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Dr Gaye Orr

  • Lecturer 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 focuses on interfaces between science, healthcare and law. I seek to better understand how professionals within disciplines apart from law understand relevant legal and ethical requirements, relating to healthcare, criminal and family law

My research has been interdisciplinary and socio-legal in outlook, exploring the nature of evidence, expert evidence, and gender issues, I have been especially interested in the ways in which women are perceived in law, and how expert testimony and evidence may be applied in child death cases.

My doctoral 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.

See: Latest publication: Interpreting the Feminine in the Criminal Trial: Can the Insights of Rape Myth Scholarship Help Mothers Accused of Killing Their Children? In feminists@law, an open access journal of feminist legal scholarship.

Forthcoming: 'Mothering Myths, Child Deaths and the Law' a monograph for Routledge publications 2020.

I welcome enquiries from law students and health care students wishing to write their first degree dissertations or their doctoral research on health care law topics.

Further publications in progress relate to the control of data in healthcare; the ethics of decision making in health care; transparency issues in the use of expert evidence in family proceedings.

'Mothering Myths, Child Deaths and the Law' A monograph for Routledge publications due 2020.

Journal Articles

  • Orr, G., 2019. Interpreting the Feminine in the Criminal Trial: Can the Insights of Rape Myth Scholarship Help Mothers Accused of Killing Their Children? feminists@law, 9 (2), 1-42.

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
  • 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
  • Law of Torts
  • Tort Law (University of Bournemouth) 2018_9

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

Attended Training

  • Post Graduate Research Student supervisor training, 25 Sep 2019, certificate


  • PhD in Law (University of Southampton, 2017)
  • LLB (Hons) in Law (University of Southampton, 2005)
  • Registered Health Visitor RHV in Health Visiting (Southampton University, 1985)
  • Registered Midwife RM in Midwifery (St Mary's Hospital Portsmouth, 1979)
  • State Registered Nurse in Nursing (St Georges Hospital London, 1977)
  • 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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