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Dr Yvette Russell

Dr Yvette Russell

Dr Yvette Russell
BA(Auck.), LLB(Auck.), LLM(NYU), PhD(Kent)

Senior Lecturer in Law and Feminist Theory

Office 3.60
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5324


Key research areas: Continental philosophy, feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis, race and decolonisation, criminal justice and criminal law, sexual offences.

My research is interdisciplinary and combines study in the law and humanities.  I am a specialist in continental feminist philosophy and write mainly about sexual violence and the criminal law in England and Wales.  My current research looks at how we can productively theorise the end of sexual violence, with reference to feminist philosophy and indigenous feminisms, and argues that we must situate resistance to sexual violence within a context of revolutionary decolonial politics.  I am interested in working with PhD candidates who have particular interests in interdisciplinary theoretical work.


Prior to joining Bristol Law School in September 2014, Yvette Russell worked for three years as a government adviser in New Zealand on child and youth justice issues, was a teaching fellow at the University of Reading from 2011 to 2012 and was a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast from 2012 to 2014.  She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2006 and is the Academic Editor of the international law journal Feminist Legal Studies.  Dr Russell was the recipient in 2017 of the Penny Pether Law and Language Scholarship Award for her article "Woman’s voice/law’s logos: The rape trial and the limits of liberal reform." Australian Feminist Law Journal 42.2 (2016): 273-296.

Following Yvette on twitter: @yvetterusse11




Criminal Law

Sex, Gender and Law (unit coordinator)

Law and Race (unit coordinator)



Social and Legal Theory

Gender, Sexuality and Law (unit director)

Criminal Law



  • feminist theory
  • queer theory
  • poststructuralist philosophy
  • critical legal studies
  • race and criminal justice
  • criminal law
  • sexual offences.

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