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


Nicklinson and Carter: The discrimination and equality provisions in assisted suicideWilliams, G. 2016 In : Contemporary Issues in Law.14, 1
Necessity: Duress of Circumstances or Moral Involuntariness?Williams, G. N. 2014 In : Common Law World Review.43, 1, p. 1-2828 p.
L. W. Sumner: Assisted Death: A Study in Ethics and LawWilliams, G. N. 2013 In : Criminal Law and Philosophy.7, 2, p. 403-416
End-of-Life Decisions in Medical Care. Principles and Policies for Regulating the Dying ProcessWilliams, G. N. 2013 In : Medical Law Review.21, 3, p. 499-5068 p.
Assisting suicide, the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the DPP's DiscretionWilliams, G. 2010 In : Common Law World Review.39, 2, p. 181-203
A Review of Medically Assisted DeathWilliams, G. 2009 In : Medical Law Review.
A review of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: A natural law ethics approachWilliams, G. 2009 In : King's Law Journal.20, 3, p. 553-5586 p.
Supply of Drugs: Duty of CareWilliams, G. 2009 In : Journal of Criminal Law.73 2009, 9, p. 457-4626 p.
Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Duty of Care in "Drugs" Cases: R v EvansWilliams, G. 2009 In : Criminal Law Review.9, p. 631-64717 p.
Acts and omissions in treatment withdrawal: conceptual problems and policy decisionsWilliams, G. 2008 In : Cambrian Law Review.39, p. 75-9420 p.
SuicideWilliams, G. 2008 New Oxford Companion to Law. Cane, P. & Conaghan, J. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press
The Declaratory Judgement: Old and New Law in 'Medical' CasesWilliams, G. N. 2007 In : Medical Law International.8, 4, p. 277-30428 p.
Intention and Causation in Medical Non-Killing: The impact of criminal law concepts on euthanasia and assisted suicideWilliams, G. 2006 Taylor & Francis.
Inferring IntentionWilliams, G. & Dingwall, G. 2004 In : Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly.55, 1, p. 69-779 p.
The Principle of Double Effect and Terminal SedationWilliams, G. 2001 In : Medical Law Review.9, 1, p. 41-5313 p.
Provocation and Killing with compassionWilliams, G. 2001 In : Journal of Criminal Law.65, 2, p. 149-15911 p.
Re A (Children) (Conjoined Twins:Surgical Separation)Williams, G. 2001 In : Cambrian Law Review.32, p. 183-1875 p.
Y Cwsg OlafWilliams, G. N. 2001 In : Cennad.20, p. 46-494 p.