Melissa Bone

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2332

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

Melissa is a lecturer 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's research explores how the lens of human rights provides a new perspective on drug control and points towards different ways of regulating drug consumption. Melissa is the Student Engagement Lead for the student law societies, the Academic Liaison Officer for the Leicester University Law Society (LULS) and she is an Academic Advisor for the Leicester Student Law Review.


  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Criminology


  • Bone, M. (Forthcoming) 'How can human rights provide a new perspective on drug control?' (Routledge).
  • Bone, M. & 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.


Melissa's research interests are in the areas of Drug Policy and Human Rights Law. She is writing a book based on her PhD thesis; it uses a human rights perspective to change the way in which we think about drug policies. Melissa's publications centre on the religious rights of the Rastafari to consume cannabis and on the heath rights of medicinal cannabis consumers. Her current research also explores whether activist movements, specifically the cannabis social club (CSC) movement, can draw on the framework of human rights to help them achieve their regulatory goals.

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