Dr Lindsey Bell

LLB(Hons), PhD(Bristol)

  • BS8 1HH


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Research interests

Lindsey joined the Law School as a Lecturer in September 2017, after previously holding a lectureship at Royal Holloway, University of London.  Her first degree was in Law, also at Bristol, and post-PhD she worked for a time as a civil servant doing strategic policy in relation to defence and national security on Whitehall. 

Lindsey’s research interests are highly inter-disciplinary and connected by her fascination with the relationship between law and society.  Her research at present focuses on two main areas; the first of these draws on her experience in the civil service to examine UK terrorism law and policy, including the controversial counter-radicalisation 'Prevent' strategy, terrorist finance, and oversight of the UK intelligence agencies.  Lindsey has submitted written evidence to Parliament, briefed Ministers and Lords at an APPG and has participated in roundtables and public consultations with the Home Office and HMICFRS. She has spoken at conferences in the UK, US, and Australia on this subject to both academics and practitioners.  Lindsey has published on this topic in leading journals and currently has a book, Counter-terrorism and human rights in post-9/11 Britain, under contract with CUP and co-authored with academics from Bristol and Cambridge. Lindsey welcomes the opportunity to engage with practitioners, policy-makers and think tanks with an interest in this area.

The second builds on the subject-matter of her doctoral work to explore the phenomenon of trial by ordeal from its earliest appearances in the ancient Near East to the present day through a novel and highly-interdisciplinary methodology which draws on ideas, materials and methods from legal history, legal anthropology, and jurisprudence.  In addition to her published work and conference papers on this topic, Lindsey is writing a book, Law, Faith and Reason in Trial by Ordeal, for Routledge as part of their groundbreaking and subversive new Transforming Legal Histories series.  This book integrates a unique collection of materials spanning some 4500 years into thematic analysis of the operation of ordeal centred around human manipulation of ordeals, arbitrariness, moral luck, lottery theory, and the place of the ordeal when thinking about justice

At Bristol she teaches, and has taught, Land Law, Trusts and Jurisprudence and offers research supervision to undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in either of her research areas. 





External positions

Lecturer in Law, Royal Holloway, London

1 Aug 201531 Aug 2017

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Research Output

Counter-terrorist law in British universities: a review of the "Prevent" debate

Greer, S. & Bell, L. C., 1 Jan 2018, In : Public Law. 2018, January, p. 84-104 11 p.

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    Socio-Legal Studies and the UK's Counter-Terrorist 'Prevent' Strategy

    Greer, S. & Bell, L. C., 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Paper

    Trial by ordeal: An interdisciplinary approach yields fresh insights

    Bell, L. C., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Handbook on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law and Religion . Sandberg, R. (ed.). Edward Elgar Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 2 Public talk, debate, discussion
    • 1 Participation in conference

    UKRI/AHRC - Engaging with Government

    Lindsey Bell (Participant)

    5 Mar 20197 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    APPG on the Rule of Law: Rule of Law Implications of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill

    Lindsey Bell (Advisor)

    17 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    HMICFRS Prevent Public Reference Group

    Lindsey Bell (Advisor)

    13 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion