Melanie Williams



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Professor Williams read Law at the University of Cambridge and a Masters in English Literature at the University of Sussex.  She has been Consultant to the Open University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and former editorial board member of the International Journal of Law in Context (Cambridge University Press) Law, Culture and Humanities (Sage) and Jurisprudence (Hart).

‘I became a Lecturer in the Department of Law in Aberystwyth in 1995; after nearly ten years I worked as Reader then Professor, first at Swansea University Law School and then at Exeter University School of Law, returning to Wales in 2015.  I have taught many subjects in Law and in Criminology and have also enjoyed teaching in other settings, for example as a Visiting Lecturer in English and Media Studies and also in Philosophy, teaching legal perspectives, I have also taught Medical Ethics and Law to medical students as well as law students.  Over the years I have published two books - Empty Justice (2001) and Secrets and Laws (2005) and a number of book chapters and articles. These mostly focus upon links between law, literature and philosophy but also consider aspects of psychological or medical significance.  I recently qualified as a psychotherapist’.

(portrait image by Sorcha Williams)

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Williams, M.L., (2005) Monograph: Secrets and Laws Collected Essays, London: UCL Press 2005) – Essays present recent research scholarship as a commentary upon prior legal developments in several fields; includes some ‘reworked’ articles previously published

Williams, M.L.,(2002) Monograph Empty Justice- One Hundred Years of Law, Literature and Philosophy (2002) Cavendish Publishing (Part funded by AHRB Research Leave Award):





I teach on a number of modules both in the 'Law' side of the Department and in the 'Criminology' side.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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