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Rachel Horton

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  • School Academic Disability Representative.
  • Coordinates the annual student negotiation competition.

Areas of interest

Discrimination Law, Employment Law, Gender and Law


Rachel is module convenor for Contract Law and the Writing Credit Pro Bono and Placement Module. She also teaches on the following modules:

  • Employment Law
  • Medical Law
  • Gender and Law
  • Criminal Justice


Rachel joined the Law School in 2005 having previously practiced as a solicitor specialising in employment and discrimination law. Her PhD (2015) explores the legal justification of age discrimination in health care and challenges the arguments that age is 'different' from other characteristics protected by equality legislation. Her research interests also include policy and legislation governing carers in the workplace.

Rachel is the UK gender equality law expert for the European Equality in Law Network - a network of legal experts from 35 countries providing information to the European Commission on gender equality and non-discrimination issues.

Academic qualifications

BA (Oxford), MPhil (Oxford), LLM (Middlesex), PhD (Middlesex), Solicitor (non-practicing)

Conference papers

  • 'Work and Care in the EU - a case for regulation?' presented at the Work and Family Research Network conference, New York, 20 June 2014
  • 'A Dignified Exit? The Dignity and Indignity of Mandatory Retirement' presented at the Middlesex University/Adapt Conference on Vulnerable Workers and Precarious work in a Changing world at Middlesex University, 11 September 2012
  • 'Protection and fault: the role of strict liability in employment regulation' presented at the SLS conference, 9 September 2009

Publications (forthcoming)

  • Almond, P., Horton, R and James G  (2022) ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work in the UK: Current Legal Approaches’ Legal Studies: The Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars