Stephen Riley

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

Personal details

BA (Hons) (Lancaster), LLM (Nottingham), PhD (Lancaster)

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


My research is in the philosophy of law.

I write on law and human dignity and on law and future generations.

Current Teaching

I currently teach on Jurisprudence, Law and Political Theory, and Law, Justice and Society. I run the LLM module Justice and the Future.



Articles and Chapters

  • (With Antonio Pele) ‘For a Right to Health Beyond Biopolitics: The Politics of Pandemic and the 'Politics of Life'’ Law, Culture and the Humanities February (2021)  doi:10.1177/1743872120978201.
  • ‘What Is Orientation in Dignitarian Thinking? Self, Other, Time and Space’ Law, Culture and the Humanities. December (2020) doi:10.1177/1743872120982287.
  • ‘Why is Law Necessary for Human Dignity?’ Jurisprudence 11.2 (2020): 248-258
  • ‘Human Dignity as a Sui Generis Principle’ Ratio Juris 32.4 (2019): 439-454.
  • ‘Human Rights: Desiderata of a Theory of Change’ in Maciej Chmieliński, Michał Rupniewski (eds) The Philosophy of Legal Change (Routledge 2019).
  • ‘International Human Rights and Duties to Future Generations: The Role of An International Constitution’ in Bos and Düwell (eds) Human Rights and Sustainability: Moral Responsibilities for the Future (Routledge 2016).
  • ‘Architectures of Intergenerational Justice: Human Dignity, International Law, and Duties to Future Generations’ 15(2) Journal of Human Rights (2016) 272-290.
  • ‘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.


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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