Saarrah Ray is reading for a DPhil in Law and she is the recipient of the DPhil Law BAME Scholarship awarded by the Faculty of Law in conjunction with Christ Church. Her doctoral research, under the supervision of Professor Imogen Goold and Professor Jonathan Herring, focuses on Reconceptualising the ‘Designer Vagina’ as Violence Against Women: A Feminist Argument Supporting the Criminalisation  of Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery.

Saarrah is also a Non-Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at The Queen's College, teaching Tort Law.

Saarrah holds an LLB (Hons) (first-class) and an MA in Bioethics and Medical Law (distinction) from St Mary’s University Twickenham, London. She also volunteers as a researcher for The Vavengers, a UK-based charity working to eradicate female genital mutilation. Saarrah’s general research interests encompass the intersections of feminism, race, sexuality, culture and the law.

Research Interests

Feminist Legal Theory; Gender and the Law; Medical Law and Ethics; Harmful Cultural Practices and the Law; Sexual Violence; Obstetric Violence; Criminal Law; Tort Law

Research projects & programmes

Family and Medical Law Research Group