Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Contact Details

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.

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

  • B. Clough, ‘Vulnerability and Capacity to Consent to Sex- Asking the Right Questions?’ (2015) 26(4) Child and Family Law Quarterly 371-397
  • B. Clough, ‘People Like That’: Realising the Social Model in Mental Capacity Jurisprudence’ (2015) 23(1) Medical Law Review 53-80
  • B. Clough and M. Brazier, ‘Never too old for health and human rights?’ (2014) 14(3) Medical Law International 133-156
  • B. 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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