Writing and speaking

On this page you can find some of my academic writing and speaking engagements, as well as commentary on contemporary issues in reproductive justice.


Brione, R. 2022. “Person-Centered Maternity Care: COVID Exposes the IllusionIJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 2022 15:1, 131-134

Brione, R. 2020. “Non-consented vaginal examinations: The Birthrights and AIMS perspective”, in Women’s Birthing Bodies and the Law Unauthorised Intimate Examinations, Power and Vulnerability. Eds Camilla Pickles and Jonathan Herring. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Lead author and researcher on Birthrights and Birth Companions’ research: Birthrights and Birth Companions. 2019. “Holding it all together: Understanding how far the human rights of women facing disadvantage are respected during pregnancy, birth and postnatal care”. London.

Brione, R. 2015. “To what extent does or should a woman’s autonomy overrule the interests of her baby? A study of autonomy-related issues in the context of Caesarean section. The New Bioethics 21(1): 71-86.

Cordell, S.C., Anderson, R.E. and Lowe, J. 2001. “Crystal structure of the bacterial cell division inhibitor MinC”. EMBO J. 20(10): 2454–2461. [Under maiden name]


C-section and anesthesia: an unexpectedly unified decision. Open Justice Court of Protection Project; November 2021.

An urgent court-authorised Caesarean: seeing behind a published judgement. Open Justice Court of Protection Project; June 2021.

Choice, human rights and childbirth in the Court of Protection. Open Justice Court of Protection Project; May 2021.

Non-consented vaginal examinations: a hidden violation. Durham CELLS Obstetric Violence blog; October 2020.

Risk and disability: the human rights view; WRISK project; December 2019.

Conference papers

Multiple penetration in maternity care: Navigating the use of vaginal examination in labour”. Violence in Healthcare and Intimate Examinations Panel, Congress of the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 18-19 July 2022.

Unspeakable refusal? Authoritative speech and unwanted vaginal examination”. Reproductive Rights & Justice: A long way to go. University of Manchester, 21 June 2022 (invited talk).

Unspeakable refusal? Authoritative speech and unwanted vaginal examination”. Gestational Research Hub Obstetric Violence Dialogues, 29 April 2022.

Birth rights in the UK: policy, experience & harm”. Ethics Law and Pregnancy in Ireland Conference, University College Cork, 22 October 2021 (invited talk).

““It wasn’t about what I wanted”: the experiences of consent of disabled women and women facing disadvantage”. Northern Network for Medical Humanities 4th Annual Congress 23 April 2021.

““The only safe way to manage labour”: decision-making about birth in the UK Court of Protection.” Birth Rights Bar Association conference 2021; Birth Rights Bar Association with the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law 16-17 April 2021.

The technological imperative and women’s autonomy in reproduction.”
BSA conference “Making Parents? Human Reproduction and Family Life in Contemporary Society” 11 December 2015; University of Roehampton.

Elective medical treatment in the criminal justice system: the ethics of providing assisted reproduction to women in prison.
British Medical Association Forensic Medicine Conference 26 March 2015; BMA House, London.

To what extent does or should a woman’s autonomy overrule the interests of her baby? A study of autonomy-related issues in the context of Caesarean section.
Symposium on “Autonomy and the Other” 28 November 2014; St. Mary’s University, Twickenham (invited paper).

Awards and Prizes

2022- 2023 Awarded the Susan Stebbing doctoral Studentship, King’s College London.

2020 Finalist in the British Medical Association Justice and fairness in medical practice and policy competition.

2015 Santandar Universities/Fordham Ethics and Society Scholarship to Fordham University, New York.

2015 Fran Trust award for scholarly activity in the fields of feminism, gender or women’s studies.

2001 Fully-funded research associateship at Harvard Medical School.