Alexander Maine

Alexander Maine photographLecturer
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Personal details

LLB (Hons) (Newcastle), PhD (Northumbria)

I joined Leicester Law School in November 2019 and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; before which I was an Associate Lecturer and PhD Candidate at Northumbria University. My socio-legal research focuses on Family Law and Gender, Sexuality and Law, in particular relationship recognition, same-sex marriage, civil partnerships, and the effect of law on the lived experiences of LGBTQ people. My PhD is entitled Same-Sex Marriage and the Sexual Hierarchy: Constructing the Homonormative and Homoradical Legal Identities and I am co-editor the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality, and the Law.

I am currently co-chair of the University LGBT+ Equality Action Group.


  • Family Law
  • Gender, Sexuality, and the Law
  • Queer Legal Theory and Relationship Recognition
  • Law and Literature


  • Family Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Law, Justice and Society



Book chapters

  • Ashford C, Maine A, Zago G, ‘Normative Behaviour, Moral Boundaries, and the State’ in Ashford C and Maine A (eds), Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and Law (Edward Elgar, 2020) 409
  • Maine A, ‘The Hierarchy of Marriage and Civil Partnerships: Diversifying Relationship Recognition’ in Hamilton F and Noto La Diega G (eds) Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change (Routledge, 2020) 209


  • Maine A, Queer(y)ing Consummation: An Empirical Reflection on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 and the role of Consummation [2021] CFLQ 143re
  • Maine A, ‘Bareback Sex, PrEP, National AIDS Trust v NHS England and the Reality of Gay Sex’ (2019) 23(8) Sexualities 1362–1377.
  • Maine A, ‘Pet Lamb and Clothed Hyena: Law as an Oppressive Force in Jane Eyre’ (2019) 1(1) Student Journal of Professional Practice and Academic Research 9
  • Maine A, 'The Theatre as a Suitable Place for Jurisprudential Reflection' (2016) 4 North East Law Review 12


  • Student Law Office, Policy Clinic, Northumbria University, Law School, ‘What procedural and/or legal issues may prevent victims of domestic abuse from successfully obtaining an enforceable Family Court order to protect them from future abuse?’ Research report for Northumbria University and the Office for Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, August 2019

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