School of Law and Politics

Dr Rob Clucas


 Dr Rob Clucas

On research leave

Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 6323
Office: 407 Wilberforce
Twitter @robclucas
Qualifications LLB, PCHE (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield)


Rob Clucas (LLB, PCHE, PhD) is Lecturer in Law at the University of Hull.  His research interests have included jurisprudence and children, and his PhD thesis was concerned with a modified application of Alan Gewirth’s moral theory with respect to the rights of children.  He was supported by the AHRB Research Leave Scheme for the project "Children’s rights: autonomy and the welfare/best interests tension. A Welsh perspective", a study on the practice of the first Children's Commissioner for Wales.  As B. Clucas he has published articles on jurisprudence; medical ethics, particularly conjoined twins; human rights, and children's rights and welfare, and with G. Johnstone and T. Ward, he co-edited the Nomos collection Torture: Moral Absolutes and Ambiguities. 

Rob was the inaugural Chair of the LGBT Staff Network at the University, and was a national Trustee of the Anglican pressure group, Changing Attitude. He also organised the Centre for Gender Studies' seminar series for 2012-13.

Selected Publications

Social Science Research Network author page.

Articles in refereed journals

  • Clucas R and Sharpe K, ‘Women Bishops: Equality, Rights, and Disarray’ (2013) 15 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 158
  • Clucas R, ‘Religion, Sexual Orientation and the Equality Act 2010: Gay Bishops in the Church of England Negotiating Rights against Discrimination’ 46 Sociology 936 (Earlier non-academic writing on gay bishops).

Chapters in edited collections

  • Clucas R, ‘Religion’ in Richards C and Barker MJ (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender (Palgrave 2015)
  • Clucas, R and Johnstone G, in Cleaver E, Lintern M and McLinden M (eds), Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Disciplinary Approaches to Educational Enquiry (SAGE Publishing 2014)
  • Clucas B, ‘24 and Torture’ in Clucas B, Johnstone G and Ward T (eds), Torture: Moral Absolutes and Ambiguities (Nomos 2009) 

Presentations and papers etc

  • Clucas R, ‘The C of E (micro) aggressing against LGBT people’ (LGBT History Month, Hull, February 19 2015)
  • Clucas R, ‘Keynote Speaker for Day Workshop on Variant Sex and Gender, Religion and Law’ (Inaugural workshop of the Variant Sex and Gender, Religion and Faith Research Network, University of Exeter, 31st October 2014)
  • Clucas R, ‘Trans men in women’s space (Workshop & conference paper)’ (Lesbian Lives Conference 2013: The Modern Lesbian)
  • Clucas R, ‘Legitimate discrimination: Gay bishops, the Church of England, and the Equality Act 2010’ (Socio-Legal Studies Association 2012 Conference)
  • Clucas R and Walton S, ‘Pornography and Silencing: subjugation, society and gender (Seminar)’ (Crime and the Ethics of Representation Seminar Series, University of Hull)
  • Rob also co-organised (with Mark Johnson, Anthropology, Hull), a Critical Sexology 'Up North' seminar on Religion and Sexuality in September 2013:


Rob's current research interests are in sexuality, gender and the law, with a particular focus on church equality issues.

PhD Supervision

Rob would be interested in supervising research students on topics in the relationship between law and religion, and law and sex/sexuality and gender. He has supervised students working on law and exclusion in immigration and asylum.



  • Sex(uality), Gender and the Law (Convenor)
  • Legal Systems (Convenor)
  • Law and Literature
  • Values and Law


  • Literature and Law (with English Dept)
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