Loveday Hodson

Loveday Hodson

Associate Professor

Telephone: +44 (0)116 233 1374

Personal details

LLB (Warwick), LLM (London), PhD (Warwick), MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Leicester), Barrister-at-Law, PGCert (Warwick).

For the past few years I have taught on the International Law undergraduate module, as well as the Feminist Perspectives on International Law and Legal Responses to Global Injustice postgraduate modules. During my time at Leicester I have also contributed to teaching on the following modules: Constitutional and Administrative Law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Introduction to Law, Analysing Law, the European Convention on Human Rights and Current Trends in International Law.


My research interests are in international human rights law, gender and sexuality. I have published a number of academic articles and NGO reports in this area. Together with Troy Lavers I am currently co-ordinating the Feminist International Judgments Project, which will be published by Hart in August 2019 (Feminist Judgments in International Law). My research interests also include human rights and social movements. In 2011 I published a book with Hart, NGOs and the Struggle for Human Rights in Europe.

I am a member of the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies. For a number of years I was convenor of the European Society of International Law’s interest group on Feminism and International Law.


  • Hodson, L. (2019). ‘Sexual orientation and the European Convention on Human Rights: What of the “L” in LGBT?’ (forthcoming 2019) Journal of Lesbian Studies
  • Hodson, L., & Lavers, J. T., eds, (August 2019). Feminist Judgments in International Law. Hart Publishing.
  • Hodson, L., Johnson, P., Gonzalez Salzberg, D., & Bengtson, S. (August 2019). ‘Goodwin v the United Kingdom’. In Feminist Judgments in International Law. Hart Publishing.
  • Gonzalez-Salzberg, D. A., & Hodson, L., eds, (July 2019). Research Methods for International Human Rights Law: Beyond the Traditional Paradigm. Routledge.
  • Hodson, L. (2019). ‘A feminist approach to Alyne da Silva Pimentel Teixeira (deceased) v Brazil’. In Research Methods for International Human Rights Law: Beyond the Traditional Paradigm. Routledge.
  • Hodson, L. C. (2019). ‘Mermaids and Utopias: The High Seas as Feminist Space?’. In I. Papanicolopulu, ed, Gender and the Law of the Sea. Brill.
  • Hodson, L. C. (2018). ‘Collaboration as Feminist Methodology: Experiences from the Feminist International Judgments Project’. 8(9) Oñati Socio-Legal Series 1224.
  • Hodson, L. C. (2017). ‘Queering the Terrain: Lesbian Identity and Rights in International Law’. feminists@law, 7(1).  Open access version
  • Ziegler, K. S., Wicks, E., & Hodson, L. (2015). The UK and European Human Rights – A Strained Relationship?. Hart Publishing.  Open access version (Conclusion)
  • Hodson, L. (2014). Women's Rights and the Periphery: CEDAW's Optional Protocol. European Journal of International Law. 25(2) European Journal of International Law 561.  Open access version,
  • Hodson, L. (2014). Activists and Lawyers in the ECtHR: The Struggle for Gay Rights. In D. Anagnostou, ed., Rights in Pursuit of Social Change: Legal Mobilisation in the Multi-level European System. Hart Publishing.
  • Hodson, L.  (2013). Activating the Law: Exploring NGOs' Legal Responses to Gross Human Rights Violations. In M. R. Madsen, & G. Verschraegen, eds., Making Human Rights Intelligible: Towards a Sociology of Human Rights. Hart Publishing.
  • Hodson, L. (2012). Ties that Bind: Towards a Child-Centred Approach to Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Families Under the ECHR. The International Journal of Children's Rights, 20(4), 501-522.
  • Hodson, L. (2012). States of Impunity: The Role of NGOs in Addressing Gross and Systematic Violations of the ECHR. In C. Santos, ed., Mobilização Transnacional do Direito: Portugal e o Tribunal Europeu dos Direitos Humanos [Transnational Legal Mobilization of Human Rights: Portugal and the European Court of Human Rights]. Almedina Press.
  • Hodson, L. (2011). A marriage by any other name? Schalk and Kopf v Austria. Human Rights Law Review, 11(1), 170-179.
  • Hodson, L. (2010). NGOs and the struggle for human rights in Europe. Hart Publishing.
  • Derbyshire H. and Hodson L. ‘Human Rights and Verbatim Theatre’, 2(2) Law and Humanities (2008) 191-211.
  • Hodson L. The Rights of Children Raised in Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender Families: A European Perspective (October 2008, ILGA-Europe Report).
  • Hodson L. Different Families, Same Rights?: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families under International Human Rights Law (March 2008, ILGA-Europe).
  • Hodson L. ‘Family Values: The Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships in International Law’, (2004) Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Vol. 22(1), 33-57.  Open access version
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