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Rachel Horton

  • School Academic Disability Representative
  • Coordinates the annual student negotiation competition
  • Co-Director of Widening Participation

Areas of interest

  • Discrimination Law
  • Health Care 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


Rachel joined the Law School in 2005 having previously practiced as a solicitor specialising in employment and discrimination law. Her research interests are in equality and non-discrimination law, particularly in relation to health and access to health care and to employment.

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. Previously, she has also acted as the Specialist Advisor on the Equality Act 2010 to the Women and Equalities Committee of the House of Commons.

Academic qualifications

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

Conference papers

  • ‘Exceptionality and Equality’ – a paper presented at ‘A Community of Healthcare Lawyers; a symposium in honour of Professor Chris Newdick’ University of Reading, April 2022; ‘Assisted Dying and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ presented at the Society of Legal Scholars Conference (online) 1 September 2020.
  • '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


  • Horton R. and Box, G. (2023) ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and the Gender Pay Gap in the UK – Beyond the Law’ in Hamilton, F. and Griffiths, E. (eds.) The Evolution of the Gender Pay Gap – A Comparative Perspective (Routledge)


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