Dr Jessica Bell is a Researcher in Law and holds a PhD in Law and an MA in Biotechnology, Law and Ethics from the University of Sheffield. She was based with the HeLEX Oxford team, having spent two years as Research Fellow at the Melbourne Law School and HeLEX@Melbourne.

Jessica’s research explores the legal and governance issues that arise from hybrid organisations (public/private, clinical/research, commercial/non-commercial), examines the many obligations involved in private law and public law, and questions the public-law, private-law divide. Jessica has led a number of interdisciplinary postdoctoral projects at both Oxford and the Melbourne Law School and has expertise in the areas of research governance, data protection and privacy, regulation and governance of emerging technologies, and the public interest.

Jessica has experience teaching Tort Law at the University of Sheffield School of Law to Masters and undergraduate students and has lectured on Genetic Privacy at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Prior to HeLEX, Jessica spent time as an invited Visiting Researcher at: the Brocher Foundation, Geneva; the Centre for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, UC Berkeley, California; and at the Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University, Montreal.


Recent additions

Journal Article (16)

JLB Bell, S E Wallace and M Mourby, 'Lawful disclosure of administrative data for research purposes in the UK' (2019) 2 Journal of Data Protection & Privacy 264

Other (3)

M Prictor, JLB Bell, J Bell and Mtaylor, 'Data security in the spotlight' (2018) Pursuit (Melbourne University) Legal Affairs
C Johnston, J Kaye and JLB Bell, 'Who owns your DNA?' (2017) Pursuit (Melbourne University) Legal Affairs
JLB Bell and H Gowans, 'Legal Issues for ADRN Users' (2016) ADRN

Chapter (1)

J Kaye, JLB Bell and M Prictor, 'Trends and challenges in biobanking, tensions and and traumas in health law' in I Freckelton and K Petersen (eds), Tensions and Traumas in Health Law (The Federation Press 2017)

Research Interests

Regulation of emerging technologies, data protection and privacy law, charity law, public interest, governance.

Research projects