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Education CV

Bristol (LLB); Oxford (BCL); Cambridge (PhD).

Fields of research

I have two main areas of interest, both involving courts, judges and politics. The first is on judicial behaviour, and my PhD thesis focuses on the individual behaviour of the judges of the UK Supreme Court. I am interested in the work of courts and judges more generally, including: the malleability of case law; the status and deployment of legal precedent; the exercise of judicial discretion; the phenomenon of dissent and the unique position of courts adjudicating in the area of human rights. 

The second is human rights law more generally. I am particularly interested in the judicial approaches to rights under the HRA/ECHR, one salient example being the approach to fair trial rights in the context of the so-called 'closed material procedure'. I am currently working on a book with Professor Steven Greer (Bristol) and Dr Lindsey Bell (Bristol) exploring this alongside other human rights challenges in the post-9/11 context.


Personalities, Preferences and Politics: An Examination of the Individual Ideologies of the Justices of the UK Supreme Court


Professor Mark Elliott and Dr Davis Erdos

Representative Publications


S Greer, L Bell and L Graham, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights in the United Kingdom (CUP, forthcoming)


Journal publications:

L Graham, "Tariq v UK: Strasbourg's Final Word on the Closed Material Procedure" (forthcoming, European Public Law)

L Graham, "Statutory Secret Trials: the Judicial Approach to Closed Material Procedures under the Justice and Security Act 2013" (forthcoming, Civil Justice Quarterly)

L Graham, "From Vinter to Hutchinson and Back Again? The Story of Life Imprisonment Cases in the European Court of Human Rights" (2018) 3 E.H.R.L.R. 258.


Academic papers:

"The European Court's Abortion Jurisprudence: Which Judges, Which Rights?", to be presented at The Development of Abortion Rights in a Changing Europe, University of Cambridge, 28 September 2018.

"Lady Justices on the Court of Appeal and the Propensity to Dissent", presented at the HRC Expert Seminar on Gender and the Judiciary, University of Ghent on 27 April 2018.

"Quantification of judicial decision-making in the USA and the rest of the world", presented at the BACL Postgraduate Workshop on Comparative Law, University of Cambridge on 16-17 April 2018.


Contributions to blogs and online media:

L Graham, "Tariq v United Kingdom: Closed Material Procedures Green-Lit by European Court" (Strasbourg Observers, 8 May 2018)

L Graham, “Haralambous: The Supreme Court, Closed Proceedings and the Common Law, Round Three” (OxHRH Blog, 25 January 2018)

L Graham, “The European Court of Human Rights and the Emerging Right to Health” (OxHRH Blog, 11 May 2017)

L Graham, “Ahmed v United Kingdom: European Court of Human Rights still skirting around jury bias” (OxHRH Blog, 25 October 2016)