foetal Viability. Stellenbosch Law Review 24(1): 146-164.
- Pickles, Camilla (2012). Termination-of-Pregnancy Rights and Foetal Interests in Continued Existence in South Africa: The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 92 of 1996. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 15(5): 403-434.
- Pickles, Camilla (2011). The Introduction of a Statutory Crime to Address Third-Party Foetal Violence. Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 74(4): 546-564.