School of Law

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Dr Beverley Clough

Lecturer in Law

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'.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in mental capacity law, disability rights and theory, human rights law, 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.

PhD Supervision

I welcome applications focusing on both practical and theoretical aspects of mental health and mental capacity law, disability law, medical law and community care law.

Key Publications

  • Forthcoming J. Herring and B. Clough, (Eds) Ageing, Gender and Family Law (Routledge, 2017) including chapter- B. Clough, ‘Accountability and Social Justice in Adult Social Care’
  • Clough, ‘Vulnerability and Disability: Challenging the Capacity/Incapacity Binary in Mental Capacity Law’ (2016) Social Policy and Society Online First
  • Clough, 'Case Commentary: Anorexia, Capacity and Best Interests: Developments in the Court of Protection since the Mental Capacity Act 2005' (2016) Medical Law Review 
  • Clough, ‘Vulnerability and Capacity to Consent to Sex- Asking the Right Questions?’ (2015) 26(4) Child and Family Law Quarterly371-397
  • Clough, ‘People Like That’: Realising the Social Model in Mental Capacity Jurisprudence’ (2015) 23(1) Medical Law Review 53-80
  • Clough and M. Brazier, ‘Never too old for health and human rights?’ (2014) 14(3)Medical Law International133-156
  • Clough, ‘What About Us? A case for legal recognition of interdependence in informal care relationships’ (2014) 36(2) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 129-148 

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