Dr Joshua Warburton


I joined the University of Leeds in 2016 as Research Assistant to the Head of the Law School, having previously worked at the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. 

I obtained my LL.M and PhD in Law from the University of Manchester, and my doctoral thesis was broadly in the area of regulating digital content through optional legal systems.

I have presented papers both nationally and internationally, as well as having chaired legal discussions aimed at engaging the wider public.


  • PG Research Skills Module Leader/UG Researching Law Module Leader
  • PG Dissertation Module Leader
  • EU Law Module Leader

Research interests

I research in the areas of Consumer Law, Tort Law, Medical Law, Law and Ethics, Digital Law and Contract Law.

Marie Fox, Michael Thomson, Joshua Warburton, ‘Embodied Integrity, Shaping Surgeries, and the Profoundly Disabled Child’ in Dietz C, Travis M, Thomson M, A Jurisprudence of the Body (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

Marie Fox, Michael Thomson, Joshua Warburton 'Non‐therapeutic male genital cutting and harm: Law, policy and evidence from U.K. hospitals’ (2019) 33(4) Bioethics 467

Joshua Warburton ‘An Innovative Legal Approach to Regulating Digital Content Contracts in the EU’ (2017) 7(3) JIPITEC

Fae Garland, Michael Thomson, Mitchell Travis, Joshua Warburton, ‘Management of “Disorders of Sex Development & medical ethics: Results from a Freedom of Information Exercise’ (forthcoming)

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD (Law)
  • LLM (Law)
  • LLB (Law)

Student education

I'm currently a module leader, and provide pastoral support for students.