Charlotte Walsh

Charlotte Walsh

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2356

Personal details

LLB (Manchester), MPhil (Manchester)

I completed both my undergraduate degree and MPhil in law at Manchester University. I then took up my present position as law lecturer within the Law School at Leicester. I'm Year Tutor for all Joint Degree students in the Law School, the Programme Director for the Law with Criminology degree programme, and a member of the Admissions Team.

Research Interests

Criminological issues in general, with a particular focus upon drug policy, approached from a liberal, human rights informed perspective. In particular, I’m interested in the conflict between the prohibitive drug laws and the rights to freedom of religion, to cognitive liberty, to autonomy, with a particular focus on the plant medicines, such as ayahuasca, and in thinking about what a more progressive system might look like.


  • Criminology (Module Convenor)
  • Law, Justice and Society


  • Walsh, "Beyond Prohibition of Plant Medicines" in Labate and Cavnar (eds), Psychedelic Justice: toward a diverse and equitable psychedelic culture, Synergetic Press, 2021.
  • Walsh, C. “Psychedelics, Self-Creation, and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights: A Feminist Perspective” in Papaspyrou, Baldini and Luke (Eds), Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine: Creativity, Ecstasy, and Healing, Park Street Press, 2019, chapter 23.
  • Walsh, “Caught in the Crossfire: plant medicines and the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016” (2017) Journal of Psychedelic Studies.
  • Walsh, "Ayahuasca in the English Courts: legal entanglements with the jungle vine" in Labate, Cavnar and Gearin (eds) The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: reinventions and controversies, Routledge, 2017.
  • Walsh, "Psychedelics and Cognitive Liberty: reimagining drug policy through the prism of human rights" (2016) International Journal of Drug Policy 29: 80-87.  Open access version,
  • Walsh, "Plant Psychedelics in the English Courts: legal uncertainty, guinea pigs and 'dog law" in Ellens and Roberts (eds) The Psychedelic Policy Quagmire: health, law, freedom, and society, Praeger, 2015.  Open access version
  • Walsh, “Beyond Religious Freedom: psychedelics and cognitive liberty” in Labate, Beatriz, C. & Cavnar, Clancy (Eds) (2014). Prohibition, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: Regulating Traditional Drug Use. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer   Open access version,
  • Walsh, “Bioprediction in Youth Justice” in Singh, Sinnott-Armstrong and Savalecu (eds) Bioprediction, Biomarkers and Bad Behavior: scientific, legal and ethical challenges, Oxford University Press, 2013
  • Walsh, "Drugs, the Internet & Change" (2011) Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 43(01), 55-63.  Open access version
  • Walsh, C. "Youth Justice & Neuroscience: a dual-use dilemma" (2011) British Journal of Criminology 51: 21-39.  Open access version,
  • Walsh (2010) Drugs and human rights: private palliatives, sacramental freedoms and cognitive liberty International Journal of Human Rights, Volume 14 Issue 3, 425.  Open access version,
  • Walsh, "The Beckley Foundation's Global Cannabis Commission Report" (2009) Drugs & Alcohol Today 9(4): 8-13.
  • Walsh, C. "On the Threshold: how relevant should quantity be in determining intent to supply?" (2008) International Journal of Drug Policy 479–485.
  • Walsh, C. "The Mosquito: A Repellent Response" (2008) Youth Justice 8: 122–133.
  • Walsh, 'Magic Mushrooms: from sacred entheogen to Class A Drug' (2006) Entertainment & Sports Law, Volume 4, Number 1. Available via: lsh/
  • Walsh, C. 'Magic Mushrooms and the Law' [2005] Criminal Law Review October, 773–783.
  • Walsh, C. 'Drug Policy in Schools' in Harris, N. and Meredith, P. (eds), Children, Education and Health - International Perspectives on Law and Policy (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005), pp 59–82.
  • Walsh, C. 'Dispersal of Rights: A Critical Comment on Specified Provisions of the Anti – Social Behaviour Bill' (2003) Youth Justice. 3:2, 104–111.

Walsh, "Beyond Prohibition of Plant Medicines" in Labate and Cavnar (eds), Psychedelic Justice: toward a diverse and equitable psychedelic culture, Synergetic Press, 2021.

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