Dr Lynsey Mitchell is an early career researcher and lecturer in law.
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.
Her 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.
She 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.
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.
Law of Evidence
Contribution to Scottish Law Commission Consultation on 10th Programme of Law Reform: CEDAW
In collaboration with Dr Elaine Webster and the Strathclyde Centre for Human Rights Law and Policy, I contributed a response to the Scottish Law Commission’s consultation on law reform. This was based on our report outlining ‘The Legal Framework Addressing Violence Against Women in Scotland and the Influence of CEDAW’ and recommended that the Scottish Government legislate to give effect to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (2017).
Contribution to UN Special rapporteur’s consultation on violence against women
As a member of the Strathclyde Centre for Human Rights Law, I was invited to contribute submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur’s call for responses on a Global Treaty on Violence against Women and Girls. (2016).