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Professor of Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds

Oliver Lewis is an international human rights lawyer specialising in the interface of mental health, intellectual disability and human rights. He is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, London, and is a a part-time Professor of Law and Social Justice at the School of Law, University of Leeds. From 2001 to 2017 he was Legal Director then Executive Director of 'Validity' (formerly the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre), an international human rights NGO that uses the law to secure equality, inclusion and justice.


  • –present
    Professor of Law and Social Justice , University of Leeds


  • 2015 
    University of Leiden , PhD
  • 2009 
    Open University Business School, MPA
  • 1999 
    King's College London, MA Medical Ethics and Law
  • 1998 
    LSE, LLB Hons

Professional Memberships

  • Honourable Society of the Inner Temple