Dr Glenys Williams

LLB Cymru, 1978; Cyfreithiwr y Goruchaf Lys; PhD Cymru, 2003

Dr Glenys Williams


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After qualifying and practicing as a solicitor for a number of years, Glenys returned to the Law Department at Aberystwyth to study for a PhD in 1997. She is now a Reader in Law, and is Thematic Leader for Law and Criminology in the Law School, where she teaches law through the medium of both Welsh and English.



Glenys's research focuses on the impact which criminal law concepts have on medical law decision-making, particularly at the end of life. She researches particularly into (i) aspects of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and (ii) the theory behind criminal law excusatory defences (her most recent publications (see below) reflect these interests). She is a member of the Socio Legal Studies Association and of the Society of Legal Scholars and has presented her research at their conferences, and more widely.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 3.00-4.00
  • Thursday 1.00-2.00


Williams, G 2016, 'Nicklinson and Carter: The discrimination and equality provisions in assisted suicide' Contemporary Issues in Law, vol 14, no. 1.
Williams, GN 2014, 'Necessity: Duress of Circumstances or Moral Involuntariness?' Common Law World Review, vol 43, no. 1, pp. 1-28. DOI: 10.1350/clwr.2014.43.1.0262
Williams, GN 2013, 'L. W. Sumner: Assisted Death: A Study in Ethics and Law' Criminal Law and Philosophy, vol 7, no. 2, pp. 403-416. DOI: 10.1007/s11572-013-9214-0
Williams, GN 2013, 'End-of-Life Decisions in Medical Care. Principles and Policies for Regulating the Dying Process' Medical Law Review, vol 21, no. 3, pp. 499-506. DOI: 10.1093/medlaw/fwt008
Williams, G 2010, 'Assisting suicide, the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the DPP's Discretion' Common Law World Review, vol 39, no. 2, pp. 181-203. DOI: 10.1350/clwr.2010.39.2.0203
Williams, G 2009, 'A Review of Medically Assisted Death' Medical Law Review.
Williams, G 2009, 'A review of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: A natural law ethics approach' King's Law Journal, vol 20, no. 3, pp. 553-558.
Williams, G 2009, 'Supply of Drugs: Duty of Care' Journal of Criminal Law, vol 73 2009, no. 9, pp. 457-462.
Williams, G 2009, 'Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Duty of Care in "Drugs" Cases: R v Evans' Criminal Law Review, vol 9, pp. 631-647.
Williams, G 2008, 'Acts and omissions in treatment withdrawal: conceptual problems and policy decisions' Cambrian Law Review, vol 39, pp. 75-94.
Williams, G 2008, Suicide. in P Cane & J Conaghan (eds), New Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Williams, GN 2007, 'The Declaratory Judgement: Old and New Law in 'Medical' Cases' Medical Law International, vol 8, no. 4, pp. 277-304. DOI: 10.1177/096853320700800401
Williams, G 2006, Intention and Causation in Medical Non-Killing: The impact of criminal law concepts on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Taylor & Francis.
Williams, G & Dingwall, G 2004, 'Inferring Intention' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 55, no. 1, pp. 69-77.
Williams, G 2001, 'The Principle of Double Effect and Terminal Sedation' Medical Law Review, vol 9, no. 1, pp. 41-53. DOI: 10.1093/medlaw/9.1.41
Williams, G 2001, 'Provocation and Killing with compassion' Journal of Criminal Law, vol 65, no. 2, pp. 149-159.
Williams, G 2001, 'Re A (Children) (Conjoined Twins:Surgical Separation)' Cambrian Law Review, vol 32, pp. 183-187.
Williams, GN 2001, 'Y Cwsg Olaf' Cennad, vol 20, pp. 46-49.