Dr Ryan Hill

Senior Lecturer/Course Leader for LLM Medical Law and Ethics

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Law

Ryan entered academia after working in international development and relief work. His law interests relate to experiences from his previous career and concern the interplay between law and justice, law and society and human rights.



Ryan graduated from the University of Essex with a BA in Philosophy with Human Rights, an LLM in International Human Rights Law and a PhD in Law supervised by Professor Sheldon Leader and Dr Tom Cornford. He taught at the University of Essex, for the Open Societies Foundation in Istanbul and at the University of Bedfordshire before joining Anglia Ruskin in January 2015.

Ryan's teaching and research interests engage with international human rights law, theory and practice, legal philosophy and the interplay between law, politics and society.

Prior to entering academia, Ryan worked for many years in international development and relief. His most recent employment was with the International Red Cross movement and included working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Palestine and Kosovo, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Southern Africa, and the Norwegian Red Cross in Serbia.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Norwegian

Research interests

  • The intersection between philosophy and law
  • Constitutional law and constitutionalism
  • Human rights, in particular freedom of religion, the rights of older people and the rights of people with dementia

Areas of research supervision

  • International human rights law, theory and practice
  • The intersection between philosophy and law
  • Constitutional law and constitutionalism
  • Freedom of religion


  • LLB; LLM International Business Law/International Commercial Law/International Law/Digital Economy; LLM Medical law and Ethics.


  • BA Philosophy with Human Rights, University of Essex
  • LLM International Human Rights Law, University of Essex
  • PhD law, University of Essex
  • PGCert Higher Academic Practice, University of Bedfordshire

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member, Law and Religion Scholars Network

Selected recent publications

Counter-Extremism in British Schools: Ensuring Respect for Parents' Rights Over Their Children's Religious Upbringing, (2017) British Journal Of Education Studies, 1-15.

'Respecting religious freedoms and freedom itself: How "on earth" do we raise our children?' in Gozdecka, D and Kmak, M (eds), Europe at the Edge of Pluralism (Intersentia, 2015), 147-160

'Non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation: Should the law accord exemptions on the basis of freedom of conscience?' (2014) 7, Questions of International Law, 13-26

'The French prohibition on veiling in public places: Rights evolution or violation?' (2013) 2(2), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 417- 439

'Closing the Legitimacy Gap on the Journey towards a Universality of Human Rights', in S. Bennett and É. O'Brien (eds), What Future for Human Rights in a non-Western World? (Institute of Commonwealth Studies 2012), 37- 48

'Legal pluralism in the liberal state: A defence of the Archbishop of Canterbury or a human rights impasse?' (2010) 165, Law and Justice, 124-143

Recent presentations and conferences

Presentation at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on problems around the non-violent extremism in the UK Government's PREVENT strategy, 27 October 2018.

Presentation at the International Conference on Dementia and Human Rights, Salford University, 10-11 September 2018, paper entitles: ‘The human rights of people with medium to advanced forms of dementia: how might we view these rights and give them effect?'