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Dr Elizabeth Chloe Romanis

Assistant Professor in Biolaw

LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD, FHEA

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Assistant Professor in Biolaw in the Durham Law School  
Member of Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)  


Chloe Romanis joined Durham Law School as an Assistant Professor in Biolaw in September 2020. 

Chloe has a LLB (Hons) Law degree and an LLM in Health Care Ethics and Law both from the University of Manchester. While undertaking her PhD she also studied Reproductive and Sexual Health Law as an International Graduate Student at the University of Toronto, Canada. She passed her Wellcome Trust-funded PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Manchester with no corrections in September 2020. 

In 2020 Chloe was awarded the University of Manchester Distinguished Achievement Medal for Postgraduate Researcher of the Year (FHUMS) and a Faculty of Humanities Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2021, Chloe was awarded the Durham Law School Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Staff Award.


Chloe does research in healthcare law and bioethics with a particular interest in reproduction and the body (abortion, gestation, pregnancy and birth). Chloe's principal publications concern artificial womb technology and are published in leading journals including the Medical Law Review, Journal of Law and the Biosciences and the Journal of Medical Ethics. Chloe has also published widely on matters related to abortion and childbirth. 

Her book, co-authored with Jordan A Parsons of the University of Bristol, is forthcoming in September 2021 with Oxford University Press and is entitled: 'Early Medical Abortion, Equality of Access, and the Telemedical Imperative.' 

Teaching Areas
  • Advanced Issues in Criminal Law 
  • Contemporary Issues in Biolaw 
  • Contract Law

Research interests

  • Healthcare Law
  • Reproduction
  • Feminist Legal Studies

Research groups

  • Gender & Law at Durham

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Authored book

  • Parsons, Jordan A & Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2021). Early Medical Abortion, Equality of Access, and the Telemedical Imperative. Oxford University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Horn, Claire & Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2020). Establishing Boundaries for Speculation About Artificial Wombs, Ectogenesis, Gender, and the Gestating Body. In A Jurisprudence of the Body. Dietz, Chris, Travis, Mitchell & Thomson, Michael Palgrave. 227-254.

Journal Article

  • Mullock, Alexandra, Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe & Begović, Dunja (2021). Surrogacy and uterus transplantation using live donors: Examining the options from the perspective of ‘womb‐givers’. Bioethics
  • Nelson, Anna & Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2021). The Medicalisation of Childbirth and Access to Homebirth in the UK: COVID-19 and Beyond. Medical Law Review
  • Parsons, Jordan A & Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2021). 2020 developments in the provision of early medical abortion by telemedicine in the UK. Health Policy 125(1): 17-21.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2021). ‘Abortion & "Artificial Wombs": Would ‘artificial womb’ technology legally empower non-gestating genetic progenitors to participate in decisions about how to terminate a pregnancy?'. Journal of Law and the Biosciences
  • Begovic, Dunja Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe & E Joanne Verweij (2021). Twin pregnancy reduction is not an ‘all or nothing’ problem: a response to Räsänen. Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Parsons, Jordan A & Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2021). The case for telemedical early medical abortion in England: dispelling adult safeguarding concerns. Healthcare Analysis
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe, Parsons, Jordan A, Salter, Isobel & Hampton, Thomas (2021). Safeguarding and Teleconsultation for Abortion. The Lancet 398: 555-558.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2020). Is ‘viability’ viable? Abortion, conceptual confusion and the law in England and Wales and the United States. Journal of Law and the Biosciences
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2020). Artificial Womb Technology and the Choice to Gestate Ex Utero: Is Partial Ectogenesis the Business of the Criminal Law? Medical Law Review 28(2): 342-374.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe, Parsons, Jordan A & Hodson, Nathan (2020). COVID-19 and reproductive justice in Great Britain and the United States: ensuring access to abortion care during a global pandemic. Journal of Law and the Biosciences 7(1).
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe & Horn, Claire (2020). Artificial Wombs and the Ectogenesis Conversation: A Misplaced Focus? Technology, Abortion, and Reproductive Freedom. IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 13(2): 174-194.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe & Nelson, Anna (2020). Homebirthing in the United Kingdom during COVID-19. Medical Law International 096853322095522.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe & Nelson, Anna (2020). Maternal request caesareans and COVID-19: the virus does not diminish the importance of choice in childbirth. Journal of Medical Ethics 46(11): 726-731.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe & Parsons, Jordan A (2020). Legal and policy responses to the delivery of abortion care during COVID‐19. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 151(3): 479-486.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2020). Addressing Rising Cesarean Rates: Maternal Request Cesareans, Defensive Practice, and the Power of Choice in Childbirth. IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 13(1): 1-26.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2020). Partial ectogenesis: freedom, equality and political perspective. Journal of Medical Ethics 46(2): 89.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2020). Artificial womb technology and clinical translation: Innovative treatment or medical research? Bioethics 34(4): 392-402.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2020). Challenging the ‘Born Alive’ Threshold: Fetal Surgery, Artificial Wombs, and the English Approach to Legal Personhood. Medical Law Review 28(1): 93-123.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2020). Sally Sheldon and Kaye Wellings (eds), Decriminalising Abortion in the UK: What Would It Mean? Medical Law Review
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe, Begović, Dunja, Brazier, Margot R & Mullock, Alexandra Katherine (2020). Reviewing the womb. Journal of Medical Ethics medethics-2020-106160.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2019). Artificial womb technology and the significance of birth: why gestatelings are not newborns (or fetuses). Journal of Medical Ethics 45(11): 728-729.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2019). Why the Elective Caesarean Lottery is Ethically Impermissible. Health Care Analysis 27(4): 249-268.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2018). Artificial womb technology and the frontiers of human reproduction: conceptual differences and potential implications. Journal of Medical Ethics 44(11): 751-755.
  • Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe (2017). Pregnant women may have moral obligations to foetuses they have chosen to carry to term, but the law should never intervene in a woman’s choices during pregnancy. The Manchester Review of Law, Crime and Ethics 6: 69-85.