Dr Lynsey Mitchell is an early career researcher and lecturer in law.
Dr Mitchell's research interests straddle human rights law, women’s rights, feminist legal theory, and international law. Her research offers analyses of conflict grounded in critical theory, exploring the correlation of human rights discourse with justifications for military intervention, and is underpinned by feminist critical approaches, drawing on postmodern and post-colonial theory. She is involved in individual and collaborative projects that will contribute to feminist understandings of conflict and the use of force in international law through exploring the ‘dark side’ of human rights discourse which contributes to the framing of conflict. She is interested in the construction of conflict in public consciousness and explores how this can impact on the application of international law on use of force. She is currently researching the narrative construction of the actors in the Syrian conflict. Her work on reading narratives of war through fairy tales has been published in the Liverpool Law Review and her recent article published in Law and Humanities explores the narrativisation of war by tracing parallels with international law and Game of Thrones.
Lynsey welcomes applications from perspective PhD candidates in the area of women’s rights, international law and the use of force, critical approaches to human rights, and feminist legal theory in general.
Dr Mitchell teaches a variety of public law subjects; EU Law and International Human Rights Law. She also teaches on the law of evidence module. Lynsey has previously taught International Human Rights Law and Legal theory at the University of Strathclyde and Leeds Beckett University.
Dr Mitchell's research interests straddle human rights law, women’s rights, feminist legal theory, and international law.
She welcomes applications from perspective PhD or MPhil candidates in the area of women’s rights, international law and the use of force, critical approaches to human rights, and feminist legal theory in general.
Her PhD was awarded without correction in 2016 by the University of Strathclyde. It focussed on the military intervention in Afghanistan, arguing that this was illegal, but came to be legitimated in public discourse through the deployment of a gendered heroic narrative. It highlighted the danger of subscribing to such a narrative and questioned why academic commentators were complicit in such action that ultimately harmed women and devalued international legal norms.
She also holds an LLM in International Law from the University of Glasgow and an LLB (hons) in Law from the University of Strathclyde. She has completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.