Dr Glenys Williams LLB Wales, 1978; Soliciotr of the Supreme Court; PhD Wales, 2003

Dr Glenys Williams


Department of Law & Criminology

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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,  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. 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.


I am the head of Assessments in the Department of Law & Criminology, and also recruit Internationally. 

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. https://doi.org/10.1350/clwr.2014.43.1.0262
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. https://doi.org/10.1093/medlaw/fwt008
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11572-013-9214-0
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. https://doi.org/10.1350/clwr.2010.39.2.0203
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