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Dr Gaye Orr

  • 01202 965659
  • gorr at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer (Academic) in Law
  • Weymouth House W404, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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With a science and health services background, my research interests draw on practical insights gained from professional and personal experiences, and focus on interfaces between science, healthcare and law. I seek to better understand how professionals within disciplines apart from law understand relevant legal requirements, especially those pertaining to criminal and family law. My interdisciplinary exploration of these issues has been socio-legal in outlook, focusing specifically on the nature of evidence, expert evidence, and gender issues. I have been especially interested in the ways in which carers, predominantly women, are perceived in law, and how expert testimony and evidence may be applied in child death cases.

Thus far, I have worked independently whilst focused on completion and publication of my thesis, but recently I have explored potential collaborations with interdisciplinary socio-legal, forensic, and media researchers.

My thesis examined the role of expert evidence in child death cases, how women and mothers are perceived by the criminal justice system, and whether stereotypical views of women and mothers may lead to biased outcomes in the criminal justice system. The possible analogies between rape myth scholarship and critical responses to battered women who kill, and the ways in which maternal behaviours may have been interpreted in child death cases were explored. A further interest is how expert evidence and personal information is controlled or provided in child protection, fostering and adoption proceedings.

Journal Articles

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Employment Law (University of Portsmouth) 2014

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Employment Law (University of Bournemouth) 2017-2018
  • Law for Accounting and Finance (University of Bournemouth) 2018
  • Land Law (University of Bournemouth) 2018
  • Tort Law (University of Southampton) (2014-2017)
  • Law for Engineers (Industrial Law) (University of Southampton) (2007-2014)
  • Legal Skills and Reasoning (University of Southampton 2007-2014)
  • Media Law (University of Winchester) 2015

Invited Lectures

  • Media Law for Creative Industries Students., Students Union University of Southampton (SUSU), 22 Sep 2018 more
  • How to approach and carry out a Literature Review, Southampton Solent University Law School, 22 Feb 2017 more

Internal Responsibilities

  • To contribute to discussion of objectives set by senior colleagues including the identification of a clear strategic vision for the UG & vocational law programmes., Law Revalidation Working Group

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Discussant for Cardiff School of Law and Politics workshop entitled The Future of Legal Academia: Transformations and Innovations, to consider the work of Karen Richmond (Strathclyde and Dundee) who explores the interactions between forensic science and law, focusing on the ways in which particular models of governance influence the construction of DNA profiling evidence.

Conference Presentations

  • 2018 Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference: ‘Law in troubled times’, Framing Mother: The Media and Criminal Justice Trials., 04 Sep 2018, Queen Mary University of London Law School, London
  • Socio-Legal Scholars Association Annual Conference 2018, Interpreting the Feminine: Do Judicial Directions have a place in the Jury's Domain?, 27 Mar 2018, Bristol
  • Society of Legal Scholars Annual conference: ‘The Diverse Unities of Law’., Trial Outcomes in Child Death Cases: Influenced by Mothering Myths?, 05 Sep 2017, University College Dublin the Law School
  • Centre of Law, Policy and Society (CLPS) workshop, Myths in Law Centre of Law, Co-presentation on Myths in Law, co presentation with Dr Regina Rauxloh, co-editor of Law in Popular Belief 2017., 26 Apr 2017, Southampton University Law School


  • PhD in Law (University of Southampton, 2017)
  • LLB (Hons) in Law (University of Southampton, 2005)
  • BSc (Hons) in Human Biology (University of Surrey, 1976)



  • LEAP@LAWLAB - The Law, Experience and Practice Network hosted by Cardiff University
  • Clinical Ethics Committee University Hospital Southampton
  • Centre for Conflict, Rule of Law and Society (CRoLS) University of Bournemouth
  • Womens Academic Network Group, University of Bournemouth
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