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Professor Lois Bibbings


Professor Lois Bibbings is based in the Law School and is also a member of staff in the School of Social and Community Medicine (Centre for Ethics in Medicine) at the University of Bristol. She studied at Cardiff University as an undergraduate and postgraduate. Previously she worked at Cardiff and Liverpool Universities.

Much of her research focuses upon Law, Gender and History. She has written about violence, sexuality, and the body as well as widening participation policy.

An interest in men, masculinities and history is reflected in her work on conscientious objectors to military service. This was the subject of her first monograph Telling Tales About Men: Conceptions of Conscientious Objectors to Military Service During the First World War. Her second monograph, Binding Men: Stories about Violence and Law in Late Victorian England focuses upon five late nineteenth century legal cases involving different forms of male violence (child abuse, prize fighting, murder and cannibalism, sexual assault and 'wife torture'). 

For the last few years most of her time has been spent studying, speaking and writing about the First World War. She is one of the curators of the 'Refusing to Kill: Bristol's World War 1 Conscientious Objectors' exhibition (moving to Bristol Records Office in summer 2018) and a member of Remembering the Real WW1 ( Her WW1 work has also included TV, film, theatre, puppet and music collaborations. She also lead an AHRC funded national WW1 festival in April 2019.


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She has conducted an experimental study of 'conscience', examining legal and ethical notions of the concept but also comparing them with what people mean when they talk about ‘conscience’. She has also written about pardoning and zemiology, Bristol conscientious objectors in the First World War and is currently focusing on war resistance 1914-18. Her interest in court cases and, in particular, criminal trials is reflected in explorarory work on R v Penguin Books Ltd (the so-called 'trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover').

Her next book will examine the campaign to pardon soldiers executed during WW1 (the Shot At Dawn Campaign), focusing on social movements, pardoning and miscarriages of justice.

Lois is the Law School's Director of Widening Participation. The latter means that, as well as designing and overseeing Law School outreach activities, she spends part of her time working with local school pupils and college students in projects run with the University's Widening Participation and Student Recruitment Office.

Current teaching interests include Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Gender and the Law, and Socio-Legal Methods in the Law School. Lois also contributes to the BSc in Childhood Studies in the School for Policy Studies. She has supervises doctoral students working on gender, sexuality and lawyering - and welcomes inquiries from students hoping to research in her areas of expertise, including historical research on WW1 or Victorian crime..

She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Law and Society, on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Gender-Based Violence, a member of the ESRC and AHRC Peer Review Colleges and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.