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Elizabeth STOKES

Senior Lecturer

Business and Law

Elizabeth Stokes is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law. She is module leader for criminal law and also teaches human rights law on the undergraduate LLB programmes. Her research interests are in the area of mental health, domestic human rights law and criminal justice.

    Elizabeth joined UEL in 1995 from postgraduate studies in Criminology at the University of Cambridge to contribute to the teaching and development of criminal law, criminal justice and criminology modules across the law curriculum. She was instrumental in the introduction of the BA Criminology & Criminal Justice degree in 1997 and co-ordinated this subject area within the School of Law from 2000-2003. Elizabeth is module leader for the criminology option CR6011 Mentally Disordered Suspects, Defendants and Offenders.

    Her first degree is in law (Jurisprudence) from the University of Oxford. Elizabeth has been responsible for the design and delivery of a wide range of LLB modules, primarily in the area of public law and criminal justice. She has a long standing commitment to promoting interdisciplinary learning, along with a particular interest in the skills and module design necessary to teach law and the value of legal education to non-law students and to people from diverse educational backgrounds. This stems from her own experience as a ‘target schools’ and first generation entrant to university.

    After a two year secondment to the Open University, Faculty of Health and Social Care in 2005 where she was responsible for developing legal materials for health, social work and youth justice practitioners, including for the innovative Open Learn platform, Elizabeth returned to UEL in 2007 to programme manage and design blended learning materials for the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE). In 2011 she changed programme leadership to her current administrative role, as Combined Honours Leader for the Law two-subject degrees.


    Human rights law in the UK, metal health and criminal justice.

    Current research interests include:

    • exploring the barriers to effective practice in the teaching and learning of domestic human rights law and the challenges faced by this discipline both within the academy and in the wider policy context
    • closing the attainment gap: stereotype threat and language skills as a core competency in criminal law


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    Selected Publications:

    Human Rights:

    Stokes, E. (2015) ‘HRA Watch: Reform, Repeal, Replace? Prisoners’ Rights in Context: What Future under a British Bill of Rights?’ UK Const. L. Blog (20th Jul 2015) (available at )

    Stokes, E (2012) “Nuts, Sluts and Perverts: Conflicts and Challenges in the Domestication of Human Rights Law”. Centre for Human Rights in Conflict Seminar Series, UEL.

    Health & Social Care Law materials:

    Open Learn (MOOC) course:

    Stokes, E. (2007) K207 The Law and Social Work in Scotland, Block 1 'The Law and Social Work: An Introduction'. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

    Stokes, E. (2007) K207 The Law and Social Work in Scotland, Block 3 'Criminal Justice'. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

    Roche, J and Stokes, E. (2007) K207 The Law and Social Work in Scotland, Block 5 'Housing, Welfare Rights, Asylum & Immigration'. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

    Balneaves, N. & Stokes, E. (2007) K207 The Law and Social Work in Scotland, Audio CD. Milton Keynes: The Open University.





    Criminal law (module leader)

    Public law

    Human Rights law

    Mental Health & Criminal Justice