Areas of interest
Constitutional law, in particular the law of parliament and the relations between the parliaments and assemblies in the United Kingdom. Her chapter, "The application of civil and criminal law to members of Parliament and parliamentary proceedings", in The Law and Parliament ed. by Oliver and Drewry (1998) was cited by the Court of Appeal in R v Chaytor  EWCA Crim 1910
Research centres and groups
Professor Leopold is a member of the Study of Parliament Group.
- "Standards of Conduct in Public Life" chap 18 in Jowell and Oliver (eds) The Changing Constitution 7th edition due for publication in summer 2011
- Evidence to the Committee on Standards of Conduct in Public Life 2009
- "The Westminster" Parliament's System of Financial Scrutiny" pp 1-15 in La Funzione finanziaria Del Parlamento: Un Confronto tra italia e Gran Bretagna edited by Guilian Carboni (2009)
- "Devolution and Parliament with Particular Reference to the United Kingdom" pp 137-146 in Proceess di devolutione transizioni constituzionali negli Stati initari (dal Regno Unito all'Europa) edited by Torre (2007)
- "Standards of Conduct in Public Life" chap 17 pp 407-428 in Jowell and Oliver (eds) The Changing Constitution 6th edition (2007)
- Gay and Leopold eds. Conduct Unbecoming: The Regulation of Parliamentary Behaviour. (2004), 360 pages and appendix. Co-editor and author of Chap. 6 pp 213-264 "The Regulation of Standards of Conduct in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland" ; Chap. 8 pp 299-339 "Standards of Conduct in the House of Lords" ; "Conclusion" pp 331-360
- "Reform of the House of Lords ¨The Way Ahead" pp 277-306 in Vol 2 of La Constituzione Britannica edited by Torre (2005)
- "Experiments with Autonomy in the United Kingdom since 1998" pp 503-524 in Beyond a One-Dimentional State: An emerging Right to Autonomy? Ed by Zelim Skurbaty (2005).
- "Regno Unito" (The Constitution of the United Kingdom) pp 711-735 in Le Costituzioni Dei Paesi Dell Unione Europea edited by Prat, Cassella and Combo, 2nd ed (2002)
- "Asymmetrical Devolution in a Unitary State", (approx 8000 words) published (in 2002) in a book of essays in Chinese. This is an expanded version of a paper presented by her in Beijing in June 2001
Professor Leopold joined the University of Reading as a lecturer in 1974, being promoted to a senior lecturer in 1991 and to a personal Chair in 2006. She was Head of the School of Law from 2004 to 2009 and retired from the University in September 2010. She continues on a part time basis to work on School alumni relations, assist with the running of negotiation, client interviewing and mediation competitions for students, and help with student employability and the School Pro Bono activities.
She is a Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB) representative taking part in validations and reviews of university law programmes and an external examiner for the University of Southampton.