School of Law

Dr Chris Dietz

Lecturer in Law & Social Justice

I am a graduate of the University of Leeds, having completed an LLB in Law and European Law, an MA in in Criminological Research, and a PhD in Socio-Legal Studies, at the School of Law, before commencing my lectureship in June 2017.

I have previously held visiting positions at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), and Linköping University (Sweden).

Research Interests

My research addresses the regulation of gender, with a specific focus upon how gender recognition law affects trans and intersex embodiment. My doctoral thesis presents a critical analysis of how effective the ‘self-declaration’ model of legal gender recognition has been in Denmark, the first European state to have adopted it.


I teach Employment Law, Gender and the Law, Health Care Law, and Law and Society.

PhD Supervision

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.

Key Publications

Article: Julie Wallbank and Chris Dietz, ‘Lesbian mothers, fathers and other animals: is the political personal in multiple parent families?’ (2013) 25(4) Child and Family Law Quarterly 451.

Book chapter: Chris Dietz and Julie Wallbank, ‘‘Square peg, round hole?’: The legal regulation of Plus Two Parent Families’ in Nicola Barker and Daniel Monk (eds), From Civil Partnership to Same-Sex Marriage: Interdisciplinary Reflections (Routledge 2015).

Book review: Chris Dietz, ‘Book review: Mariana Valverde, Chronotopes of Law: Jurisdiction, Scale and Governance’ (2016) 25(1) Social & Legal Studies 126.

Report: Chris Dietz, Holly Greenberry, Michael Thomson, Mitchell Travis, and Julie Wallbank, ‘Centre for Law & Social Justice, University of Leeds, and Intersex UK written submission to the Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry into Transgender Equality’ (2015) <>

Media Contact Areas

I am happy to talk to the media on issues concerning gender recognition, and self-declaration of legal gender status.

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