Melissa Bone

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2332

Personal details

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 is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she is an Academic Advisor for the Leicester Student Law Review.

Melissa is writing a monograph for Routledge based on her PhD research which is entitled: 'How can human rights provide a new perspective on drug control?'  As well as having research interests in the areas of drug policy and human rights law, Melissa’s current research explores the legal landscape of cannabis social clubs throughout Europe, cannabis activism, drug taker perspectives on policy reform and the influence of storytelling in the policy making process.


  • 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 project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC))
  • ‘Mapping the cannabis social club landscape in Europe’
  • ‘Illicit cannabis cultivation in a time of policy change’ (Lead Guest editor role for a special issue in Drugs and Alcohol Today (Vol. 18 Issue: 2, 2018)
  • Current Teaching

    • Criminal Law
    • Law, Justice and Society


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