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Dr Elizabeth Chloe Romanis, LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD, FHEA

Assistant Professor in Biolaw in the Durham Law School

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Chloe Romanis joined Durham CELLS 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. 


Chloe does research in healthcare law and bioethics with a particular interest in reproduction and the body. 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

  • Contemporary Issues in Biolaw 
  • Contract Law

Research Groups

Durham Law School

Research Interests

  • Feminist Legal Studies
  • Healthcare Law
  • Reproduction

Selected Publications

Authored book

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

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Selected Grants

  • 2020: SLSA Seminar Funding: 'Covid-19 and Birthing Services: Socio-legal Reflections and Lessons' (£700)
  • 2019: Brocher Foundation Symposia Funding for Realistic Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of LiFE-S (Liquid Fetal Extracorporeal Support, or ‘Artificial Womb’) Technology’ (£5,000)
  • 2019: Institute of Medical Ethics Seminar Series Funding for ‘Reconceiving the Womb in Medicine, Law and Society’ (£1,760)
  • 2019: University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities Strategic Investment Fund Postgraduate Research Student Mobility Grant for Visit to University of Toronto (£2,550)
  • 2017: Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship in Society & Ethics (WT208245/Z/17/Z) (£82,000)

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