Maria Wright

Socio-Legal Studies

PhD Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies (ESRC 1+3)
Law School, University of Bristol

Start date: September 2016

Research topic: International child protection cases in practice

Courts and Local Authorities in England and Wales are increasingly dealing with child protection cases with an international element. Issues will come in to play about the assessment of potential carers abroad, international co-operation between Local Authorities and the appropriate legal outcome for children. Tensions have arisen particularly in circumstances where children with international familial connections have been adopted in this country. My research seeks to examine how Courts and Local Authorities are working with children in international child protection cases, what challenges they face and how their practices could be modified to work more effectively in an international context.

Research supervisors: Professor Judith Masson, Dr Emma Hitchings