Associate Professor Kristin Savell

BSc LLB (Macquarie) LLM (McG) PhD (Camb)
Deputy Director, Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0222
Fax +61 2 9351 0200

Website Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics
Papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Biographical details

Kristin Savell is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. She teaches and researches in the fields of health law, criminal law and legal/bioethical theories. Kristin holds undergraduate degrees in science (biology) and law from Macquarie University, and graduate degrees from McGill University (LLM, Honours) and Cambridge University (PhD). She was the recipient of a Lionel Murphy Scholarship and a W. M. Tapp Studentship (Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge).

Kristin is a legal member of the NSW Cancer Institute Clinical Research Ethics Committee (a lead HREC) and the Editorial Board of the Sydney Law Review. She is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics and is the coordinator of the Masters of Health Law program at the University of Sydney.

Kristin is working on a range of projects including: a co-authored monograph with Isabel Karpin entitled: Perfecting Pregnancy: Law, Disability, and the Future of Reproduction (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2012) and a major ARC funded project on the legal meaning of serious disability in prenatal and neonatal decision-making. She also continues her work on projects concerning the legal and medical regulation of non-normative embodiment; stem cells and cloning, end of life decision-making, and the social, clinical and legal constructions of death and dying.

Before commencing her academic career, Kristin practised as a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, in the intellectual property and trade practices law group.

Research interests

  • Health Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Legal Personhood
  • Law & Sexuality

Teaching and supervision

Undergraduate

  • Criminal law

Postgraduate

  • Death Law
  • Health Care and Professional Liability
  • Health Law for Health Professionals
  • Policing Bodies: Crime, Sexuality & Reproduction

Selected grants

2013

  • NETWORK FOR ORGANS, BODIES AND TISSUES (NBOT); Stewart C, Anderson W, Cashman P, Cooper M, Griffiths P, Hooker L, Jordens C, Kerridge I, Lupton D, Magnusson R, Michael M, Pols H, Race K, Salkeld G, Savell K, Scott Bray R, Shewan L, Waldby C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2009

  • The Legal Function of Serious Disability in Prenatal and Neonatal Health Care Settings; Savell K, Karpin I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Karpin, I., Savell, K. (2012). Perfecting Pregnancy: Law, Disability, and the Future of Reproduction. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Savell, K. (2008). Turning Mothers into Bioethicists: Late Abortion and Disability. In Belinda Bennett; Terry Carney; Isabel Karpin (Eds.), Brave New World of Health, (pp. 93-111). Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.
  • Savell, K. (2007). Newborns with Disabilities. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Sydney: Butterworths.
  • Savell, K. (2002). The Mother of the Legal Person. In Susan James & Stephanie Palmer (Eds.), Visible Women: Essays on Feminist Legal Theory and Political Philosophy, (pp. 29-67). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.

Journals

  • Morris, K., Savell, K., Ryan, C. (2012). Psychiatrists and termination of pregnancy: Clinical, legal and ethical aspects. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(1), 18-27. [More Information]
  • Savell, K. (2011). A Jurisprudence of Ambivalence: Three Legal Fictions Concerning Death and Dying. Cultural Studies Review, 17(1), 52-80.
  • Savell, K. (2011). Confronting Death in Legal Disputes About Treatment-Limitation in Children. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 8(4), 363-377. [More Information]
  • Savell, K. (2008). Reproductive Choice or Eliminating Disability? Prenatal Testing and Abortion. Precedent, 88, 25-30.
  • Savell, K., Karpin, I. (2008). The meaning of "serious disability" in the legal regulation of prenatal and neonatal decision-making. Journal of Law and Medicine, 16(2), 233-245.
  • Savell, K. (2007). Life and death before birth: 4D ultrasound and the shifting frontiers of the abortion debate. Journal of Law and Medicine, 15(1), 103-116.
  • Savell, K. (2006). Is the 'Born Alive' Rule Outdated and Indefensible? Sydney Law Review, 28(4), 625-664.
  • Savell, K. (2006). The Legal Significance of Birth. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 29(2), 200-206.
  • Savell, K. (2004). Sex And The Sacred: Sterilization And Bodily Integrity In English And Canadian Law. McGill Law Journal, 49, 1093-1141.
  • Savell, K. (2001). Human Rights in the Age of Technology: Can law rein in the medical juggernaut? Sydney Law Review, 23, 423-460.

2012

  • Karpin, I., Savell, K. (2012). Perfecting Pregnancy: Law, Disability, and the Future of Reproduction. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Morris, K., Savell, K., Ryan, C. (2012). Psychiatrists and termination of pregnancy: Clinical, legal and ethical aspects. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(1), 18-27. [More Information]

2011

  • Savell, K. (2011). A Jurisprudence of Ambivalence: Three Legal Fictions Concerning Death and Dying. Cultural Studies Review, 17(1), 52-80.
  • Savell, K. (2011). Confronting Death in Legal Disputes About Treatment-Limitation in Children. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 8(4), 363-377. [More Information]

2008

  • Savell, K. (2008). Reproductive Choice or Eliminating Disability? Prenatal Testing and Abortion. Precedent, 88, 25-30.
  • Savell, K., Karpin, I. (2008). The meaning of "serious disability" in the legal regulation of prenatal and neonatal decision-making. Journal of Law and Medicine, 16(2), 233-245.
  • Savell, K. (2008). Turning Mothers into Bioethicists: Late Abortion and Disability. In Belinda Bennett; Terry Carney; Isabel Karpin (Eds.), Brave New World of Health, (pp. 93-111). Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.

2007

  • Savell, K. (2007). Life and death before birth: 4D ultrasound and the shifting frontiers of the abortion debate. Journal of Law and Medicine, 15(1), 103-116.
  • Savell, K. (2007). Newborns with Disabilities. Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Sydney: Butterworths.

2006

  • Savell, K. (2006). Is the 'Born Alive' Rule Outdated and Indefensible? Sydney Law Review, 28(4), 625-664.
  • Savell, K. (2006). The Legal Significance of Birth. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 29(2), 200-206.

2004

  • Savell, K. (2004). Sex And The Sacred: Sterilization And Bodily Integrity In English And Canadian Law. McGill Law Journal, 49, 1093-1141.

2002

  • Savell, K. (2002). The Mother of the Legal Person. In Susan James & Stephanie Palmer (Eds.), Visible Women: Essays on Feminist Legal Theory and Political Philosophy, (pp. 29-67). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.

2001

  • Savell, K. (2001). Human Rights in the Age of Technology: Can law rein in the medical juggernaut? Sydney Law Review, 23, 423-460.

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