The Team

The team conducting the research for the Regulating Relations project is made up of Distinguished Professor Jenni Millbank, Professor Anita Stuhmcke and Distinguished Professor Isabel Karpin, anthropologist Dr Michaela Stockey- Bridge and research assistant Norman O’Dowd. We are all from the Faculty of Law at UTS (University of Technology Sydney). The international investigators on the project are Professor Emily Jackson and Associate Professor Roxanne Mykitiuk. They will provide comparative input of United Kingdom and Canadian perspectives.

Professors Millbank, Karpin and Stuhmcke are researchers with established national and international reputations in bio-ethics and the legal regulation of health, in particular in the areas of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), gamete and embryo donation, disability and surrogacy. We have previously collaborated on an ARC funded project, Enhancing Reproductive Opportunity, from 2009-2013. That project investigated the impact of various laws and policies upon the users of IVF in Australia, with a particular focus on decision-making concerning stored embryos. Outcomes of that project to date include: input into recent law reforms in NSW and Victoria extending and making more flexible the storage limits that apply to stored embryos; a major submission to revision of national ethics guidance on ART; and consideration in NSW law of our reform proposals concerning women’s use of sperm or embryos following the death of a partner.  The Final Report from that project can be accessed here.

UTS Faculty of Law

Jenni Millbank 

Jenni is a specialist in relationship and family law and assisted reproductive technologies. For over a decade Jenni has been involved in leading Australian research and law reform relating to non-traditional family forms.

Anita Stuhmcke

Anita specialises in bioethics and health law and policy. Anita is a leading Australian commentator on surrogacy law.

Roxanne Mykitiuk

Roxanne is an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada and Director of the Disability Law Intensive Program. Her research interests are in the fields of Disability law, Health law and Bioethics and Family law. She has undertaken numerous research projects and holds a number of current research grants funded by SSHRC and CIHR.

Emily Jackson

Emily is a Professor of Law at the London School of Economics. Her research interests are in the field of medical law and ethics, with particular emphasis upon reproductive issues. From 2008 – 2012 she was Deputy Chair of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

Isabel Karpin

Isabel specialises in feminist legal theory, health law, genetics and the law, disability and law and culture. Her work explores laws governing reproductive technologies, biotechnology and genetic technologies and the challenges these pose to legal understandings of normality, disability, individuality, and family.

Michaela Stockey-Bridge

Michaela is an anthropologist and specialises in legal and medical anthropology with a particular focus on NRTs, surrogacy, parenthood, work and family formation. Her PhD fieldwork looked at the Australia-India surrogacy relationship.

Norman O’Dowd

Norman is a casual academic at UTS.  He is currently on leave from Legal Aid NSW where he works in the area of family law including having represented children in surrogacy matters.  Norman has a law degree from The University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters in Public Administration from The University of Sydney.

Latest Project Updates

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Regulating Relations

We have started interviewing participants about family formation. We are still recruiting participants and are particularly interested in interviewing people who have:

  • Travelled interstate or overseas to attempt to form a family
  • Engaged in genetic testing and / or sex selection
  • Donated or received donor eggs
  • Used gametes or embryos posthumously
  • Used surrogacy to form or attempt to form a family
  • Considered becoming a Gay Dad by using Cross Border Reproductive Care (CBRC)
  • Contacted recipients who have used the same donor

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