Biography

Stella was awarded her LLB from University College London in 1995. Her final year dissertation focused on sadomasochism and the criminal law in the wake of R v Brown, and challenged the law’s double standards with regard to consent to harm.

Stella returned to study following a varied career in the education sector and obtained her LLM in Law and Society from Keele University in 2012. Her LLM dissertation examined contemporary conflicts between religion and sexual orientation in equality law, where the manifestation of conservative religious belief collides with the extension of rights for LGBT people.

Stella's PhD research builds on the themes introduced in her LLM dissertation.

Research and scholarship

Stella’s research focuses on the clash between religious belief and sexual orientation, which has become a key flashpoint in modern rights struggles. This conflict is a microcosm of the wider relationship between law, religion and sexuality, and the discursive techniques deployed by legal and political actors – of which liberal rights discourse plays a key role. Stella uses a Foucaultian-informed Queer lens to identify and critique the discourses and underpinning structures that limit the inclusion of non-heterosexuals in the public sphere, including the impact of class and socio-economic status on sexual citizenship. The liberal state has had limited success in challenging religious discourses grounded in homophobia and heteronormativity. Stella’s research questions whether liberal neutrality is a sufficient response and examines how law might remedy the harm that is suffered through anti-gay discrimination.

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law
  • Healthcare Law
  • Legal Skills
  • Public Law

Postgraduate:

  • Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice
  • Medical Ethics and Law
  • Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice

Further information

Stella has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, teaching students of British Society & Culture about the English legal system.

Selected Publications

  • Nehushtan Y and Coyle S. Adenitire J (Ed.). 2019. The Difference between Illegitimate Conscience and Misguided Conscience: Equality Laws, Abortion Laws and Religious Symbols. Hart. full text>
  • Nehushtan Y and Coyle S. 2019. The Difference between Illegitimate Conscience and Misguided Conscience: Equality Laws, Abortion Laws and Religious Symbols. In 'Conscientious Exemptions in a Liberal State: Theoretical, Doctrinal and Comparative Perspectives'. Adenitire J (Ed.). Hart.
  • Coyle SM. 2018. What makes good teaching: Reflections from a Teaching Fellow in Law. Journal of Academic Development and Education. full text>
  • Coyle SM. 2015. Law, Religion and Homosexuality by P Johnson and RM Vanderbeck. Feminist Legal Studies. doi> link>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Nehushtan Y and Coyle S. Adenitire J (Ed.). 2019. The Difference between Illegitimate Conscience and Misguided Conscience: Equality Laws, Abortion Laws and Religious Symbols. Hart. full text>

Journal Articles

  • Coyle SM. 2018. What makes good teaching: Reflections from a Teaching Fellow in Law. Journal of Academic Development and Education. full text>
  • Coyle SM. 2015. Law, Religion and Homosexuality by P Johnson and RM Vanderbeck. Feminist Legal Studies. doi> link>

Chapters

  • Nehushtan Y and Coyle S. 2019. The Difference between Illegitimate Conscience and Misguided Conscience: Equality Laws, Abortion Laws and Religious Symbols. In 'Conscientious Exemptions in a Liberal State: Theoretical, Doctrinal and Comparative Perspectives'. Adenitire J (Ed.). Hart.