Emilie Cloatre is a socio-legal scholar whose main research interests lie in the intersection between law and contemporary 'science and society' issues, including pharmaceutical flows, access to health, and the politics of climate change regulation. Her approach to law is influenced by insights from Science and Technology Studies, and in particular by Actor-Network Theory. Her publications include Pills for the Poorest: an Exploration of TRIPS and access to Medicines in sub-Saharan African (Palgrave McMillan, 2013 - awarded the 2014 Hart Socio-Legal Book prize) and Knowledge, Technology and Law (Routledge, 2014, with Martyn Pickersgill).
She is currently Principal Investigator for 5-year Wellcome Trust project (Investigator Award, 2017-2022) entitled “Law, knowledges and the making of ‘modern’ healthcare: regulating traditional and alternative medicines in contemporary contexts”. This project aims to explore the regulation of traditional and alternative medicines in Europe and Africa, interrogating both the historical and socio-cultural context of current regulatory systems, and their effects on local practices. It will do so through a socio-legal exploration of the regulation of traditional and alternative medicines in two regions where policy conversations have been particularly intense, and current regulatory systems remarkably varied (Europe and Africa). It will focus on six case studies, in three sub-regions that offer an overview both of the diversity of contexts in which those questions arise, and of the diversity in regulatory responses that states have adopted: France and England; Ghana and Senegal and Mauritius and La Reunion. For more information on the project, please see the project website
Before joining Kent in 2010, she was a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Nottingham, and ESRC postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham. She has held visiting positions at the Centre for the Study of Law and Society, University of California at Berkeley; the Genomics Forum, University of Edinburgh; the School of Law, University of Singapore; and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. She is principal investigator for the AHRC Network Technoscience, Law and Society: Interrogating the Nexus.
For more information on her work on access to medication, please see here. Please see here for reviews of Pills for the Poorest in the Journal of Law and Society, in Social and Legal Studies and New Genetics and Society. See here for a short interview on the book in New Books in Medicine.
Research interests: Law, Science and Technology; Environmental Law; Governance and Regulation; Law, Political Economy and Development; Legal Methods and Epistemology; Legal Theories and Philosophy
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Teaching and Supervision
- Public Law 2 (LW592)
- Law, Science and Technology (LW600)
- Law, Science and Society
I am happy to consider supervision in the following areas:
- Law and medicine (including eg. access to health; regulation of traditional medicine; medicine and global justice)
- Law, science and technology
- Law and the politics of knowledge
- Critical development studies
- Law, science and global justice
- Critical ethnographies of law
- Law and anthropology
- Socio-legal studies and Science and technology studies (STS)