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Dr Camilla Pickles

Associate Professor in Biolaw

Associate Professor in Biolaw in the Durham Law School
Associate Professor in Biolaw in the 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. Camilla also served as a Law Research Clerk 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 has published on themes related to abortion, involuntary sterilisations, foetal personhood, management of foetal remains, feticide, the maternal/foetal relationship during pregnancy, and violence and abuse during labour and childbirth in healthcare facilities. 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).

Research Groups

Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences

Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse

Gender and Law at Durham

Research interests

  • Criminal Law
  • Gender and Violence
  • Human Rights
  • Medical Law


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