Mairead Enright

Colleges, School and Institutes


I joined Birmingham Law School as a Senior Lecturer in September 2016, having lectured at Kent Law School and Manchester Metropolitan University. I have also been the EJ Phelan Fellow in International Law and a doctoral student at University College Cork. I tweet at @maireadenright. I have held a variety of visitorships including at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) and the Beatrice Bain Reading Group at UC Berkeley.


Research interests

I have a range of research interests, grounded in feminist legal theory, and critical theoretical approaches to legal agency, legal pluralism, law-breaking, resistance and disobedience. My research to date has focused, in particular, on how women may strategically manipulate legal processes (contract formation, private law litigation, vernacular dissident legal interpretation and the feminist drafting of legal texts) to resist religious or cultural dispossession. A related strand of my research concerns states’ use of legal discourse to construct and maintain exclusionary politics of national identity, whether with or against religion. My research in this respect has involved close examination of the intersections of law, religious power and gendered national identity projects, Islamic family law and the politics of reproductive justice in Ireland (particularly the early family planning movement, abortion rights and reparations for historical obstetric violence). 

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I am willing to supervise research students in the following areas:

Law and Religion, particularly from feminist or critical legal perspectives.
Politics of reproductive justice.
Law, activism and social movements.
I am happy to answer email queries from prospective students before submission of an official proposal.