Dr Lynsey Mitchell

Lecturer In Scots Private Law


Personal statement

Dr Lynsey Mitchell is an early career researcher and lecturer in law. 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 the review editor of the Journal of Social Change.


Has expertise in:

    Human rights 

    Reproductive rights

    Women and law

    Gender, sexuality and law

    Feminist legal theory

    Women, conflict and law

    Law and literature


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)





The gender of international human rights law? Uncovering legal academics' views on teaching women's rights
Mitchell Lynsey
Teaching International Law (2023) (2023)
[Book Review] : Scottish Feminist Judgments: (Re) Creating Law from the Outside In
Mitchell Lynsey
Juridical Review Vol 4, pp. 230-232 (2022)
Are women's rights really human rights? The limitations of Human Rights law in securing abortion rights
Mitchell Lynsey
Law's invisible women : the unintended gendered consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown
Mitchell Lynsey, Weldon-Johns Michelle
Amicus Curiae Vol 3, pp. 188-217 (2022)
Reading narratives of privilege and paternalism : the limited utility of human rights law on the journey to reform Northern Irish abortion law
Mitchell Lynsey
Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly Vol 72, pp. 89-131 (2021)
Book Review : Susan Harris Rimmer and Kate Ogg (Eds.): Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law
Mitchell Lynsey
Feminist Legal Studies Vol 28, pp. 225-229 (2020)

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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 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.

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.




Professional activities

First Minister's second Summit on Abortion in Scotland
The Right to Take Part in Cultural Life: Briefing Paper presentation
Global Challenges to Abortion Rights: What Next for Abortion Law and Policy?
Reproductive Rights as Human Rights?
Decriminalising Abortion in Scotland
Abortion Working Group (External organisation)

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