Luke Clements

Luke Clements is the Cerebra Professor of Law at Leeds University and is a solicitor.

Academic Experience

Leeds University Law School

Luke is the Cerebra Professor of Law at the School of Law Leeds University where he has chair in Law and Social Justice. Luke’s chair in law is endowed by the International Charity Cerebra which supports a research programme at the School that focuses on ‘delivering legal rights: practical problem solving’ – the Cerebra Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project.

Research and teaching

Luke’s academic research and teaching experience has focused on three domains (1) Social Care law, including the rights of disabled people and carer; (2) European and domestic UK human rights law and (3) Gypsy and Traveller law and public policy. His research interests in these areas have attracted major awards, including from the ESRC, The Nuffield Foundation; The Joseph Rowntree Chatritable Trust; Cerebra; and The Care Council for Wales.

International Human Rights

Luke’s practitioner experience of taking cases to the European Commission and Court of Human Rights for over 20 years has been applied academically in terms of externally funded research, publications and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Luke is a founding board member of the European Human Rights Law Review’ (Sweet & Maxwell) and has retained / funded by (amongst others) the Judicial Studies Board, the British Council, the Council of Europe, the European Union, Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Open Society Institute, the OSCE, and the Romanian Helsinki Committee to deliver judicial and other human rights training in over 20 countries.

Luke published the first detailed English guide to the Strasbourg human rights complaints system in 1994 (European Human Rights: Taking a case under the Convention. London Sweet & Maxwell) and a selected list of Luke’s subsequent human rights and other publications is accessible here.

Social Care Law, disabled people and carers rights

Luke’s domestic practice as a solicitor is largely focussed on social care law and the rights of disabled people and carers. His publication Community Care & the Law in 1996 was the first comprehensive review of this domain of the law. The publication (now in its 6th edition) is a leading review of the law in this field.

Luke is a founding board member of the Community Care Law Reports (Legal Action Group) and is an editorial board member of a number of other social care law journals including Disability and Society (Routledge), the African Disability Rights Yearbook (University of Pretoria) and The Child and Family Law Quarterly (Jordans). Luke was on the Expert Reference Group for the Disability Rights Commission and retained as expert adviser on the Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill and was for 10 years a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee. Luke has assisted with many other legislative and policy initiatives including the initial drafting of the private members bills that became the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 and the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 as well assisting with the drafting of the Disabled Children (Family Support) Private Members Bill (2007) for Gary Streeter MP and a number of 10 Minute Rule Bills including the Disabled Children’s Assessment and Services Bill (Ed Balls MP), the Care of Older and Incapacitated People (Human Rights) Bill (Paul Burstow MP) and the Identification and Support of Carers (Primary Health Care) Bill (Barbara Keeley MP). In 2013 he was the Special Adviser to the Parliamentary Committee that scrutinised the draft Bill that resulted in the Care Act 2014.

A selected list of Luke’s community care and disability related publications is available here.

Gypsies and other Travelling people

Luke’s practitioner experience in acting for Gypsies and other Travelling people in the 1980’s and early 1990s resulted in the first case taken by these minority groups to the European Court of Human Rights (Buckley v UK 1997). In 1996 Luke co-founded with Professor Phillip Thomas the Traveller Law Research Unit within the Cardiff Law School and helped coordinate a number of major research studies and policy / legislative initiatives – outlined above.

A selected list of Luke’s Gypsy and Traveller related publications is accessible here