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Professor of Law, Gender and History , University of Bristol

Professor Lois Bibbings is based in the Law School and is also a member of staff in the School of Social and Community Medicine (Centre for Ethics in Medicine) at the University of Bristol. She studied at Cardiff University as an undergraduate and postgraduate. Previously she worked at Cardiff and Liverpool Universities.

Much of her research focuses upon Law, Gender and History. She has written about violence, sexuality, medical law and ethics ('conscience', 'care', care and older people, abortion, gender) and the body as well as widening participation policy.

An interest in men, masculinities and history is reflected in her work on conscientious objectors to military service. This was the subject of her first monograph Telling Tales About Men: Conceptions of Conscientious Objectors to Military Service During the First World War. Her second monograph, Binding Men: Stories about Violence and Law in Late Victorian England focuses upon five late nineteenth century legal cases involving different forms of male violence (child abuse, prize fighting, murder and cannibalism, sexual assault and 'wife torture').

For the last few years most of her time has been spent studying, speaking and writing about the First World War. She is one of the curators of the 'Refusing to Kill: Bristol's World War 1 Conscientious Objectors' exhibition (moving to Bristol Records Office in summer 2018) and a member of Remembering the Real WW1 ( Her WW1 work has also included TV, film, theatre, puppet and music collaborations. She is currently helping put together an AHRC funded national WW1 festival for 2019 (watch this space).


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Gender and History , University of Bristol