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Dr Lindsey Bell

Dr Lindsey Bell

Dr Lindsey Bell
LLB(Hons), PhD(Bristol)

Lecturer in Law

Office 3.01
8-10 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1HH
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+44 (0) 117 39 40097

Summary

Lindsey joined the Law School as a Lecturer in September 2017, after previously holding a lectureship at Royal Holloway, University of London.  Her first degree was in Law, also at Bristol, and post-PhD she worked for a time as a civil servant doing strategic policy in relation to defence and national security on Whitehall. 

Lindsey’s academic interests have an inter-disciplinary focus.  Her doctoral thesis theorised the phenomenon of trial by ordeal, drawing on legal historical and anthropological source materials.  She looked at trial by ordeal alongside other related modes of divination and irrational proof in the ancient Near East, medieval and early modern Europe and 20th century Africa to produce a conceptually coherent account of the ordeal and place it within a theoretical framework.  She also considered the practical workings of trial by ordeal, looking at issues of correctness versus closure, legitimate and illegitimate uses of magic, as well as the possibility form and effect of human manipulation of the process.   Drawing on her experience of working on such matters in the civil service, she also researches terrorism law and policy in the UK, and is particularly interested in oversight of the UK intelligence agencies and matters relating to privacy and security.

 

 

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