“My overall conclusions are that there are no weak contributions here, that I learnt a lot, had my mind changed occasionally [and] was led to thinking about some – important – matters for the first time” – Chris Barton,
Child and Family Law Quarterly Volume 21, No.4, 2009
“...the book as a whole is thought-provoking and challenging, with a mastery of detail and argument that is so often lacking in public debate today...the breadth of subjects discussed and the fact that many of them are familiar from popular discussions make it a fascinating read. It provides insights into both the reach and the limitations of the law in dealing with intimate life and raises important questions about the way in which autonomy has become subject to doubt, both in its necessity and its possibility.
Jan Macvarish” –
Spiked Review of Books July 2009
“Many of the individual cases are thought-provoking and useful for scholars of family law, feminist legal theory, and autonomy. They raise many provocative questions about the relationship between autonomy and regulation by challenging the assumption that these two things are necessarily opposed to one another...The chapters are accessible and could be useful in an undergraduate or graduate course on gender and law or family law.” – Claire E. Rasmussen,
Law & Politics Book Review Vol.19, No.8 August 28, 2009
“The essays analyse how much intimate relationships and reproductive decision-making should be affected by the law, regulation and social policy. The collection will therefore appeal to legal scholars, social scientists, biochemists, and policy makers alike.
This collection of essays engagingly discusses the intersection of autonomy and regulation in private decision making… the essays are all of high standard and … the book makes a good contribution to its field.” – Malcolm Smith,
Bionews April 2010