Lucy Vickers

  • Professor of Law, Oxford Brookes University

    Professor Lucy Vickers studied law at Queens' College, Cambridge, and qualified as a solicitor before joining the Law Department at Oxford Brookes University. Her main research area is the protection of human rights within the workplace. In particular she focuses on religious discrimination at work and age equality. In addition she works on freedom of speech at work, including protection for whistleblowing, and the right to freedom of speech under the European Convention on Human Rights. 


    • Criminal Law
    • Equality Law
    • International Labour Law


    Lucy Vickers’ main research area is the protection of human rights within the workplace and aspects of equality law. She has written extensively on issues relating to harassment at work, religious discrimination and age discrimination. She is the author of Freedom Of Speech and Employment (2002) OUP, and Religious Freedom, Religious Discrimination and the Workplace (2008) Hart Publishing, a report for the European Commission on Religion and Belief Discrimination in Employment – The EU Law (2007), and a review for the EHRC of equality and human rights law relating to religion or belief (Report 57, EHRC, 2015, written with Professor Edge).

    Her full staff profile is available here

    Key Publications

    Manfredi, S., Vickers, L., and Clayton-Hathway, K. (2017). The Public Sector Equality Duty: Enforcing Equality Rights Through Second-Generation Regulation. Industrial Law Journal. doi:10.1093/indlaw/dwx022.

    'Freedom of religion or belief and employment law', Religion and Human Rights (2017), ISSN: 1871-031X eISSN: 1871-031X

    Edge P, Vickers L, '“Evans’ Freedom of Religion under the European Convention on Human Rights”' in Sandberg R (ed.), Leading Works in Law and Religion, Routledge (2017)

    'Achbita and Bougnaoui: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back for Religious Diversity in the Workplace', European Labour Law Journal (2017), ISSN: 2013-9525 eISSN: 2013-9525

    Manfredi, S, Cousens, E and Vickers L., 'The role of Executive Search Firms in the appointment process for senior leadership roles in HE, Report on project of the same name completed for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (2017)

    Vickers L, 'New Issues for Negotiation: Schools and Religious Freedom' in Guesnet F, Laborde C, Lee L (ed.), Negotiating Religion Cross-disciplinary perspectives, Routledge (2016), ISBN: 9781472437297

    'L’expression des convictions religieuses au travail en Grande-Bretagne', Revue de Droit Comparé du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale 2 (2016) pp.22-34, ISSN: 2117-4350 eISSN: 2117-4350

    ‘Review of equality and human rights law relating to religion or belief’ Research Report 97, EHRC, London, 2015 (with Edge)

    ‘Religious Freedom: Expressing Religion, Attire and Public Spaces’  22 J.L. & Pol'y 591 (2014)

    ‘Meeting the challenges of active ageing in the workplace: is the abolition of retirement the answer?’ European Labour Law Journal, Volume 4 (2013), No. 4 251-271 (with Manfredi)

    “Pensioning off the mandatory retirement age: implications for the higher education sector”, (2013) Legal Studies 289-311.

    Promoting Equality Or Fostering Resentment? The Public Sector Equality Duty And Religion And Belief (2011) Legal Studies 135–158

    Religious Discrimination in the Workplace: An Emerging Hierarchy? (2010) 12 Ecc LJ 280-303

    Retirement and Age Discrimination: Managing Retirement in Higher Education (2009) ILJ 343-364

    Religious Freedom, Religious Discrimination and the Workplace, (2008) Hart Publishing, Oxford.

    Freedom of Speech and Employment (2002) OUP Monographs in Labour Law series