Luke Graham


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

    M13 9QQ Manchester

Accepting PhD Students

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  Constitutional Reform.

My research focuses on Human Rights, in particular I focus on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the socio-economic dimensions of Civil and Political Rights.

I am currently the Workload Allocation Model (WAM) Coordinator for Law (Jul 2024-Present).


Between 2013 and 2016 I studied for an undergraduate Law degree at Lancaster University. I graduated with a first-class honours degree and the prize for best undergraduate law dissertation.

Between 2016 and 2017, I remained at Lancaster University to undertake a LLM in International Human Rights Law. During my LLM I worked as a Research Assistant, an Administrative Assistant on the ‘Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Sustaining Peace Project’, 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'.

In October 2017 I remained at Lancaster University and began my Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded PhD in Law. I submitted my PhD, titled ‘Destitution as a denial of economic, social and cultural rights: Addressing destitution in the UK through a human rights framework’, in August 2020 and this was awarded with minor corrections. During my PhD I worked as an Associate Lecturer teaching a range of modules, was a Research Assistant on several projects, attained Associate Fellowship of Advance HE, and was an Assistant Dean in Grizedale College.

My first academic appointment was a Lectureship in Law at Coventry University between September 2020 and September 2021.

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).

Previously I have served as

  • 2022-2024: Business Engagement Lead for School of Social Sciences (Jun 2023 – Jul 2024) (Acting Apr 2023-Jun 2024) (Deputy Oct 2022-April 2023)
  • 2022-2023 Social Responsibility Lead for Law.
  • 2021-2023 Social Media Officer for Law.
  • 2021-2022 Year One Tutor for Law LLB.

Research interests

My research centres on Human Rights. I am keenly interested in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the socio-economic dimensions of Civil and Political Rights. I explore how these rights interact with poverty and destitution. I am also exploring the Right to Clothing.

Units taught

I am the Course Director for Public Law and the Course Director for  Constitutional Reform.

I have previous experience teaching Human Rights Law, 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
  • Public Law 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. 

I am currently supervising the below projects:

  • Chuxi Zhang State Integration (Sep 22-Present)
  • Megan Eames How many clothes are enough? – The right to adequate clothing (EPSRC) (Jan 23-Present)
  • Samara Sharaf Reimagining Global Constitutionalism: Can a Transformative Constitution Better The International Legal Order? (AHRC) (Sep 23-Present)

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 4 - Quality Education
  • 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 Sept 2017

Award Date: 2 Oct 2017

Bachelor of Laws, Law LLB Hons, Lancaster University

1 Jan 20131 Jul 2016

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, University of Hamburg

Sept 2023 → …

External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire

Jan 2023 → …

Areas of expertise

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

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures


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