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Professor Lois Bibbings

Professor Lois Bibbings

Professor Lois Bibbings
LL.B., M.Phil.(Wales), FHEA

Professor of Law, Gender and History

Area of research

Law, Gender and History

Office 6.75
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5328


Gendered Violence, Crime, Men, First World War, Conscientious Objection, Applied Ethics.

Current research focuses upon the First World War and Edwardian period.


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, medical law and ethics ('conscience', 'care', care and older people, abortion, gender) 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 is currently helping put together an AHRC funded national WW1 festival for 2019 (watch this space).


Current projects:

She has recently 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’. This is part of a wider project on 'conscience'.

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.

She is also coordinating a project on the campaign for female suffrage with her colleague in the Law School, Gwen Seabourne.

From 2012-16 she headed the Legal Practice, Criminal, Family and Medical Law Primary Unit within the Law School, which is comprised of 18 staff working in these areas.

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 Justice, Gender and the Law, and Socio-Legal Methods in the Law School. She also undertakes law and ethics teaching for the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and contributes to the BSc in Childhood Studies in the School for Policy Studies. At present she supervises doctoral students working on gender, sexuality and lawyering - and welcomes inquiries from students hoping to research in her areas of expertise.

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.

In addition, World War 1 engagement projects and collaborations continue.





Professor Bibbings teaches in the fields of:

Criminal Justice and Criminal Law, Gender Sexuality and the Law and Socio-legal Studies. 

She has supervised doctoral students in the areas of: social policy, criminology; criminal law; medicine and ethics; jurisprudence; socio-legal studies; gender and law. In particular, doctoral projects have examined the gendered construction of serial killers; gender, family and policy; feminist legal theory; lawyering; care ethics; sexual violence.

She welcomes applications from prospective doctoral students in the areas of her research, especially in the fields of WW1 studies; war resistance; militarism and violence; men/masculinities and (non) violence; conscience and conscientious objection. 

Selected publications

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