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 mitochondrial replacement, and (4) the withdrawal of medical treatment for seriously ill infants.

During her studies at Oxford, Heloise has taught medical law and ethics to both graduates and undergraduates, and she was the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Medical Law and Ethics in 2015-2016. She was also the convenor of the Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group in 2015-2016 and in 2016-2017. She has received two Humane Studies Fellowships from the Institute for Humane Studies; she was a Searle Freedom Trust Fellow and 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