Dr Alexander Maine

Lecturer in Law

School/Department: Law, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2796



I joined Leicester Law School in November 2019. I am co-editor of the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Gender Sexuality and the Law. I hold an LLB (Hons) from Newcastle University and a PhD from Northumbria University School of Law. I am co-chair of the University of Leicester LGBTQ Equality Action Group Reviews Editor of the International Journal of Gender Sexuality and Law and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Co-Editor of the Edward Elgar Research Handbooks in Gender and the Law Series.


My research focusses on the intersections of law gender sex and sexuality. I am interested in how the law changes shapes and effects people’s relationships and their sexuality encouraging or discouraging certain forms of sexuality and also the relationship of law and gender paticualrly for transgender people. I primarily research and write on relationship recognition for LGBTQ people and their lived experiences particularly same-sex marriage and civil partnerships informed by queer legal theory analysis. I am co-editor of the forthcoming Edward Elgar Gender Sexuality and Law: A Textbook. I have also published in Law and Literature.

He is Co-Editor of the Edward Elgar Research Handbooks in Gender and the Law Series.




Maine A, ‘Perceptions of Violence and the Self-Regulation of Identity for LGBTQ People in the UK’ (2022) Journal of Criminal Law.

Ashford C and Maine A, ‘Violence and Socio-Legal Interventions in Gender and Sexuality’ (2022) Journal of Criminal Law.

Maine A, ‘Queering Marriage: The Homoradical and Anti-Normativity’ (2022) 11(1) Laws 1.

Ashford C and Maine A, Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and Law (Edward Elgar, 2020).

Book chapters

Ashford C, Maine A, Zago G, Normative Behaviour, Moral Boundaries, and the State in Ashford C and Maine A (eds), Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and Law (Edward Elgar, 2020) 409

Maine A, The Hierarchy of Marriage and Civil Partnerships: Diversifying Relationship Recognition in Hamilton F and Noto La Diega G (eds) Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change (Routledge, 2020) 209


Maine A, Queer(y)ing Consummation: An Empirical Reflection on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 and the role of Consummation [2021] CFLQ 143

Maine A, Bareback Sex, PrEP, National AIDS Trust v NHS England and the Reality of Gay Sex (2019) 23(8) Sexualities 1362-1377.

Maine A, Pet Lamb and Clothed Hyena: Law as an Oppressive Force in Jane Eyre (2019) 1(1) Student Journal of Professional Practice and Academic Research 9

Maine A, 'The Theatre as a Suitable Place for Jurisprudential Reflection' (2016) 4 North East Law Review 12


Student Law Office, Policy Clinic, Northumbria University, Law School, What procedural and/or legal issues may prevent victims of domestic abuse from successfully obtaining an enforceable Family Court order to protect them from future abuse? Research report for Northumbria University and the Office for Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, August 2019

Other Media

Maine A, 'Argument over funding HIV PrEP drug reveals reluctance to tackle the realities of gay sex' The Independent (19th November 2016, London)



I am keen to receive expressions of interest for PhD supervision in areas of Family Law and Gender Sexuality and Law with a particular focus on relationship recognition queer legal theory sexuality and the lived experience of LGBTQ people.


Law Justice and Society Family Law and Gender Sexuality and Law.

Press and media

Same-sex marriage civil partnerships equality discrimination LGBTQ


University of Leicester Superstar Awards ‘Best Personal Tutor’ (Nominee) 2021

Northumbria University Student-Led Teaching Awards ‘Outstanding Lecturer in Business and Law’ (Nominee) 2019

Kendal Town Council Award for Humanities 2012


LLB (Hons) Newcastle University (2015)

PhD Northumbria University (2020)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (awarded 2020)

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