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Durham University

Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences


Mrs Hannah Saunders

Member of the Durham Law School

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Hannah spent the early years of her career in legal practice. She also acted as Consultant Legal Editor of two major practitioner textbooks (one on personnel management and one on disability law) for several years, responsible for updating the material to reflect changes in the law.

Having left the profession to take up a position at another University, Hannah became a Senior Lecturer and Module Leader on the LLB and Programme Leader of the Graduate Diploma in Law Programme. She was part of a team of two people to gain funding to participate in an HEA study about Digital Residency and learning techniques. Hannah is a Fellow of the HEA and holds the PGCPE.

Her PhD (submitted in 2019) is on legal equality for people with disfigurements in the workplace, which combines both doctrinal and socio-legal research methods, and an aspect of comparative law. During her PhD she held a Law school teaching scholarship and taught Advanced Issues in Employment and Discrimination Law, Law in Practice, and Tort law at Durham. Hannah's PhD was supervised by Professor Aaron Baker and Professor Jane Macnaughton.


Conference Paper

  • Saunders, Hannah (2020), Reflections on visible difference workplace equality law: one step forwards, two steps back? (forthcoming), Appearance Matters 2020. Bath.
  • Saunders, Hannah (2019), Disfigurement: A visibly different approach to equality?, Society of Legal Scholars conference. Preston, Lancashire.
  • Hannah Saunders (2018), The invisible law of visible difference, Rights in the Modern World. Durham Law School CELLS Conference.

Edited book

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • (2012). Struggling to cope with dyslexia. The Financial Times
  • (2011). All change for employers? New Business Magazine
  • (2011). TUPE Law: Finding a Rescue Package for a Business under Administration? HR Magazine