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I am an Assistant Professor in Law and the LLB Course Director. I mainly teach Human Rights and Civil Liberties (382CLS), International Criminal Law (387CLS) and Public Law (4002CLS). My current research primarily focuses on democracy and political rights, in particular free speech, protest and the right to vote, and also domestic counter-terrorism issues. I have published widely in these areas in journals such as Public Law, the European Human Rights Law Review and Questions of International Law.

Prior to joining Coventry, I completed my PhD on counter-terrorist executive orders and the right to a fair trial in the UK, and I volunteered at three human rights organisations: Peace Brigades International (UK), Rights Watch (UK) and the Human Rights Lawyers Association. As a student I spent a significant amount of time studying abroad, with an undergraduate Erasmus year at the Charles University in Prague, and for my postgraduate degree I spent one semester at Columbia University in New York and another semester at the University of Amsterdam. Whilst in Amsterdam I interned for a defence counsel who practises at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

I am also an Associate Editor for ‘The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law’ and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Lastly, I am also one of the leaders for the Law School’s annual field trip to The Hague and Amsterdam where students are able to visit numerous courts and institutions. 



I am interested in all matters concerning human rights which have political dimensions and social implications. For my PhD I conducted a socio-legal study into the implications of counter-terrorist executive orders and the right to a fair trial. More recently I have been exploring contemporary challenges to the rights of political participation such as free speech on university campuses and the right to vote.


Area of Expertise:

  • Rights of political participation
  • Domestic counter-terrorism law and policy
  • Domestic and international human rights law


Research Interests

Socio-legal research; International human rights law; Rights of political participation and democracy; International criminal justice; Terrorism and counter-terrorism; Legal responses to human rights violations

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Law, Doctorate, University of Bedfordshire


LLM in International Criminal Law, Degree, University of Amsterdam


LLB in Law (International), Degree, Lancaster University


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Research Output

Electoral Reform and the Authorisation of Voter ID Pilot Schemes

Stanford, B., 1 Jan 2020, In : Coventry Law Journal. 24, 2, p. 88-94 7 p.

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  • Power to the People! Public Spaces Protection Orders and the Devolution of the Preventive State

    Stanford, B., 10 Sep 2020, In : Public Law. 2020, Oct , p. 719-739 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Barriers at the Ballot Box: The (In)accessibility of UK Polling Stations

    Stanford, B., 8 Jul 2019, In : Coventry Law Journal. 24, 1, p. 87-92 6 p.

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    Open Access
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    Case comment - Banks v HMRC: human rights and relief for political donations

    Stanford, B., MacLennan, S. & Foster, S., 2019, In : British Tax Review. 64, 1, p. 15-21 7 p.

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    Open Access
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    • 6 Participation in conference
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    Power to the People? Public Spaces Protection Orders, Hybrid Law and Human Rights

    Ben Stanford (Speaker)
    Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    London Conference in Critical Thought 2017

    Ben Stanford (Speaker)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Law and Culture Conference: (In)visibility

    Ben Stanford (Speaker)
    5 Sep 20166 Sep 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference