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Lynsey Mitchell

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Research interests

Dr Mitchell's research interests straddle human rights law, women’s rights, feminist legal theory, reproductive rights, and law and literature. 

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

Personal profile

Dr Lynsey Mitchell is an early career researcher and lecturer in law. 

Dr Mitchell's research interests straddle critical approaches to human rights law, women’s rights, reproductive rights, feminist legal theory, 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 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 is also researching the narrative construction of the Syrian conflict in UK Parliamentary debates. She is interested in the construction of conflict and rescue in public consciousness and explores how this can impact on our understanding and application of international human rights law.

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.

Lynsey 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.

Education / Qualifications

Her PhD was awarded without correction in 2016 by the University of Strathclyde. It focussed on the military intervention in Afghanistan, arguing that this was illegal, but came to be legitimated in public discourse through the deployment of a gendered heroic narrative. It highlighted the danger of subscribing to such a narrative and questioned why academic commentators were complicit in such action that ultimately harmed women and devalued international legal norms.

She also holds an LLM in International Law from the University of Glasgow and an LLB (hons) in Law from the University of Strathclyde. She has completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching

Gender, Sexuality and the Law

Law of Evidence

Human Rights Law

EU Law

Family Law

 

Knowledge Exchange

Contribution to Scottish Law Commission Consultation on 10th Programme of Law Reform: CEDAW
In collaboration with Dr Elaine Webster and the Strathclyde Centre for Human Rights Law and Policy, I contributed a response to the Scottish Law Commission’s consultation on law reform. This was based on our report outlining ‘The Legal Framework Addressing Violence Against Women in Scotland and the Influence of CEDAW’ and recommended that the Scottish Government legislate to give effect to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (2017).

Contribution to UN Special rapporteur’s consultation on violence against women
As a member of the Strathclyde Centre for Human Rights Law, I was invited to contribute submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur’s call for responses on a Global Treaty on Violence against Women and Girls. (2016).

Research Supervision

Dr Mitchell has supervised Masters and PhD students. She is happy to discuss potential supervision in the area of women's rights, international human rights in general, critical approaches to human rights, feminist legal theory and legal narratives.

Publications

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, PG Certificate, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 29 Sep 2017

Law, PhD, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 27 Jun 2016

Legal Practice, Dip LP, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 25 Sep 2009

International Law, LLM, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 9 Dec 2005

Law, LLB hons, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 4 Jul 2003

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