Dr Rosie Fox

Dr Rosie Fox


I joined Leeds Law School in 2014 as a PhD candidate, and was appointed to a full-time role in 2018. In June 2020 I was awarded my PhD – my thesis examined the relationship between informal socio-cultural norms and formal legal rules in Japan, with a particular focus on lay participation in the criminal justice system. Alongside this I also developed my teaching skills and began to explore visual methods in legal pedagogy. Presently I teach on the modules for Criminal Law, Law and Society, Land Law, and the final year Dissertation on the LLB course. I am also the module leader for Introduction to Criminal Law on the BA Criminal Justice and Criminology course.

Prior to joining Leeds Law School, I studied my LLB (Hons.) with Criminology undergraduate degree at the University of Derby, followed by a Masters in International and Comparative Law, for which I was awarded a Distinction. I also worked in Student Wellbeing at the University of Derby and as a Teaching Assistant for the School of Law.


  • Deputy Co-Director of CIRLE

Research interests

My scholarship focuses on cultivating new and innovative approaches to how we teach and learn about law and criminal justice. I am particularly interested in visual approaches to teaching law, gamifiction of learning, and authentic, inclusive and equitable assessment. In 2020, I developed  a visual case study assessment for my students on the Introduction to Law module, in which students can choose any case they wish from the learning materials, and create a case report of it using a visual medium of their choice. I will be seeking further student feedback on this assessment method to update, refine and improve this assessment.

Along with Dr James Greenwood-Reeves, I run the “Law’s A Drag” research network, which connects drag artists and academics, empowers and amplifies the voices of drag artists in drag-and-law related research, and seeks to connect meaningfully with drag artists and curate areas of research that are important to them and their experiences of law.

My other research interests lie in the intersection of law and dress, the identity and wellbeing of doctoral students, and the aesthetics of law and legal experience.

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  • PhD
  • LLM (International and Comparative Law)
  • LLB (Hons.) with Criminology

Professional memberships

  • Committee Member, Association of Law Teachers
  • Member, Graphic Justice Research Alliance
  • Member, Socio-legal Studies Association
  • Member, Law and Society Association

Student education

I teach on a variety of modules on the LLB undergraduate course, and the Co-Deputy Director for the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education. I am primarily involved in teaching lectures and seminars, and am continually developing the learning and teaching experience for students in small-group teaching spaces. In particular I employ a range of interactive methods, visual aids and encourage students to take an active part in developing their own learning materials.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice