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Dr Gavin Leigh

Course Director for LLB Programmes, Assistant Professor

Faculty of Business and Law

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Dr Gavin Leigh is an Assistant Professor in Law and is a Course Director on the Law LLB programme. In his role as Course Director, he is responsible for monitoring the quality of the course and enhancing its provision. Gavin is the module leader for Criminal Law and is part of the teaching team on Tort Law.

Career overview

Gavin joined Coventry University in 2016 as a Lecturer in Law. In 2018 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer, before taking on his role as Assistant Professor and LLB Course Director. Gavin is also a graduate of the Academic Support Programme in Research Excellence (ASPiRE).


Dr Leigh was awarded his PhD, ‘Reconstructing Unlawful Act Manslaughter’, in August 2016. He is currently researching the moral and legal principles behind murder and manslaughter with a view to law reform. Dr Leigh has been awarded pump prime funding for a pilot project in relation to the psychological triggers for unlawful homicide.

External activities

Dr Leigh is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Publications and press

Journal articles

  • Self-defence and the Right to Life: the Use of Lethal or Potentially Lethal Force, UK Domestic Law, the Common Law and Article 2 ECHR.
    Foster, S. & Leigh, G., 1 Aug 2016, In: European human rights law review. 4, p. 389-410 21 p.
  • Deconstructing Unlawful Act Manslaughter
    Leigh, G., Apr 2017, In: Journal of Criminal Law. 81, 2, p. 112-124 13 p.
  • Reconstructing unlawful and dangerous act manslaughter
    Leigh, G., 1 Aug 2019, In: Journal of Criminal Law. 83, 4, p. 272-283 11 p.
  • Murderous Intent – The Attitude of a Murderer
    Leigh, G., 2021, In: Journal of Criminal Law

Conference Papers

  • Murderous Intent – The Attitude of a Murderer
    Leigh, G., 4 Sep 2020, In: Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
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