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 Anthony Dursi.
Biographies of Academic Fellows
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.
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.
Mr 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 Magister Artium from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, a Juris Doctor from Columbia University and a Master of Laws from King’s College London. 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 Andrew Francis
Dr Andrew Francis is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Keele University and teaches Public Law, Law & Ethics and Research Methods among others. He is the Alumni Liaison and Careers Liaison Officer and will become the next Head of the School of Law in February 2011. Until recently, he was the Director of the Research Centre for Law, Ethics and Society and the Admissions tutor for Law.
Dr Francis’ research interests include the legal profession, legal education and access to justice, including diversity issues. Recent research includes a project (with Iain McDonald) funded by the Nuffield Foundation exploring the experiences and aspirations of part-time law students. He is in the final stages of a UK Centre for Legal Education (UKCLE)-funded project (with Professor Hilary Sommerlad) that analyses the role that legal work experience plays in mediating access to the profession. Dr Francis is currently working on a book project At the Edge of Law: Divergent and Emergent Models of Legal Professionalism to be published by Ashgate in 2011.
Dr Francis read Law at the University of Birmingham, where he also completed his LLM. He earned his PhD from the University of Glamorgan, which developed into the first major academic analysis of legal executives.
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  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.
James Lee is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches Equity and Trusts and Tort. He is the Director of Careers and was recently appointed as the University of Birmingham’s Bar Circuit Liaison Officer by the Bar Council. Before joining Birmingham in June 2008, James was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Reading. James completed the Bachelor of Civil Law at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was also an undergraduate.
James’ main research interests are in the law of obligations and jurisprudence. The principal theme of his research is the examination of judicial reasoning in superior appellate courts, focusing in particular on the House of Lords and the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. James is the editor of a collection of essays on that subject, entitled From House of Lords to Supreme Court: Judges, Jurists and the Process of Judging (2010, Hart Publishing). The collection comprises papers given at the Society of Legal Scholars Centenary Seminar, which James organised in London in November 2009.
James is also interested in approaches to causation within the law of obligations and in the development of defences to claims in unjust enrichment. In 2007 he was awarded the inaugural Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference Best Paper Prize for his article “Fidelity in interpretation: Lord Hoffmann and the Adventure of the Empty House”, which was subsequently published in Legal Studies. He is currently the Jurisprudence Subject Section Convenor for the SLS.
Dr Catherine MacKenzie
Dr Catherine MacKenzie is a University Lecturer in Law and Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. She has taught Contract, Tort and International Law and currently co-ordinates International Environmental Law on the Cambridge LLM.
In addition to being a Director of Studies at Selwyn College, she is a Research Associate at the University of Oxford. She serves on the University of Cambridge Board of Scrutiny and is a Governor of Newman University College, Birmingham. Dr MacKenzie was previously a Research Fellow in Environmental Law at the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford, and had been employed by Allen & Overy, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
Her research focuses on international law and international environmental law. She has served as a rule of law monitor with the United Nations Mission in Liberia and now advises on women’s legal education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
She graduated from Mansfield College, Oxford, the Inns of Court School of Law, the University of Sydney, and the Australian National University, at which she completed her PhD in law as a Commonwealth Scholar. She was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple and is also a barrister of the High Court of Australia.
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 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.
Dr Iyiola Solanke
Dr Solanke is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds, where she teaches Discrimination Law, Institutional and Constitutional Law of the EU, as well as Internal Market and Competition Law. Dr Solanke earned her MSc in European Social Policy and PhD in Law at the London School of Economics (LSE).
Prior to joining the University of Leeds in 2010, she was a Teaching Fellow and Part-Time Lecturer at the LSE and a Lecturer in Law at the University of East Anglia (UEA). She was also a Jean Monnet Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School and is a Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University Law School.
Dr Solanke's research interests are, broadly speaking, focused on EU integration and racial integration. She writes on anti-discrimination law, intersectionality, the EU judiciary and EU constitutional law. Her work is both empirical and interdisciplinary. Previous research projects have focused on the interaction between social action and legal reform; cause lawyering; and black and migrant women in European welfare states. Her work has appeared in the Modern Law Review, and The Columbia Journal of European Law.
She recently received a British Academy Research Grant for an empirical project on the Advocate General in the European Court of Justice and last year published 'Making Anti-Racial Discrimination Law' (2009, Routledge). She is currently writing a textbook on EU law (2013, Pearson) and organising an international research collaboration on racism, colonialism and law under the auspices of the Law and Society Association (LSA).
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.