Jessica joined Warwick Law School from the Melbourne Law School in January 2021. Prior to this, Jessica was Research Fellow at the HeLEX Centre for Health Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX), at the University of Oxford. Jessica received her PhD from the University of Sheffield (‘UK Biobank Ltd: Private law for Public Good?’) and an MA in Biotechnology, Law and Ethics, and LLB (Hons) from the same Institution. Jessica has spent time as an invited Visiting Researcher at the Brocher Foundation, Geneva, the Centre for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, UC Berkeley, and at the Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University, Montreal. 

Research Interests
Jessica works at the intersection of law, technology and health. Jessica’s research considers the legal and governance issues that arise in health and biomedical research, and analyses different legal structures and models of governance in this context. Using doctrinal and socio-legal methods, Jessica has analysed the ethical, legal and social implications of a number of emerging health technologies, including large-scale research infrastructures (e.g. biobanks and data-sharing networks), 3D bio-printing, stem cell research, gene editing, DIY artificial pancreas systems, and genome sequencing technologies. Jessica collaborates with international, interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary projects to understand the operation of law in context. Her research has been published in legal, scientific and health journals, and presented at academic, industry, government, and third-sector invited meetings and conferences.



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