Portsmouth Law School


Dr Daniel Bedford

  • Qualifications: LLB, LLM, PhD.
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Law
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844642
  • Email: daniel.bedford@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth Law School
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


Daniel is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Portsmouth. He obtained an LLB (2008), LLM in International Human Rights Law (2010) and PhD (2015) from the University of Exeter where he also taught on the undergraduate programme. Daniel has engaged in pro bono work in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, and currently volunteers with Age UK West Sussex.   

Teaching Responsibilities

European Union Law, Street Law, Legal Project Research.


My research focuses on two key concepts as they are used (primarily) in the field of human rights law and social care. First, I have an interest in the judicial use of the concept of human dignity in the United Kingdom in shaping (and broadening) the contours of the fundamental rights protected by the common law and Human Rights Act 1998. Second, I am interested in the idea of vulnerability as a heuristic tool that is used to challenge the vision of the privileged legal subject (i.e. autonomous, fully rational, disembodied, and independent) and its associated dualisms. My interests often intersect - so I have developed the view that dignity attaches to the human person as a vulnerable, interdependent being. I have presented papers at a number of national and international conferences and workshops, most recently in Florence, Budapest and Berlin. I have also co-coordinated a conference at Exeter College, Oxford with Professor Jonathan Herring that £explored the implications and challenges for law of conceptualising vulnerability as good.   


Research profile

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