Kimberley Brayson

Associate Professor
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2343

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PhD (Queen Mary), European Academy of Legal Theory (Brussels), LLB (Kent), Fellow HEA

I joined Leicester law School in 2020 and prior to that was Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Sussex Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Sussex. I completed my Ph.D at Queen Mary, University of London (2014) and have a bilingual masters in Legal Theory from the European Academy of Legal Theory, Brussels (magna cum laude) with a semester spent at the EUI, Florence (2006). I completed my undergraduate degree in English Law and German Law at the University of Kent with a year spent at the Phillips Universität, Marburg, Germany (2005).

I was a Legal Researcher at the College of Europe, Bruges, (2007-2008) and I was Research Fellow on an EU Framework 6 project entitled Juristras (2008-2009) based at the University of Sussex.


  • Critical theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Legal theory
  • Philosophy and jurisprudence
  • Comparative law
  • Law and literature
  • Decolonisation
  • Race and gender
  • Class
  • Human rights
  • Islamic dress
  • Alternative pedagogies

My research is interdisciplinary in nature and draws on diverse theoretical approaches to interrogate complex legal/material realities. I am currently working on: A monograph entitled Law and Islamic Dress: Rights and Fascism in Europe (Hart, Human Rights Law in Perspective) Editing a Special Issue of the Journal of Gender Studies: Islamophobia, Islamic Dress and Precarious Bodies I welcome PhD proposals in any of the above research areas and in particular those adopting a theoretical approach to law.



  • Law, Justice and Society
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law


  • Feminist Perspectives in International Law


  • Kimberley Brayson (2019) ‘Positivism and the Peace/Power Dialectic: Feminist Reflections in a Transnational Age’ in Legal Positivism in a Global and Transnational Age Siliquini-Cinelli. Luca (Ed)(Springer Law and Philosophy 2019) pp 215-252, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-24705-8.
  • Kimberley Brayson (2019) Of bodies and burkinis: institutional Islamophobia, Islamic dress and the colonial condition. Sociology Lens [weblog article, 12 August 2019]. Sociology Lens.
  • Kimberley Brayson (2019) ‘Of Bodies and Burkinis: Institutional Islamophobia, Islamic Dress and the Colonial Condition’, (2019) Journal of Law and Society 46:1 55-82 (free access)  doi:10.1111/jols.12142
  • Kimberley Brayson (2018) From solidarity to precarity: thinking equality post-Brexit. The UK in a Changing Europe [Weblog article, 15 May 2018].
  • Kimberley Brayson (2017) ‘Securing the future of the European Court of Human Rights in the face of UK opposition: political compromise and restricted rights’. International Human Rights Law Review, 6 (1). pp. 53-85. ISSN 2213-102. doi:10.1163/22131035-00601001
  • Viera Pejchal and Kimberley Brayson (2016) ‘How should we legislate against hate speech? Finding an international model in a globalized world’ In: Schweppe, Jennifer and Walters, Mark Austin (eds.) The globalization of hate: internationalizing hate crime? Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198785668, Publishers webpage
  • Kimberley Brayson and Gabriel Swain (2013) ‘The European court of human rights and minorities in the UK: catalyst for change or hollow rhetoric?’ In: Anagnostou, Dia (ed.) The European Court of Human Rights : implementing Strasbourg's judgments on domestic policy. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 188-210. ISBN 9780748670574,  doi:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748670574.003.0009
  • Kimberley Brayson (2011) ‘Who needs enemies when you've got friends? Gender, culture and human rights: reclaiming universalism by Siobhan Mullally. A book review & beyond.’ In: Kilic, Burcu and Mimler, Marc D (eds.) Standing on the shoulders of giants: legal research excellence and knowledge sharing at Queen Mary, University of London. Queen Mary, University of London, London, pp. 43-51. Online access
  • Kimberley Brayson and Susan Millns, (2010) ‘Gendered rights on the European stage: do marginalized groups find a 'voice' in the European Court of Human Rights?’ European Public Law, 16 (3). pp. 437-454. ISSN 1354-372

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