Anthony Bradney graduated with an LLB from the University of Hull. He then completed a BA at the Open University. Between 1977 and 2004 he was lecturer in law, senior lecturer in law and then Professor of Law at the University of Leicester. Between 2004 and 2006 he was Professor of Law at the University of Sheffield. In 2006 he was appointed Professor of Law at Keele University.  He is now Emeritus Professor of Law and a Professorial Fellow at Keele University.  He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

Research and scholarship

Anthony Bradney’s research interests lie mainly in the fields of law and religion, legal pluralism, law and popular culture, law and literature, university legal education and judicial studies.

Further information

 Anthony Bradney is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.   In 2018 he was jointly awarded (with Fiona Cownie) Socio-Legal Studies Association’s annual prize for contributions to the socio-legal community. 

He is the Chair of Advisory Group for the Society for Advanced Legal Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.  He is a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the Journal of Law and Society.  He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Law and Society at Cardiff University.  

He is a member of the Legal Education Research Network and the Law and Religion Scholars Network. 

He was previously Honorary Membership Secretary of the Society of Legal Scholars, Membership Secretary and also Vice-Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, Vice-President of the Association of Legal and Social Philosophy, a Board Member of the Research Group on the Legal Professions (International Sociological Association), Co-convenor of the Legal Education Research Network and a Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences. 

Between 2005 and 2012 he was editor of the Web Journal of the Current Legal Issues.


  • Cownie F and Bradney AGD 2017. An Examined Life: Research into University Legal Education in the United Kingdom and the Journal of Law and Society. JOURNAL OF LAW AND SOCIETY, vol. 44, S129-S143.
  • Bradney AGD. 2014. Honor Matters Most: Judging Law in the "Spenser" Novels of Robert B Parker. In Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives. Asimow M, Brown K, Papke D (Eds.). (22 vols.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Bradney AGD. 2011. Aristocratic Values, the Liberal Law School and the Modern Lawyer. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues.
  • BRADNEY AGD. 2009. Law and Faith in a Sceptical Age. Routledge/Glass House Press.
  • BRADNEY AGD. 2003. Conversations, Choices and Chances: The Liberal Law School in the Twenty-first Century. Hart Publishing. 

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