Alex Benn

Alex Benn

Senior Lecturer in Law


Law Course

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I teach the course, Criminal Law, to Univ’s first-year and Senior Status students. The course focuses on the general principles of criminal liability, as well as some of the major criminal offences and defences. In particular, I try to put the law in its broader context as a tool of powerful groups, which involves looking at the widespread discrimination that exists in criminal justice.


Selected Publications


‘The Big Gap in Discrimination Law: Class and the Equality Act 2010’ (2020) 3(1) Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal 30, available at

‘R (Ngole) v Sheffield University’ (2018) 7(2) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 351

‘R (A and B) v Secretary of State for Health’ (2017) 6(3) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 631

‘Re JS (A Child)’ (2017) 6(2) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 413

Other Media

‘Discrimination in Criminal Justice: Four Analytical Steps for Lawyers’ (2021) Legal Lifelines, available at

‘Classism, Hate Crime and the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper 250: Lessons from Discrimination Law’ (2021) Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, available at

‘The Maya Forstater Case and So-called “Gender Critical” Feminism: What Was Actually Decided and What Does It Reveal about UK Discrimination Law?’ (2020) Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, with C. Devlin, available at

‘We Don’t Think John Finnis Should Teach at Oxford University. Here’s Why’ (2019) The Guardian, with D. Taylor, available at

‘The UK Supreme Court and the Gay Marriage Cake: Is “Indissociability” Half-baked?’ (2019) Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, available at


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