Steve Foster

Principal Lecturer in Law

Coventry Law School
Faculty of Business and Law
Coventry University
Priory Street

George Eliot Building
Room: GE115


Steve Foster has taught law at Coventry for nearly 40 years and is currently Head of Coventry Law School. He has taught contract law, employment law and business law and now specialises in human rights, prisoners’ rights and research skills. He has published widely in various journals – such as Modern Law Review, Public Law and European Human Rights Law – on human rights, prisoners’ rights, administrative law and freedom of expression. He is also the author of several textbooks including Human Rights and Civil Liberties (Pearson 20111), How to Write Better Law Essays (Pearson 2016) and (with Mark Ryan) Unlocking Constitutional and Administrative Law (Routledge 2013). In 2007 he was awarded a PhD by portfolio for his writing on prisoners’ rights – the first member of Coventry University to be awarded that degree. He has been an external examiner at various universities and has been editor in chief of the Coventry Law Journal for 20 years. 


  • BA Law (HONS) Manchester Polytechnic 1976
  • LLM University of London 1977
  • PhD Coventry University 2007


Steve Foster has researched and published in employment law, administrative law and judicial review, human rights and legal writing. He has written nearly 300 articles and case notes and several textbooks and chapters in texts and specialises in UK and European human right law and prisoners’ rights. He is currently researching the UK’S proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and replace it with a British Bill of Rights and the saga of prisoner voting rights.

Outputs and publications:

  • Foster, S., and Leigh, G. (2016) ‘Self-defence and the right to life: the use of lethal force, AUK domestic law, the common law and Article 2 ECHR’. European Human Rights Law (4) 398-410
  • Foster, S. (2014) 'The Effective Supervision of European Prison Conditions'. In Conceptualising Vulnerability in Europe. Ed. by Ippolito, F., and Iglesias Sanchez, S. Hart
  • Foster, S. (2014) 'Press photographs: protecting the privacy of celebrities and their children'. Communications Law 19 (3), 86-92
  • Foster, S. (2013) 'Balancing privacy with freedom of speech: press censorship, the European Convention on Human Rights and the decision in Mosley v United Kingdom'. Communications Law 16 (3), 99-104
  • Foster, S.H. (2011) Human Rights and Civil Liberties. 3rd Edn. UK: Longman Publishers


  • Human Rights and Civil Liberties (LLB)
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law (LLB)
  • Research Skills (LLM)

Other responsibilities:

  • Editor in Chief of the Coventry University Law Journal
  • Academic Conduct Officer, Law

Areas of expertise:

  • UK human rights
  • European human rights
  • Prisoners’ rights
  • Freedom of Speech and Press Freedom
  • Academic Writing 

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