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Bristol (LLB); Oxford (BCL); Cambridge (PhD).

My academic work revolves around courts, judges and politics. There is a particular, although by no means exclusive, focus on human rights law. My PhD thesis focuses on whether the judges of the UK Supreme Court behave in a way which can be fairly described as 'political' but I am interested in the work of courts and judges more generally, including: the malleability of case law; the status and deployment of legal precedent; the exercise of judicial discretion; the phenomenon of dissent and the unique position of courts in adjudicating in the area of human rights. 

Other academic interests

  • Human rights law, with a special interest in the the European Court of Human Rights;
  • Public and administrative law;
  • Legislation 
  • Politics and law.


Key publications: 


S Greer, L Bell and L Graham, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights in the United Kingdom (CUP, forthcoming)


Academic papers:

L Graham, "From Vinter to Hutchinson and Back Again? The Story of Life Imprisonment Cases in the European Court of Human Rights" (forthcoming, E.H.R.L.R.)

L Graham, "Lady Justices on the UK Court of Appeal and the Propensity to Dissent", presented at the HRC Expert Seminar on Gender and the Judiciary, University of Ghent on 27 April 2018.

L Graham, "Quantification of judicial decision-making in the USA and the rest of the world", presented at the British Association of Comparative Law Postgraduate Workshop on Comparative Law, University of Cambridge on 16-17 April 2018.


Contributions to blogs and online media:

L Graham, “Haralambous: The Supreme Court, Closed Proceedings and the Common Law, Round Three” (OxHRH Blog, 25 January 2018)

L Graham, “The European Court of Human Rights and the Emerging Right to Health” (OxHRH Blog, 11 May 2017)

L Graham, “Ahmed v United Kingdom: European Court of Human Rights still skirting around jury bias” (OxHRH Blog, 25 October 2016)


Department: Law
Supervisors: Professor Mark Elliott and Dr David Erdos
College: Pembroke
AHRC Subject Area: Law
Thesis title: Personalities, Preferences and Politics: An Examination of the Individual Ideologies of the Justices of the UK Supreme Court
 Lewis A Graham