Dr Lieve Gies

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Associate Professor

Contact details

Room number: 2.11 Astley Clarke Building, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH
Tel: 0116 252 3869
E-mail: lg149@le.ac.uk

Personal details

Licentiate in Communication (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium); Candidate in Law, graduate conversion (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium); MSocSc in Cultural Studies (Birmingham University), PhD in Law (Keele University), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I was previously a Lecturer in Law at Brunel University and a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Law at Keele University. I joined the Department of Media and Communication in 2011.

My past and present professional activities include:

  • Research Impact Officer
  • Programme Director MSc Social Science Research
  • Equality and Diversity Officer
  • Undergraduate Tutor
  • Judge at the International Rounds of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition organized by Oxford University
  • Member of the outer editorial board of Celebrity Studies journal
  • Peer reviewer for the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Israel Science Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the Research Foundation Flanders, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Marie Curie Fellowship scheme.
  • Reviewer of journal manuscripts including Australian Journal of Political Science; Celebrity StudiesContinuum; Crime, Media, Culture; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Feminist Media Studies; Gender, Work and OrganizationLaw and Humanities; Law and Policy; Social Semiotics
  • Reviewer of book proposals and manuscripts for publishers including Ashgate, Oxford University Press and Routledge and Palgrave
  • Co-ordinator of the Law and Culture research cluster at the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality (2005-2009)

I am currently Deputy Research Director in the School. I am also a member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Law and Internationalisation (CELI).


My research is highly interdisciplinary, straddling media and cultural studies, socio-legal studies and criminology. In recent years, I have conducted extensive research into media representations of human rights law. In 2018, I was appointed by the Council of Europe as an expert on the Judicial Reform Project in Georgia with a focus on relations between the media and the judiciary.

I am completing a series of publications resulting from a study of news coverage of human rights law in European countries, which was funded by the Leverhulme Trust. With Prof Bayliss (Genetics) and Dr Manish Pareek (Respiratory Sciences), I was recently awarded an ESRC research grant to research COVID-19 vaccine uptake among university students against the backdrop of students’ wider pandemic experiences. Prior to this project, I conducted a pilot study into Chinese students’ perceptions of freedom and human rights during the first national COVID lockdown in the UK.

My other research interests include media ethics, media law and media and crime.

ResearchGate profile


Research monographs:

Mediating Human Rights: Media, Culture and Human Rights Law (Routledge, 2014).

Law and the Media: The Future of an Uneasy Relationship (Routledge-Cavendish, 2008).

Edited collection:

(With M. Bortoluzzi and foreword by Y. Jewkes) Transmedia Crime Stories: The Trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the Globalised Media Sphere (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Selected journal articles:

‘A Celtic rebellion?: Newspaper coverage of the UK’s Human Rights Act in the devolved nations, National Identities (forthcoming).

'Charity Fundraising and the Ethics of Voice: Cancer Survivors’ Perspectives on Macmillan Cancer Support’s “Brave the Shave” Campaign', Journal of Media Ethics (2021). https://doi.org/10.1080/23736992.2021.1898963

‘Miscarriages of Justice in the Age of Social Media: The Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Innocence Campaign’, British Journal of Criminology (2017) vol. 57 (3): 723-740.

(With M. Bortoluzzi) ‘Purity and contamination in online popular forensics: amateur-expert readings of the Meredith Kercher murder case’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies (2014) vol 28 (4): 532-544.

‘‘The Burqa is Just Like a Maxi Dress’: A Muslim Adolescent Perspective on Human Rights’, Journal of Human Rights Practice (2013) vol. 5 (1): 125-152.

‘A Villains’ Charter?: The Press and The Human Rights Act’, Crime, Media, Culture (2011) vol. 7 (2): 1-17. [Reprinted in translation in Comunicação e Cultura (2012) vol. 14. (autumn/winter): 57-84].

‘Stars Behaving Badly: Inequality and Transgression in Celebrity Culture’, Feminist Media Studies (2011) vol. 11 (3): 347-361.

‘The Empire Strikes Back: Press Judges and Communication Advisers in Dutch Courts’, Journal of Law and Society (2005) vol. 32 (3), 450-472.

‘Contesting the Rule of Emotions?: The Press and Enforced Caesareans’, Social and Legal Studies (2000) vol. 9 (4), 515-538.

Selected book chapters:

‘Let’s Put Human Rights Right’: (Counter) Narratives about Human Rights in the UK Popular Press’, in M. Althoff, B. Dollinger and H. Schmidt (eds.) Conflicting Narratives of Crime and Punishment (Palgrave, 2020), pp 183-199.

‘Human Rights Modes and Media’, in C. Parikh (eds) Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp 88-99.

‘British human rights scepticism through the lens of European newspapers’, in M. Farrell, E. Drywood and E. Hughes (eds.) Human Rights in the Media: Fear and Fetish (Routledge, 2019), pp. 78-97.

‘A Uniquely British Debate? The Relative Invisibility of the European Convention in the European Press’, in. C.-M. Smyth and R. Lang (eds) The Future of Human Rights in the UK (Cambridge Scholars, 2017), pp. 254-271.

‘Staged imagery of killing and torture: Ethical and normative dimensions of seeing’, in M. Brown and E. Carrabine (eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology (Routledge, 2017), chapter 26.


I am module convenor for:

MS1002 Studying Media and Communication

MS3041 Media, Rights and Responsibilities

I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.


I welcome PhD applications in any of my research areas.


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