Luke Graham

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  • Lecturer in Law (Public Law & Human Rights), Law
  • Room 2.15 - Williamson Building, Univeristy of Manchester Law School

    M13 9QQ Manchester

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Personal profile


I am a Lecturer in Law (Public Law & Human Rights). I am the Course Director for Public Law and the Course Director for Human Rights. I also teach Constitutional Reform. In addition, I am Co-Social Responsibility Coordinator for the Law School. 

My research focuses on Human Rights, in particular I focus on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.


I hold a first-class honours degree from Lancaster University (2016) and won the prize for best undergraduate Law dissertation.

Following this, I continued my studies at the University of Lancaster and completed an LLM in International Human Rights Law (2017). During my LLM I worked as a Research Assistant and I co-organised an expert level knowledge exchange symposium. I graduated top of the LLM cohort with a distinction, the dissertation prize, and an award for 'outstanding contributions to the postgraduate community of the Law School'.

I was awarded Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding to undertake a PhD in Law which I commenced at Lancaster University in October 2017. Alongside working as an Associate Lecturer teaching a range of modules, I was a Research Assistant on a variety of projects,  attained Associate Fellowship of Advance HE and was an Assistant Dean in Grizedale College.

In August 2020, I submitted my thesis in less than three years passing with minor corrections, and in September 2020 commenced my first full time post as a Lecturer in Law at Coventry University. I joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Public Law and Human Rights in September 2021. In January 2022 I was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (PGCAP-HE) and I attained Fellowship of Advance HE (FHEA).

Research interests

My research centres on Human Rights. I am keenly interested in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. I explore how these rights interact with poverty and destitution. This has led to some overlap into the fields of International Criminal Law and Sustaining Peace. I am also exploring the Right to Clothing.

I have published, inter alia, in the International Journal of Human Rights, the Journal of Human Rights Practice, and my first book International Human Rights Law and Destitution: An Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Perspective (based on my PhD) was published in August 2022. In addition, I have reviewed articles for, inter alia, the Human Rights Law Review, the Nordic Journal of Human Rights, and Legal Studies. 

Units taught

In the 2022-2023 academic year, I am the Course Director for Public Law and the Course Director for Human Rights. I also teach on the Constitutional Reform Course.


I have previous experience teaching International Law, English Legal System, Legal Methods, and Legal Academic Writing Skills.

Supervision information

I am open to accepting PhD students and I would be interested in supervising PhD projects focusing on:

  • Human Rights generally
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights in the UK
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs)
  • The Right to Clothing
  • Poverty/Destitution 
  • Social Security

Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your proposed PhD project. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (PgCAPHE), Coventry University

Jan 2021Jan 2022

Award Date: 17 Jan 2022

Doctor of Philosophy, Lancaster University

1 Oct 201718 Jan 2021

Award Date: 18 Jan 2021

Master of Laws, International Human Rights Law LLM, Lancaster University

1 Oct 201630 Sep 2017

Award Date: 2 Oct 2017

Bachelor of Laws, Law LLB Hons, Lancaster University

1 Jan 20131 Jul 2016

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Areas of expertise

  • K Law (General)
  • Human Rights
  • Public Law
  • Poverty
  • Destitution
  • Clothing

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures


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