Melissa Bone

Associate Professor
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2332

Personal details

LLB (EU) (University of Leicester), MSc (University of Leicester), PhD (University of Manchester)

Melissa is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester having joined the Law School in 2015. Melissa obtained her PhD at the University of Manchester and her PhD research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Melissa is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Academic Advisor for the Leicester Student Law Review and a Co-ordinator for the Reel Law initiative.

Melissa has written a monograph for Routledge based on her PhD research which is entitled: Human rights and drug control: A new perspective. As well as having research interests in the areas of drug policy and human rights law, Melissa’s current research explores the values and opinions of people who use drugs on policy reform, the legal landscape of cannabis social clubs throughout Europe, cannabis activism and medical cannabis laws in the UK. Melissa also contributes to the development of drug policy through her input as a member of the Policy Advisory Council for the Conservative Group for Drug Policy Reform. Melissa is also a member of the Criminal Law Reform Now Network (CLRNN) which facilitates collaborations between academics and legal experts aiming to improve the criminal law. She is the co-lead for a CLRNN drugs regulation project commencing in the summer of 2021.


  • Drug policy
  • Human rights
  • Criminal law
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice

Current Research Projects

  • ‘Does UK drug policy require reform? Engaging drug takers into the debate’ (This £300,000 project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ref: ES/R007225/1)) See for more detail.
  • ‘Mapping the cannabis social club landscape in Europe’

Current Teaching

  • Criminal Law
  • Law, Justice and Society (module co-convenor)


  • Bone, M. and Potter, G. (Forthcoming) ‘Medical Cannabis in the UK: the (false) dawn of a new era?’ in J. Meisel and D. Corva (Eds) The Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Cannabis Research. Routledge.
  • Pardal, M. Bone, M. Decorte, T. et al. Hidden and uninterested populations: Methodological insights and unresolved issues from the study of Cannabis Social Clubs. Methodological Innovations. September 2020. doi:10.1177/2059799120976963
  • Pardal, M. Decorte, T. Bone, M. Parés, Ò. Johansson, J., (2020) ‘Mapping Cannabis Social Clubs in Europe’ The European Journal of Criminology. July 2020. doi:10.1177/1477370820941392
  • Bone, M. (2020) Human rights and drug control: A new perspective. (Oxon: Routledge).
  • Askew, R. and Bone, M. (2019) ‘Deconstructing prohibitionist ideology: A sociocognitive approach to understand opinions on UK drug policy and the law’ International journal of drug policy, 74: 33-40. Available online  doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.08.001
  • Bone, M. and de Hoedt, G. (2018) ‘Being the change: charting Greg de Hoedt’s cannabis journey’ Drugs and Alcohol Today, 18(2): 126-136, Available online doi:10.1108/DAT-01-2018-0001
  • Bone, M. Potter, G. and Klein, A. (2018) ‘Introduction: cultivation, medication, activism and cannabis policy’ Drugs and Alcohol Today, 18(2): 73-79, Available online doi:10.1108/DAT-03-2018-0014
  • Bone, M. and Seddon, T. (2016) ‘Human Rights, Public Health and Medicinal Cannabis Use’ Critical Public Health, 26(1): 51–61. Available online doi:10.1080/09581596.2015.1038218
  • Bone, M. (2014) ‘Is the medicinal consumption of cannabis effectively regulated from a human rights perspective?’ in M. Bone, Ping Y. and Mungroo P. (Eds) Cannabis Regulation: The World is Moving Forward What is Stopping Us? (London: House of Lords),
  • Bone, M. (2014) ‘From the Sacrilegious to the Sacramental: A Global Review of Rastafari Cannabis Case Law’ in Labate, Beatriz, C. & Cavnar, Clancy (Eds) Prohibition, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: Regulating Traditional Drug Use. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.

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