Peter Cumper

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2653

Personal details

LLB (Queens), LLM (Essex)

My research is in the field of Public Law, focussing on Human Rights law generally, and the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion in particular. My work has been published in a wide range of law journals and I contribute to the authoritative textbook Harris, O'Boyle, and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights. I have appeared as an expert witness before the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

In 2015 I was the co-recipient of an AHRC award on collective worship in schools, out of which a report and a book on collective worship in UK schools was published.

In 2006, I was awarded a University of Leicester Teaching Fellowship, ‘in recognition of teaching excellence’. I am a Fellow of the HEA, a member of the ILT, and have been voted Lecturer of the Year by 1st year LLB students every year since 2008.

I am currently responsible for Leicester Law School’s links with colleges in Malaysia, module convenor for a number of subjects, and co-chair of the Law School’s Athena Swan working group.

I have taught Law at universities in the United States, Italy and Hong Kong, and have undertaken research as an academic visitor at the Universities of Minnesota (USA) and Malaya (Malaysia). Prior to joining Leicester Law School, I held Lectureships at Hull University and Nottingham Trent University.


  • European Human Rights Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Constitutional law
  • Law and religion
  • Freedom of expression

PhD supervision

  • The End of Life, Islam and the Law, Kulsum Patel
  • A conceptual analysis of ‘Freedom of Expression’: An inquiry into vagueness, Dan Weston


  • Cumper P, Lewis T, ‘Blanket bans, subsidiarity and the procedural turn of the European Court of Human Rights’ (2019) ICLQ 68, 611-638. Open access version
  • Cumper P, Lewis T, ‘Human Rights and Religious Litigation - Faith in the Law?’ (2019) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 8, 121-150.  Open access version,
  • Cumper P, Lewis T (2018) Empathy and Human Rights: The Case of Religious Dress. Human Rights Law Review, 18 (1), pp. 61-87.
  • Cumper P, ‘Freedom of Religion and Belief’, in Harris et al, Law of the European Convention on Human Rights, (OUP, 4th edn, 2018), chapter 13, 571-591.
  • Cumper P, Mawwhinney A, Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools (Religion, Education and Values) (Peter Lang, 2018).
  • Cumper P, ‘Blasphemy, freedom of expression and the protection of religious sensibilities in 21st century Europe’, in Koltay A and Temperman J (eds) Blasphemy and freedom of expression after the Charlie Hebdo massacre (Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp.137-166.
  • Cumper P, ‘Freedom of religion and human rights laws - awkward bedfellows’, in  Van den Brink M, Burri S and Goldschmidt J, Equality and human rights: nothing but trouble? (SIM, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, 2015) pp.283-304.
  • Cumper P, The reasonable accommodation of conservative religious beliefs and the protection of LGBT rights at the workplace’, in Foblets M-C, Alidadi K, Nielsen J, and Yanasmayan Z, Belief, Law and Politics (Ashgate, 2014) 145-156.
  • Cumper P, ‘Multiculturalism, human rights and the accommodation of sharia law’ (2014) Human Rights Law Review, 14, 31-57.

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