School of Law

Professor Luke Clements

Professor of Law and Social Justice

I joined the School of Law in January 2016, having previously held a Chair in Law at Cardiff University.

At Leeds I have the honour of having my Chair in Law endowed by the disabled children’s charity Cerebra.  Cerebra supports our research programme which works with disabled children and their families in finding practical ways of resolving commonly occurring problems that they experience when dealing with health, social care and education bodies.  Our students are key researchers in this programme undertaking a variety of practical projects as part of the School’s thriving law clinics programme.

I am also a practising solicitor (admitted in 1981). Over the years I have had conduct of many cases before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights and I continue to act in an advisory capacity for complaints to the Court.  My UK based legal work has included assisting with the drafting and promotion of a number of Parliamentary Bills aimed at improving the rights of people experiencing social exclusion - including Bills that became the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 and the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004. In 2013 I was the Special Adviser to the Parliamentary Committee that scrutinised the draft Bill that became the Care Act 2014.

Link to personal website

Research Interests

My research interests concern the role of the law in both exacerbating and combating the social exclusion experienced by (in particular) disabled people and their carers.

My current research includes a focus on the barriers disabled children and their families experience in accessing their social, healthcare and educational entitlements.


My teaching has included a wide range of human rights, disability and social care law programmes. 

PhD Supervision

I have supervised doctoral students in social care law, social justice law; disability law and mental capacity and decision making.

I am happy to supervise PhD research in my fields of interest. I am also very happy to discuss the development of PhD research projects and proposals with individual.

Key Publications


Clements L Community Care & the Law (Legal Action Group 2017)

Broach S, Clements L and Read J Disabled Children: a legal handbook (Legal Action Group 2016);

Clements L Carers and their Rights – the law relating to carers (Carers UK 2016);

Parker C and Clements L The European Union and the Right to Community Living (Open Society Foundation 2012)

Clements L and Read, J Disabled People and the Right to Life (Routledge 2009).

Clements L and read J Disabled People and European Human Rights (Policy Press 2003)

Morris R and Clements L At What Cost? The economics of Gypsy and Traveller encampments (Policy Press 2002).


Clements L  ‘Does your carer take sugar?  Carers and human rights: the parallel struggles of disabled people and carers for equal treatment’ in The Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice 2013 19 397 - 434

Series L and Clements L ‘Putting the Cart before the Horse: Resource Allocation Systems and Community Care’ in The Journal of Social Welfare Law 2013 (2) 207-226;

Clements L ‘Disability, Dignity and the Cri de Coeur’ in European Human Rights Law Review Special Disability Rights Issue 2011 E.H.R.L.R (6) 675 – 685;

 Clements L ‘Individual Budgets and irrational exuberance’ in The Community Care Law Reports (11) 2009  413-430.

Parker C and Clements L ‘The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: a New Right to Independent Living?’ in The European Human Rights Law Review (4) 2008 508 – 523;


Media Contact Areas

I am happy to talk to the media on areas of social care law (the rights of disabled, elderly and ill people and carers) and the human rights of minorities.

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