Ruth Tweedale

Ruth Tweedale LLB, LPC

Senior Lecturer in Law

Ruth Tweedale joined Greenwich as a Senior Lecturer in Law in March 2021.  Prior to this she was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton.  She qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and is a specialist in family law and women’s rights having held the position of Senior Legal Officer at Rights of Women, a leading women’s legal rights charity.  She is currently writing her thesis which is a structural feminist legal analysis of the family justice system: child contact and domestic violence.  Ruth is the Chair of the domestic and sexual violence charity the Nia Project.  Ruth is a passionate feminist and women’s rights advocate.


Responsibilities within the university

  • Module Leader for Family Law
  • Module Leader for Problem Solving and the Law
  • Joint Module Leader for Law of Evidence


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chairperson: The Nia Project– East London’s leading Charity to ending male violence against women. Dedicated to providing services and support to survivors and campaigning. (Former board member) 2012 to date
  • External Examiner: University of Westminster

Research / Scholarly interests

Law/Family law

  • Child arrangements and domestic violence
  • Structural feminist legal analysis of the Family Justice System
  • Women’s legal rights
  • Male Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Access to justice
  • Rape and sexual offences

Funded Research Projects

Recent publications

PhD Research; Tweedale, R (Forthcoming in October 2022), A feminist legal analysis of the Family Justice System of England and Wales: Child contact, domestic violence and women’s rights

Tweedale, R (2021), A radical feminist legal analysis of Child Arrangements and Domestic Violence. Book Chapter: Bradbury-Jones, C & Isham, L. Understanding Gender Based Violence (Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021)

Tweedale, R (2019), She is never asking to be raped – A practical legal discussion on the link between rape myths and the Judiciary in England and Wales. Ebook, II European Conference on Domestic Violence, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Porto

Tweedale, R, (2018), Book review, Carline, A & Easteal, P. Shades of Grey – Domestic and Sexual Violence against Women, Law Reform and Society (Routledge). Child and Family Law Quarterly, 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 4, Pages 437 - 441

Tweedale, R., 2015, Family Law Week: Save Legal Aid, Save Lives

Larasai, M, Roy, S & Tweedale, R. (2014), ‘This is not my destiny’: Forced marriage, the law and lessons learned from women survivors

Coy, M, Perks, K, Scott, E & Tweedale, R. (2012),  ‘Picking Up the Pieces: domestic violence and child contact’. London: Rights of Women

Rights of Women (2010), Measuring Up? UK Compliance with international commitments on violence against women and girls in England and Wales


Tweedale, R (2021), ‘Contact at all costs’: Is the Family Justice System failing to protect children from violent parents? Paper presented at the Safeguarding Young Adults and Adolescents Conference, Health Care Conferences UK, Virtual

Tweedale, R (2021), Is the law male?’. Paper presented at Queens Women’s Common Room, Queens University Belfast

Tweedale, R (2019, Sept.),  A feminist legal analysis of the Family Justice System (England and Wales): Child contact, domestic violence and women’s rights. Paper presented at the European Conference on Domestic Violence, Oslo, Norway

Tweedale, R (2017, Sept.), How to solve the problem of rape convictions? A practical legal perspective on the causal link between rape myths and the failure of the British Criminal Justice System to increase rape convictions. Paper presented at the European Conference on Domestic Violence, Lisbon, Portugal

Ingalas Smith, K, Tweedale, R & Varey (2018), Why doesn’t she just leave? Equality, Gender Justice and Femicide: debunking myths and empowering women and girls. University of Roehampton, International Women’s Day event, London, United Kingdom