Stephen Riley

Stephen Riley photographLecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7313

Personal details

LLM (Nottingham), PhD (Lancaster)

I joined Leicester Law School in 2017 having previously been a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at Utrecht University.


My principal research focus is human dignity and law.  I am particularly interested in the relationship between human dignity, legality, and institutions; my work aims to critically reconstruct the use of human dignity in international, transnational, and national public law.  I have published a monograph on human dignity and law, and I co-authored the entry on human dignity in the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.

I have also worked on sustainability, institutions and global justice, as well as on international criminal justice.

I welcome research proposals in the areas of human dignity, human rights theory, and international or transnational legal theory.

Current Teaching

I currently teach on Jurisprudence, Law and Political Theory, and Law, Justice and Society.



Articles and Chapters

  • ‘Human Rights: Desiderata of a Theory of Change’, in The Philosophy of Legal Change: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Processes (ed. Rupniewski), Routledge (forthcoming 2018).
  • (With Li Chenyang) ‘The Concept of Politics’, in China and the West: Dialogues on Human Dignity, (ed. Duwell), Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2018).
  • ‘Architectures of Intergenerational Justice: Human Dignity, International Law, and Duties to Future Generations’ 15(2) Journal of Human Rights (2016) 272-290.
  • ‘International Human Rights and Duties to Future Generations: The Role of an International Constitution’, in Human Rights and Sustainability: Moral Responsibilities for the Future, (ed. Duwell and Bos), Routledge (2016).
  • ‘Human Dignity and the Rule of Law’ 11(2) Utrecht Law Review (2015) 91-105.
  • ‘The Coherence of Human Rights’ Foundations’ 4 The Age of Human Rights (2015) 138-157.
  • ‘The Function of Dignity’ 5(2) Amsterdam Law Forum (2013) 90-106.
  • ‘The Public-Private Divide: Which Side is Criminal Justice On?’, in Values in Criminology, Polity Press (2013).
  • ‘Hegel and the Normative Foundations of Criminal Justice’ 6(1) In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies (2011) 1-15.
  • ‘Human Dignity: Comparative and Conceptual Debates’ 6(2) International Journal of Law in Context (2010) 117-138.
  • ‘Dignity as the Absence of the Bestial: A Genealogy’ 14(2) Journal for Cultural Research (2010) 143-159.
  • ‘Observing the Breach: Dignity and the Limits of Political Theology’ 19(2) Law and Critique (2008) 115-138.
  • ‘Not Being Victims Ever Again: Victimhood and Ideology’, in The Warrior’s Dishonour: Brutality and Morality in Modern Warfare, (ed. Kassimeris), Bodmin: Ashgate Publishing, 2006.
  • ‘Harm and Transgression in International Criminal Justice’, in Minding Evil: Explorations of Human Iniquity, (ed. Sönser-Breen), The Hague: Rodopi Press, 2005.

On-line Publications

  • ‘Expanding the Scope of International Criminal Law’ (January 2018): Online access.
  • ‘Private Security: Twin Indignities’ in Critical Legal Thinking (December 2017): Online access.
  • Human Dignity’ (with Gerhard Bos) in the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.
  • ‘Genocide and Truth’ in De Filosoof (January 2017): Online access.
  • ‘Case Commentary: Bouyid v Belgium’ in ECHR Blog (November 2015): Online access.


Book publication – Human Dignity and Law: Legal and Philosophical Investigations

Book publication – Human Dignity and Law: Legal and Philosophical Investigations

Posted by ab98 at May 17, 2018 11:45 AM |

Dr Stephen Riley’s publication is one of the first book-length treatments of the relationship between human dignity and law, analysing the fundamental relationships between human status, obligations, and the rule of law.

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