Heloise's doctoral research focuses on state neutrality in relation to the use of certain medical procedures which end or prevent the lives of disabled human beings. In particular, she is examining (1) prenatal testing and abortion, (2) preimplantation genetic diagnosis, (3) human germline genetic modification, including mitochondria replacement, and (4) the withdrawal of medical treatment for seriously ill infants.

Heloise is currently the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Oxford, and she is the sole convenor of the Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group. She has received a Humane Studies Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies, and is a Dan Searle Fellow.

Heloise is a qualified barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada, and has worked in leading law firms in both Canada and the UK. She has also worked as a law clerk to a senior judge at the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal.



Research Interests

Medical law and ethics, contract law, tort law, jurisprudence.

Options taught

Medical Law and Ethics (FHS)

Research projects