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Dr Lynsey Mitchell

About Dr Lynsey Mitchell

Lynsey joined Leeds Law School in summer 2017. She is an early career researcher whose PhD 'How was the military intervention in Afghanistan legally justified' was awarded in 2016. Lynsey is an experienced researcher and lecturer in human rights and public international law, and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Lynsey's research interests and expertise lie in critical approaches to human rights and international law, and straddle women's human rights, feminist legal theory, public international law, terrorism, and critical theory in general.

Her research offers analyses of conflict grounded in critical theory, that look at the correlation of human rights discourse with justifications for military intervention. Her work is underpinned by feminist critical approaches, drawing on postmodern and post-colonial theory. Her PhD argued that the discourse of women’s rights was used to veil the questionably legal military intervention in Afghanistan, and explored how the language of human rights and humanitarianism had become conflated with legal arguments about self-defence and terrorism.

As well as her lecturing experience, Lynsey has previously worked for human rights NGOs providing advice to refugees and in welfare rights.

Current Teaching

Lynsey is module leader for the Public Law (PGDL) and International Human Rights Law (LLB) modules. She also teaches on the criminal law and English Legal systems modules.

Lynsey is currently supervising two PhD students and is happy to supervise PhDs in the area of human rights and international law, particularly those with a focus on women's rights and/or critical theory.

Research Interests

Lynsey's research aims to contribute to feminist understandings of conflict and the use of force in international law through exploring the ‘dark side’ of human rights discourse which contributes to the framing of conflict. She is currently working on a project that examines the UK's framing of conflict in Syria and is also researching the intersection of international human rights norms and their applicability to women in the devolved regions of the UK as regards reproductive rights.

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