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Inner Temple Academic Fellows

The Academic Fellowship Scheme aims to recognise the outstanding contribution of legal teaching and research of early to mid-career academics to the Bar of England and Wales. It also aims to support their research and to build stronger ties between barristers and legal academia.

The Sub-Treasurer, Patrick Maddams, said:

“Since its foundation, a core function of the Inner Temple has been legal education. Today, many of our leading legal academics are members of the Inn. We are delighted to welcome these ‘academics to watch’ to the Inner Temple community and look forward to working with them in coming years. They will be joining some of the top senior barristers, judges and international leaders today.”

The Inn works closely with universities across the UK to provide information on the profession to aspiring entrants and those who teach them. Last year, the Inner Temple reached over 1600 university students and hundreds of legal academics and tutors.

For more information on the Academic Fellows Scheme and other activities for legal academics, please contact Struan Campbell.

Biographies of Academic Fellows

Dr Yvonne McDermott

Dr Yvonne McDermott - a Lecturer in Law at Bangor University and the School of Law’s Director of Teaching and Learning as well as joint Director of the Bangor Centre for International Law.

Dr McDermott’s research includes international criminal law, international criminal procedure, human rights and the law of evidence. She has a particular interest in fair trial rights and has recently been contracted by the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe to train judges and lawyers in Tbilisi, Georgia, on the right to a fair trial.

Having co-edited ‘The Ashgate Research Companion to International Criminal Law: Critical Perspectives’ and ‘The Challenge of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future’, Dr McDermott has also published a number of chapters and journal articles. Her first monograph, Fairness in International Criminal Trials, will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2015.

 Shazia Choudhry

Shazia Choudhry is Reader in Law at Queen Mary, University of London and is currently teaching family law.

Shazia’s research interests focus on the interface between family law and human rights. A particular area of interest includes the impact of the Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on forced marriage, honour based violence and domestic violence in general.

Shazia has published two books including her monograph (with Professor Jonathan Herring), ’European Human Rights and Family Law’, which was shortlisted for the Inner Temple Main Book Prize in 2011.

Shazia is a qualified solicitor and previously practised family law within the legal aid sector. She is currently Special Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Violence Against Women.

 Dr Colin King 

Dr Colin King is Senior Lecturer at University of Sussex. Prior to that, he was a lectrer at the University of Manchester (2012 - 2014). Dr King was also a Lecturer in Criminal Law and Evidence at the University of Leeds (2009 - 2012) and Director of the University of Leeds Innocence Project. His teaching is in the areas of: Criminal Law; Criminal Evidence; and Financial Crime. His research focuses on civil recovery (NCB forfeiture), particularly in Ireland, the UK, the EU, and with reference to the ECHR.

He is co-editor of Dirty Assets: Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets (King and Walker, Ashgate, 2014). Also with Clive Walker, Colin received funding from the AHRC to establish an international, multi-disciplinary network entitled Dirty Assets: Experiences, reflections, and lessons learnt from a decade of legislation on criminal money laundering and terrorism financing. In 2013, Colin acted as National Expert (Ireland) for a study commissioned by the European Commission, entitled: ‘Study on paving the way for future policy initiatives in the field of the fight against organised crime – effectiveness of specific criminal law measures targeting organised crime’.

He completed his PhD – The Confiscation of Criminal Assets: Tackling Organised Crime Through a Middleground System of Justice – at the University of Limerick, Ireland (2010). In January 2015, Colin will take up a position as Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex.

 Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos is Associate Dean (Student Welfare) at the College of Business, Arts & Social Sciences at Brunel University London, and a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Research Centre at Brunel Law School, where he teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, Comparative Criminal Procedure and Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights.

Dr Giannoulopoulos’ research provides cross-cultural analysis of criminal justice systems, with a focus on indigenous cosmopolitan attitudes and local resistance to international pressures for human rights reform. His comparative research concentrates on the criminal justice systems of England, France, Greece and the United States. Key themes explored in Dr Giannoulopoulos’ research include improperly obtained evidence, electronic surveillance, police interrogation and suspects’ rights in Europe and beyond. Dimitrios is currently working on his monograph on ‘Improperly Obtained Evidence in Anglo-American and Continental Law’ (with Hart Publishing).

Dimitrios is a qualified barrister (Athens Bar Association). He holds a PhD from the Doctoral School of Comparative Studies at the Sorbonne Law School (Paris I) and Masters degrees in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure from the University of Athens, University of Aix-Marseille III and Brunel University London.

Dimitrios has appeared on TV and has commented on current affairs for the BBC, the Guardian and the Independent. He has also offered consultation to policy and governmental experts in the UK and abroad, including security officials from the Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence, and to Parliamentary Committees and the Supreme Court in Greece.

 Dr Jo Braithwaite

Dr Jo Braithwaite is a Lecturer in International Commercial Finance Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before undertaking her doctorate and joining the Department of Law at LSE, she practised as a solicitor at a City law firm. Dr Braithwaite teaches a variety of LLB and LLM courses, including the Law and Practice of International Finance, and Banking Law.

Dr Braithwaite’s current research interests relate to the use of private law in the international markets, with a particular focus on the use of standard form contracts and regulatory reform in the OTC derivatives markets. She has also undertaken research into the legal profession, and presented her findings about diversity at the Department of Constitutional Affairs (as it then was).

Jo obtained a doctorate from the University of London, where she was awarded a Modern Law Review Scholarship. She also holds a LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Thouron scholar, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford.

Dr des Eddie Bruce-Jones

Dr des Eddie Bruce-Jones is a Lecturer at Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, where he teaches EU Law and a number of postgraduate courses. He was previously a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London and a non-resident doctoral researcher at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Dr des Bruce Jones’ research interests include comparative anti-discrimination law, human rights, international refugee law and prison studies. Eddie is presently researching comparative European anti-discrimination regimes. He is investigating the use of independent commissions. He is a co-ordinator and comparative law specialist for The Independent Commission on the Death of Oury Jalloh (on police brutality and due process) in Germany as well as LGBTI Resource Co-ordinator for The Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Network based in Oxford. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Organization for Refuge Asylum & Migration (ORAM), headquartered in San Francisco.

Eddie obtained an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a Juris Doctor from Columbia University, a Master of Laws from King’s College London, and both a Magister Artium and doctorate from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2011 he was selected to participate in the Atlantik-Brücke German-American Young Leaders Programme, and in 2009 he was awarded the Georg Schwarzenberger Prize by the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies for postgraduate performance in international law. Eddie is a member of the New York State Bar.

Dr Maksymilian Del Mar

Dr Maksymilian Del Mar is Senior Lecturer in Law and Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context at Queen Mary, University of London. He teaches Contract Law and Jurisprudence and Legal Theory and is the staff liaison for the Queen Mary Student Bar Society.

Dr Del Mar’s main research interests are in the field of legal theory, and he has published in a large number of related national and international journals. He has a particular interest in common law legal reasoning and its teaching, and last year ran a project funded by the Westfield Fund for Enhancing Student Experience on how certain legal reasoning skills can be developed with the aid of the visual and dramatic arts. He has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for research on the life and work of the late Sir Neil MacCormick.

Maksymilian completed two undergraduate degrees at the University of Queensland, Australia, one in philosophy and literature and the other in law. He also holds two doctorates, one in Law from the University of Edinburgh and one in the Social Sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Before embarking on academic research, he was an Associate to the Hon. Justice Margaret White at the Supreme Court of Queensland, and he qualified and practiced as a solicitor in Brisbane. He joined Queen Mary in July 2011.

Dr James Goudkamp

Dr James Goudkamp is a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and a University Lecturer in the Oxford Law Faculty. He completed undergraduate degrees in science and law at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and postgraduate qualifications, including a doctorate, at Magdalen College, Oxford. He began his academic career as an Associate Lecturer in Law at the University of Wollongong and then worked as an Associate to the Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG of the High Court of Australia. He was then a Lecturer in Law at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, the Shaw Foundation Junior Research Fellow in Law at Jesus College, Oxford, and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, before being appointed to his current post in 2013.

Dr Goudkamp’s main area of research is the law of obligations, particularly tort law, although he has also written on topics in civil procedure and evidence. James has recently published Tort Law Defences (Hart Publishing, 2013) and is a co-editor of Torts in Commercial Law (Thomson, 2011) (with James Edelman and Simone Degeling). He is the author of approximately 40 articles and book chapters. James will be one of the editors of the next edition of Winfield & Jolowicz on Tort (with Edwin Peel).

James holds or has held visiting positions at Harvard Law School, the National University of Singapore, the University of Western Australia and the University of Wollongong. He is the Mooting Co-ordinator at Oxford.

Per Laleng

Per Laleng is a Lecturer at the University of Kent, teaching the Law of Obligations. He was awarded the Social Sciences teaching prize in 2011 for his work as Director of Mooting, a post he has held since 2008. He previously practised at the Personal Injury Bar in Liverpool specialising in industrial disease litigation.

Mr Laleng’s research interests lie predominantly within the law of tort, in particular in relation to the issue of causation. His work in this area led to academic consultancy to the Appellants in Sienkiewicz v Greif (UK) Ltd [2011] UKSC 10. Other research interests include sports law, access to justice and legal reasoning.

Per obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Kent and a Master in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Barbara Lauriat

Dr Barbara Lauriat is Lecturer in Law at King’s College London, where she teaches intellectual property law subjects. Her research is focused on the history of copyright, the relationship between copyright and political ideologies, and the influence of creators on legal developments. In addition to her academic writing, she has published journalistic articles in The Times and appeared on television and radio.   
Dr Lauriat undertook her undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees at Boston University before completing her doctorate at Balliol College, Oxford. She was a Law Clerk to the New Hampshire Superior Court and spent time as a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia. While completing her doctorate, she was Career Development Fellow in Intellectual Property Law in the Faculty of Law and St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Barbara is spending Autumn 2013 visiting as a Global Fellow at New York University School of Law.

Dr David Lowe

Dr David Lowe is Principal Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. Dr Lowe’s research areas are in terrorism, policing, criminal law and human rights.

Dr Lowe is co-authoring Examining Political Violence: Studies in Terrorism, Counterterrorism and Internal War (with Dilip Das and Austin Turk, 2013). He has written numerous book chapters and reviews. He is currently making arrangements for EU funding into a research project examining the funding of terrorist activity to commence in 2014.

David was a police officer with the Merseyside Police in the Criminal Investigations Department, mainly in Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Unit. While a detective, he completed his BA and LLB at Liverpool John Moores University before undertaking a MPhil at the University of Liverpool. He was appointed as a Principal Lecturer at LJMU in 2007 and completed his PhD there in 2010.

Dr Ronan McCrea

Dr McCrea is Lecturer in Law at University College London. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Reading, référendaire in the chambers of Advocate General Maduro at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and taught at both the London School of Economics and King's College London. He is a Visiting Professor at Central European University in Budapest (Hungary). He was Prince of Wales Scholar of Gray's Inn and after completing pupillage at Matrix Chambers, he worked as Legal Officer for the Refugee Legal Centre in London and as a legal advisor to Liberty and the Brennan Center for Justice (New York).

His current research focuses on the relationship between religion and law, comparative constitutional law, and the status of fundamental rights within the legal order of the EU. His recent work includes Religion and the Public Order of the European Union (OUP 2010), which was the winner of the Research Endowment Trust Fund Prize and was shortlisted for the John Birks Memorial Prize.

He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (LLB) and the London School of Economics (MSc, PhD) and was called to the Bar of the Republic of Ireland in 2011.

Joanna Miles

Joanna Miles is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge, and Director of Studies and Fellow in Law at Trinity College, Cambridge. She is an Academic Door Tenant at 1 Hare Court.

Her research focus is on family law, especially the legal regulation of adult relationships, family property law and financial remedies on relationship breakdown and death. She is co-author with Sonia Harris-Short of Family Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (2nd edition, OUP 2011). She is an Assistant Editor of the Child and Family Law Quarterly and an elected member of the Executive Council of the International Society of Family Law.

Prior to her appointments in Cambridge, she was a College Lecturer at Christ Church and Lincoln College, Oxford. She took a two-year secondment as a team lawyer to the Law Commission for England and Wales in 2005 to work on the Cohabitation project.

Ms Miles is a graduate of the University of Nottingham (LLB) and University of Cambridge (LLM).

Dr Andrew Scott

Dr Scott is Senior Lecturer at the London School of Economics. He previously held an appointment at Norwich Law School, University of East Anglia and visiting appointments at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Muenster and Universität Trier (Germany)

Dr Scott’s research interests lie in the fields of media law and regulation, constitutional law and competition law. He is a co-author of Merger Control in the United Kingdom (OUP 2006) and Carter-Ruck on Libel and Privacy (6th edition, LexisNexis 2010). He is currently working on Antitrust and the Media (with Michael Harker) and Newsgathering: Journalism, the Public Interest and the Law (with Gavin Millar QC).

He is General Editor of Sweet & Maxwell Encyclopedia of Competition Law, and a member of the editorial boards of Communication Law and Policy, the European Journal of Law and Technology, and the Journal of Business Law.

Dr Scott read law and accountancy at Queen’s University, Belfast, and completed his doctorate at Cardiff University.

Professor Christian Twigg-Flesner

Professor Christian Twigg-Flesner is Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Hull and also acts as Director of Learning and Teaching and Convenor of the Centre for Trade and Commercial Law. He previously held appointments at the University of Sheffield and Nottingham Trent University. He has also held Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Osnabrück, Bielefeld and Münster (Germany).

Christian's research interests lie broadly in the fields of Commercial Law, Consumer Law and the harmonisation of private law. His recent work includes Europeanisation of Contract Law (Routledge 2008). He is also the author of Consumer Product Guarantees (Ashgate 2003) and Blackstone's Guide to Consumer Sales and Associated Guarantees (with Professor Robert Bradgate, OUP 2003).

He is a member of the Acquis Group and a Fellow of the European Law Institute. He is Editor (Law) of the Journal of Consumer Policy and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Nottingham Law Journal.

Professor Twigg-Flesner read law at the University of Sheffield where he also completed his doctorate.

Dr Paul Wragg

Dr Paul Wragg is a Lecturer at the University of Leeds, having previously lectured at Durham University and having also taught at the University of Birmingham. He is a qualified solicitor and practised across the country prior to his academic career. He is currently the LLB Programme Manager and the School of Law’s Student Employability Enhancement Co-ordinator.

Dr Wragg’s research interests lie in free speech theory and its application to contemporary legal problems, particularly the judicial treatment of privacy and the media. He has published extensively in this area and has spoken at numerous national and international events as well as on TV.  His most recent paper, ‘The Benefits of Privacy-Invading Expression’, delivered to the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2012, was shortlisted for the SLS Best Paper Prize.

Paul obtained both his undergraduate degree and doctorate from the Durham University.