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Tom Lewis

Thomas Lewis


Nottingham Law School

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Tom is Professor and Director of Nottingham Law School’s Centre for Rights and Justice. He teaches Public Law and Human Rights at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests lie in the field of human rights and constitutional law with a particular focus on freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, and he welcomes queries from potential research students interested in pursuing projects in these fields.

Career overview

Tom studied Jurisprudence and History at Jesus College, University of Oxford, before going on to qualify and practice as a solicitor in a major law firm, where he specialised in civil litigation. He has taught at Nottingham Law School since 1996, first as Lecturer and then as Reader.

On Wednesday 25 April 2018 Tom delivered his Inaugural Lecture: Religious Dress, Empathy and the European Convention: Time To Put the ‘Human’ Back Into Human Rights?.

Research areas

Tom’s main research areas lie in the field of human rights and constitutional law and history. He has particular interests in the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, and in the European Convention on Human Rights and the UK’s Human Rights Act.

Sponsors and collaborators

Tom has collaborated extensively with Peter Cumper of the University of Leicester.


Tom's recent publications include:


  • (2012) Religion, Rights and Secular Society: European Perspectives (with P Cumper) (Edward Elgar)

Articles and book chapters

  • (2017) Empathy and Human Rights: the Case of Religious Dress, Human Rights Law Review (with Peter Cumper) (forthcoming)
  • (2017) At the deep end of the pool: religious offence the margin of appreciation before the European Court of Human Rights,  A Koltay and J Temperman (eds) Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression: Comparative, Theoretical and Historical Reflections after the Charlie Hebdo Massacre (CUP)
  • (2015) Human Remains as “Artistic expression” and the Common Law Offence of Outraging Public Decency: “Human Earrings”, human rights and R v Gibson revisited,  Ruth Redmond-Cooper (ed) Human Remains and the Law (Institute of Art and Law, 2015) 83-99
  • (2014) Animal Defenders International v United Kingdom: sensible dialogue or bad case of Strasbourg jitters? 77(3) Modern Law Review (460 - 474)
  • (2014) From activism to self restraint: the strange case of the European Court’s volte-face on broadcasting bans on political advertising,  A Koltay (ed) Media Freedom and Regulation in the New Media World (Wolters Kluwer) 565 – 590

See all of Tom Lewis's publications...

Press expertise

  • Issues of UK constitutional law
  • Human rights
  • The European Convention on Human Rights
  • Freedom of expression
  • Freedom of religion
  • Democratic rights