Lynsey Mitchell


  • Lecturer B, Law
  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

Personal profile

Personal Statement

Dr Lynsey Mitchell is an early career researcher and lecturer in law. She teaches and researches in the area of human rights law and gender. She joined Strathclyde Law School in 2022. Previously she was a lecturer at Abertay University (2018-2022) where she taught EU law, Law of Evidence, Human Rights, and Gender, Sexuality and the Law. Prior to that she was a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University (2017-2018) where she taught Human Rights Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level and Public Law on the PGDL. She was also the programme leader for the International Law LLM.

She is a member of the Executive Committee of the LEX Gender, Sexuality and Law Network and sits on the editorial board of the feminist journal Feminist Legal Studies.

Research Interests

Dr Mitchell's research interests straddle critical approaches to human rights law, women’s rights, reproductive rights, feminist legal theory, women and conflict, and law and literature. Her research explores how narratives of women are constructed in law and explores the 'dark side' of human rights.

She is involved in individual and collaborative projects that will contribute to feminist understandings of women's rights in international law/international human rights law and how the language of human rights has been utilised by those who violate rights. She is currently working on a number of projects that explore how reproductive rights are understood within human rights law.

She is the PI on a funded project 'Mainstreaming Women's Rights' that is exploring how human rights law is taught in law schools and looks specifically at whether content on reproductive rights is included. She has also been awarded a SULI fellowship for her research project 'Scotland's Abortion Law: Past Present and Future'.

Her work on reading narratives of war through fairy tales has been published in the Liverpool Law Review and her recent article published in Law and Humanities explores the narrativisation of war by tracing parallels with international law and Game of Thrones.

She welcomes applications from perspective PhD candidates in the area of women’s rights, international human rights law, critical approaches to human rights, gender, sexuality and the law, and feminist legal theory in general.

Expertise & Capabilities

Human rights 

Reproductive rights

Women and law

Gender, sexuality and law

Feminist legal theory

Women, conflict and law

Law and literature

Academic / Professional qualifications

PostGraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE (University of Strathclyde)

PhD (University of Strathclyde)

Diploma in Legal Practice (Glasgow Graduate School of Law)

LLM international Law (University of Glasgow)

LLB Law (University of Strathclyde)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Scotland Commissioner, European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law

20 Oct 2023 → …

Deputy Examiner, University College London

1 May 2021 → …

Executive Committee, Abortion Rights Scotland

25 Jan 2021 → …


  • human rights
  • women's rights
  • feminist legal theory
  • gender and sexuality
  • women and conflict
  • reproductive rights
  • law and literature


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