Areas of Research Interest: The Welfare State; Sociology of Law; Social Theory; Critical approaches to Social Policy; Health Care Law/Medical Law

Current Research Project: The Bonds of Welfare.

Dr. Veitch is willing to act as a PhD supervisor for prospective students interested in undertaking research in the areas identified above.

Visiting Position: Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, 2012-13




The Jurisdiction of Medical Law (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007; reprinted Abingdon: Routledge, 2017):


K Veitch & T Kotkas (eds.) Social Rights in the Welfare State: Origins and Transformations (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017):

Journal Articles

'Social Policy and the Government of Waste' (2017) Capital & Class

'Law, Social Policy and the Constitution of Markets and Profit Making' (2013) 40(1) Journal of Law and Society 137-54 (also published in D Ashiagbor, P Kotiswaran & A Perry-Kessaris (eds.) Towards an Economic Sociology of Law (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 137-54,descCd-description.html)

'Juridification, Medicalisation and the Impact of EU Law: Patient Mobility and the Allocation of Scarce NHS Resources' (2012) 20(3) Medical Law Review 362-98

'Social Solidarity and the Power of Contract' (2011) 38(2) Journal of Law and Society 189-214

'The Government of Healthcare and the Politics of Patient Empowerment - New Labour and the NHS Reform Agenda in England' (2010) 32(3) Law & Policy 313-31

'Medical Law and the Power of Life and Death' (2006) 2(2) International Journal of Law in Context 137-57

'Being Ms B: B, Autonomy and the Nature of Legal Regulation' (2004) 26(1) Sydney Law Review 107-30 (with Derek Morgan)

Case Comment - R (on the application of Quintavalle) v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (2003) 25(4) Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law 391-97

Book Chapters

'Law, Social Policy and the Neoliberal State', in H Brabazon (ed.) Neoliberal Legality: Understanding the Role of Law in the Neoliberal Project (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017), pp. 77-91

'Unemployment and the Obligatory Dimension of Social Rights', in K Veitch & T Kotkas (eds.) Social Rights in the Welfare State: Origins and Transformations (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017), pp. 58-75

Book Reviews

John Harrington Towards a Rhetoric of Medical Law (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017) (2017) 37(4) Legal Studies 838-41

Brett Christophers The Great Leveler: Capitalism and Competition in the Court of Law (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016) (2017) 65(2) The Sociological Review 431-34


Workshops Organised

'Making Sense of Social Rights', University of Sussex, 2015 (Sponsored by Sussex Law School's Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law)

'Securing Insecurity - Law and the Foundations of Contemporary Social and Economic Insecurity', University of Sussex, 2009 (Sponsored by The Modern Law Review)

Workshop & Conference Papers

'Ties, Bonds and Obligations - Reflections on Zygmunt Bauman's Liquid Modernity', Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle University, UK, 2017

'The "Social" Dimension of Social Rights', Workshop on Making Sense of Social Rights, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland, 2014

'Welfare and the Politics of Contract', Workshop on Protest, Precarisation, Possibility (Seminar 4 of the ESRC Seminar Series on The Public Life of Private Law), Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, UK 2014

'Workfare, the Rule of Law, and the Neoliberal State', Workshop on Understanding Neoliberal Legality: Perspectives on the Use of Law By, For, and Against the Neoliberal Project, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, UK, 2013

'Law, Social Policy and the Embeddedness of Markets and Capital Accumulation', Conference on Towards an Economic Sociology of Law, School of Law, SOAS, University of London, UK, 2012

'Waste and the Welfare State', Critical Legal Conference, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden, 2012 (Co-convenor of 'Welfare State as Social Utopia?' stream)

'Neoliberalism and the Politics of Solidarity', Law & Society Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, US, 2011

'Law, Politics and the Allocation of Scarce Health Care Resources', Staff Seminar, Centre for Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, 2010

‘Law, Social Policy, and the Power of Contract’, Workshop on Power of Law, Helsinki Law School, University of Helsinki, Finland 2010

‘Contract and the Government of Social Insecurity’, Research Seminar, Centre for Social and Political Thought, University of Sussex, UK 2009

‘Contract and the Normalisation of Social Insecurity’, Workshop on Securing Insecurity: Law and the Foundations of Contemporary Social and Economic Insecurity, School of Law, University of Sussex, UK 2009

‘Choosing Responsibly and the Responsibility to Choose: Reflections on New Labour’s NHS Reform Agenda in England’, Critical Legal Conference, School of Law, University of Glasgow, UK 2008

‘The Conditions of a Meaningful Human Rights Discourse in the Era of Globalisation’, Seminar on Globalisation and Human Rights, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, India, 2007

‘Jurisdiction and the Emergence of Academic Medical Law’, Workshop on Ethics and the Making of Medical Law, The Institute of Medicine, Law & Bioethics, University of Liverpool, UK 2007

‘Medical Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Conservatism’, The National Critical Lawyers Group Annual Conference, School of Law, University of Kent, UK 2007

‘The Jurisdiction of Medical Law: From Medicalisation to Legalisation’, Staff Seminar, School of Law, University of Sussex, UK 2007

‘Regulating Morality: A Critical Analysis of the Power of Medical Law’, Staff Seminar, School of Law, University of Glasgow, UK 2006

‘Human Rights and the Power of Medical Law’, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Stirling, UK 2006