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 the compatibility of English Contract Law with the values pursued by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), in particular the protection of human dignity. Eliza has also conducted research on disability equality and access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the implementation of the CRPD. Her publications include the monograph Disability and Information Technology (Cambridge University Press, 2013), book chapters, including the contributions on Articles 21 and 49 CRPD in Ilias Bantekas, Michael Ashley Stein, and Dimitris Anastasiou (eds.) The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2018), and articles in Legal StudiesKing’s Law Journal, Journal of Business Law, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Communications Law, Utilities Law Review and Zeitschrift fur Rechtssoziologie.
Eliza would like to supervise postgraduate research on disability equality and contract law.

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching:

Obligations 1: Contract Law (Module Leader)

Commercial Law (Module Leader)

Business Law

Employment Law

Disability 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. 2020. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and English Contract Law: A Tale of Unfinished Bridges?. King's Law Journal. doi> link> full text>
  • Varney E. 2020. Agency Contracts and the Scope of the Incapacity Defence in English Contract Law: A Topic too Hot to Handle?. Journal of Business Law, 382-402. link> full text>
  • 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, 493-519, vol. 37(3). 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. doi> link>
  • Varney E. 2013. Disability and Information Technology: A Comparative Study in Media Regulation. Cambridge University Press.

Full Publications Listshow

Books

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

Journal Articles

  • Varney E. 2020. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and English Contract Law: A Tale of Unfinished Bridges?. King's Law Journal. doi> link> full text>
  • Varney E. 2020. Agency Contracts and the Scope of the Incapacity Defence in English Contract Law: A Topic too Hot to Handle?. Journal of Business Law, 382-402. link> full text>
  • 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, 493-519, vol. 37(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Varney E. 2013. Disability and Information Technology. doi>
  • Varney E. 2009. 'Reality Television' and Content Regulation: Perspectives and Challenges. Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, vol. 7(1). doi> 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, 421-442, vol. 60(4).
  • Varney E. 2008. Disability Rights in the Communications Sector: An Examination of Digital Television Regulation in the United Kingdom. Communications Law, 187-196, vol. 13(6).
  • Varney E. 2008. The Protection of Age and Disability Rights in the Regulation of Digital Television in the European Union. Utilities Law Review, 6-16, vol. 17(1).
  • VARNEY E. 2007. Regulating the Digital Television Infrastructure in the EU. Room for Citizenship Interests?. The Icfai Journal of Cyber Law, 61-79, vol. 6(3).
  • Varney E. 2006. Regulating the Digital Television Infrastructure in the EU. Room for Citizenship Interests?. SCRIPT-ed, 221-242. doi>
  • 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, 645-685, vol. 6(2).

Chapters

  • 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.
  • Eliza V. 2018. Art.21 Freedom of Expression and Opinion, and Access to Information. In The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Oxford University Press. doi>
  • Eliza V. 2018. Art.49 Accessible Format. In The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Oxford University Press. doi>
  • Varney EC. 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). In The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Commentary. Oxford University Press. link> doi> link>
  • 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. doi> link>
  • 2010. Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc. In Handbook of Transnational Economic Governance Regimes. Brill | Nijhoff. doi>
  • 2010. Digital Video Broadcasting Project. In Handbook of Transnational Economic Governance Regimes. Brill | Nijhoff. doi>
  • 2010. Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. In Handbook of Transnational Economic Governance Regimes. Brill | Nijhoff. doi>
  • 2010. ECMA International. In Handbook of Transnational Economic Governance Regimes. Brill | Nijhoff. doi>
  • 2010. Institute Of Electrical And Electronic Engineers, Inc. In Handbook of Transnational Economic Governance Regimes. Brill | Nijhoff. doi>
  • 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. doi>