Cressida's doctoral thesis, entitled 'The cusp of capacity: empowering and protecting people lacking capacity in decisions about treatment and care’, considers the robustness of the concept of capacity in law, and the appropriate legal treatment of people who are found to lack legal capacity. Her research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 

Before starting her DPhil, Cressida read Jurisprudence (Law) at Merton College, Oxford, did a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College, London, and taught both Medical Law and Company Law at the London School of Economics (LSE). She was also a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. 

Cressida is a Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at Merton College, and is the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Medical Law. 


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  • Auckland, 'Muddying the waters of end of life decision-making: Tracey and the encroachment of law on clinical judgment' (2016) Elder Law Journal 264
  • Ruck Keene and Auckland, 'More presumptions please? Wishes, feelings and best interests decision-making' (2015) Elder Law Journal 293


Research Interests

Medical Law and Ethics, Tort Law, Elder Law, Jurisprudence

Options taught

Tort, Company Law, Medical Law and Ethics (FHS)

Research projects