Biography

Eliza completed her LLB at the University of Hull (1999), her LLM in Romania (2001) and her PhD at the University of Hull (2006). She also has a PgC in Research Training from the University of Hull (2004) and a PgC in Teaching and Learning in HE from Keele University (2007). Prior to joining Keele in 2004, Eliza worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Hull.

Research and scholarship

Eliza's research is in disability equality, focusing on access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Eliza is also conducting research on disability equality and Contract Law and on the participation of Disabled People's User-Led Organisations (DPULOs) in public consultations.


Eliza would like to supervise postgraduate research on disability equality and contract law.

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching:

Contract Law 1 (Module Leader)

Contract Law 2 (Module Leader)

Commercial Law

Employment Law

Eliza would like to supervise undergraduate dissertations in Contract Law (including contract theory)

Further information

Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association

Member of the Society of Legal Scholars

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Article 21 CRPD: Freedom of Expression and Opinion, and Access to Information’ in Ilias Bantekas et. al. (eds.) The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Article 49 CRPD: Accessible Format’ in Ilias Bantekas et. al. (eds.) The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Selected Publications

  • Varney E. 2017. Redefining contractual capacity? The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the incapacity defence in English contract law. LEGAL STUDIES, vol. 37(3), 493-519. link> doi> full text>
  • Varney E. ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Ensuring Full and Equal Access to Information’. In The United Nations and Freedom of Expression and Information: Critical Perspectives. McGonagle T and Donders Y (Eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. link>
  • Varney E. 2013. Disability and Information Technology: A Comparative Study in Media Regulation. Cambridge University Press.
  • Varney E. 2009. A Hierarchy of Disability Rights? A Comparative Examination of the Regulation of Digital Television in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol. 60(4), 421-442.
  • Varney E. 2008. Disability Rights in the Communications Sector: An Examination of Digital Television Regulation in the United Kingdom. Communications Law, vol. 13(6), 187-196.

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Varney E. 2013. Disability and Information Technology: A Comparative Study in Media Regulation. Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles

  • Varney E. 2017. Redefining contractual capacity? The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the incapacity defence in English contract law. LEGAL STUDIES, vol. 37(3), 493-519. link> doi> full text>
  • Varney E. 2009. 'Reality Television' and Content Regulation: Perspectives and Challenges. Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, vol. 7(1). link>
  • Varney E. 2009. A Hierarchy of Disability Rights? A Comparative Examination of the Regulation of Digital Television in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol. 60(4), 421-442.
  • Varney E. 2008. Disability Rights in the Communications Sector: An Examination of Digital Television Regulation in the United Kingdom. Communications Law, vol. 13(6), 187-196.
  • Varney E. 2008. The Protection of Age and Disability Rights in the Regulation of Digital Television in the European Union. Utilities Law Review, vol. 17(1), 6-16.
  • VARNEY E. 2007. Regulating the Digital Television Infrastructure in the EU. Room for Citizenship Interests?. The Icfai Journal of Cyber Law, vol. 6(3), 61-79.
  • Varney E. 2005. Winners and Losers in the Communications Sector: An Examination of Digital Television in the United Kingdom. Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology, vol. 6(2), 645-685.
  • Varney E. Agency Contracts and the Scope of the Incapacity Defence in English Contract Law: A Topic too Hot to Handle?. Journal of Business Law. full text>

Chapters

  • Varney E. ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Ensuring Full and Equal Access to Information’. In The United Nations and Freedom of Expression and Information: Critical Perspectives. McGonagle T and Donders Y (Eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. link>
  • Varney E and Varney M. 2007. Grounded? Air Passenger Rights in the European Union. In The Yearbook of Consumer Law 2008. Twigg-Flesner CPDHGNA (Ed.). Ashgate.
  • VARNEY EC. 2006. Social Regulation in the Air Transport Industry - An Examination of Regulation 1107/2006 concerning the Rights of Disabled Persons and Persons with Reduced Mobility when travelling by Air. In Comparative Socio-Legal Research, special issue of Zeitschrift fur Rechtssoziologie. Karstedt S and Lange B (Eds.). Lucius & Lucius.
  • Varney E. Article 21 CRPD: Freedom of Expression and Opinion and Access to Information. In The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Commentary. Bantekas I (Ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Varney EC. Article 49 CRPD: Accessible Format in Ilias Bantekas et. al. (eds.) The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2018). In The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Commentary. Oxford University Press.