Dr Beverley Clough

Dr Beverley Clough


I joined the School of Law at the University of Leeds in July 2015 following a lectureship at the University of Liverpool. I completed my PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Manchester. This provided a critique of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 through the lens of relational theories.

My current project is funded by an ISRF Early Career Fellowship, entitled ‘The Spaces of Mental Capacity Law’. This research seeks to reinvigorate debates in mental capacity law, and disability more broadly, through interrogating the key concepts and binaries that currently frame and constrain legal analysis. This will be done through a critical exploration of the creation and maintenance of the contours of mental capacity law, with an eye to the norms and concepts which inform legal responses in practice, and the concrete consequences of these in terms of embodied experience. It seeks to expose what is obscured or hidden by the binary concepts that frame this area, as well as how recognising relationality and spatial dynamics can help to reconfigure the conceptual terrain.

Find out more about the Dr Clough's project, 'The Spaces of Mental Capacity Law'.

My main research interests are in mental capacity law, critical disability studies, relational and spatial approaches to law, new materialisms, medical law and ethics, care theory, capabilities theory and the concept of vulnerability.

I teach on Introduction to the Law of Obligations, Tort Law and Health Care Law.

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Research groups and institutes

  • Disability Law Hub
  • Centre for Disability Studies
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice

Current postgraduate researchers

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