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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.

Applying for Academic Fellowship of the Inner Temple

The Academic Fellowship Scheme seeks to build stronger ties with legal academics at universities across England and Wales. It also aims to recognise the outstanding contribution of legal teaching and research of early to mid-career academics to the profession. The honorary non-remunerated post will last for three years, with twelve Academic Fellows in any given year.

Academic Fellowship is conferred on notable early or mid-career academics with teaching roles who are not practising members of the Bar.

Download more information about the role of an Academic Fellow here.

Selection Committee Criteria:

Academic Fellows may come from any academic discipline but their work must contribute to the study of law, and their teaching to the education of future legal practitioners.

Your CV and covering letter will be scored against the following criteria:

  • Active teaching role with high level of interaction with students
  • Legal research area of interest to members of the Inn, in particular student members for Qualifying Sessions
  • Willingness to contribute positively to the Inn; evidence of commitment to strengthening the legal professions
  • Ability to represent the Bar and Inn positively to a diverse audience with the skills and capabilities to succeed at the Bar
  • High-calibre research with practical impact; Inn’s ability to help encourage the research area(s)

We aim to ensure a balance of institutions and legal research areas. Please view our current fellows here:

Are you eligible?

  • If you are not a member of one of the Inns of Court
  • You have less than 15 years of work experience in an academic post.
  • If you are currently teaching or carrying out research at a UK based University

Please send your CV (no longer than five pages) and your covering letter (no longer than two pages) to:


Applications will be rejected if they are not submitted to the above email address by:

Deadline has now been extended to 5pm on 15 September 2017


Candidates are notified in October. You will be formally announced on 13 November at a Readers Lecture series event. We ask that you keep this evening free, should you be selected. 

Biographies of Academic Fellows

Dr Vanja Hamzic

Vanja Hamzic is a Senior Lecture in legal History and Legal Anthropology at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, SOAS, University of London. He holds two First Class Honours degrees from the University of Sarajevo, an LLM with Distinction in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham and a PhD from King’s College London. He has worked as an activist and researcher with various international and civil society organisations. Vanja is a co-founder and former Co-Chair of the Centre for Ottoman Studies.

Vanja’s legal, anthropological and historical research primarily revolves around human subjectivity formation and insurrectionary vernacular knowledge, with the principal fieldwork sites in Pakistan, Indonesia and Egypt. He also specialises in Islamic legal traditions with a focus on Seljuk, Mamluk, Ottoman and Mughal laws and social norms.

Vanja currently teaches Human Rights and Islamic Law, Law and Society in the Middle East and North Africa and Legal Systems of Asia and Africa.

Dr Insa Koch

Insa Koch joined the LSE as an assistant professor in law and anthropology in 2014. Prior to joining the law department, Insa trained as a lawyer and an anthropologist at LASE and completed a Dphil at the University of Oxford. She worked as a LSE Fellow in the department of Anthropology for two years. Insa has been the recipient of a number of grants, including from the Wenner-gren Foundation.

Insa is interested to bring anthropology into dialogue with criminology legal theory and social legal students her doctoral dissertation offered an ethnographic assessment of the states-citizen relation on a council state in England. This allowed her to explore how vernacular idea of citizenships, political and law come into conflict with social and legal policy. Insa next research project is concerned with cuts legal aid and its implication for access to justice in the UK.

Dr Yue Shuang Ang

Yue S Ang is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Oxford Brooks University. She joined the School of Law in September 2012. Yue was previously a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Yue completed her undergraduate at the University of Westminster and earned a Masters at University College London.

 Yue specialises in legal theory and researches into outsourcing abuses, the socio-economic rights of labours, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance, contemporary legal theory and social philosophy and normativity. Yue is a visiting scholar with the Vulnerability and the Huma Condition Initiative at Emory University, Atlanta, US.

Emma Jones

Emma joined the school of law as a lecturer in law in December 2014 at the Open University. Emma’s first degree was a BA (Joint Hons) in law and politics. She then went on to complete the LPC and qualified as a solicitor in 201. After several years working in construction law, Emma retrained as a teacher having taught in both further and higher education.

Emma has an MA in Politics and Contemporary History and a MSC in Construction Law and Arbitration. She is a member of the Socio-legal Studies and Association, the Association of Law Teacher and has recently become a member of the Society of Legal Scholars’ sub-committee on legal education.

Emma is currently completing a PhD these on the role of emotion in undergraduate legal education. Her main areas of interest are legal education, law and emotion and multiple intelligences and emotional intelligence including law and empathy and law student wellbeing. 

Dr Alison Lui

Dr Alison Lui is a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Dr. Lui obtained her LL.B (European Legal Studies) from the University of Bristol. She holds a LL.M (Corporate and Commercial Law) at the London School of Economics and a doctorate degree from the University of Liverpool. Dr. Lui qualified as a Solicitor and practised commercial law before joining LJMU. She teaches a number of business related modules on the LL.B, LL.M and LPC programmes. She is the Employability Officer in Law and LL.B (Sandwich Year) Placement tutor. Alison’s research interests are predominantly in financial regulation and corporate governance. She has published articles and book chapters.

Her monograph “Financial stability and prudential regulation: A comparison between the regulators and central banks of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia and Germany” will be published in 2016 with Routledge. She has also appeared in radio programmes. Alison has won a number of awards to date. In 2010, she was runner-up in the British Federation of Women Graduates Travel Bursary Competition. In 2011, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship. A year later, she was a joint winner of a Higher Education Authority grant for employability and social media. In 2013, she was awarded an LJMU Early Career Researcher Fellowship. Alison won a Max Planck Society Scholarship in 2015, which enables her to spend three months at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg to conduct research into financial regulation

Dr Adaeze Okoye 

Dr Adaeze Okoye is a senior lecturer in law at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she teaches company law and jurisprudence. She is also the staff coordinator for mooting.Prior to that, she was a lecturer at Aberystwyth University and a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) at the University of Hull. She completed her undergraduate degree in law at the University of Benin, Nigeria and her master’s degree at the University of Dundee, Scotland (Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy - CEPMLP). She also holds a PhD in law from the University of Hull. Adaeze is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Her research interests include law and corporate social responsibility (CSR), oil and gas transnational litigation, human rights and the environment. Adaeze has published a number of journal articles on law and CSR, corporate governance and transboundary oil and gas resource disputes. Her first monograph on legal approaches and corporate social responsibility will be published by Routledge (research in corporate law series) in early 2016.

Adaeze is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), an alumni of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) workshop, Harvard Law School and a visiting fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), London (October 2015 - April 2016).

Dr Tarun Khaitan 

Dr Tarun Khaitan is an Associate Professor at the Oxford Law Faculty and the Hackney Fellow in Law at Wadham College, Oxford. He is also an Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. He graduated with a BA LLB Hons from the National Law School, Bangalore in 2004. He then came to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and completed his postgraduate studies (BCL, MPhil, DPhil) at Exeter College. Before joining Wadham, he was the Penningtons Student (Fellow) in Law at Christ Church, Oxford.

Dr Khaitan’s research interests include public law, human rights law, discrimination law and jurisprudence, with a special focus on the Indian and English legal systems. His work has been published in leading British law journals, including the Law Quarterly Review, the Modern Law Review and the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. He is a regular columnist for Indian broadsheets. His article on the judicial use of the concept of dignity, entitled ‘Dignity as an Expressive Norm’ (2012), is, according to the journal’s website, one of the fifty mostcited articles published by the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (as of 1st October 2015). Oxford University Press published his monograph entitled A Theory of Discrimination Law in 2015. Professor Leslie Green, Professor of the Philosophy of Law at Oxford,described this book as ‘an engaging, and engaged, work on an important area of law, by one of the most interesting new voices in legal theory’.

Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler 

Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler is a Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading, where he is a member of the Global Law at Reading research group (GLAR). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Working Paper Series, Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London and a Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Ruvi is also a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute, analysing the treatment of African asylum seekers in Israel as part of the Institute's Democratic Principles project. Ruvi's areas of research interest include Citizenship & Electoral Rights, International Refugee Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and International Humanitarian Law. His forthcoming booking, 'Voting Rights of Refugees',will be published by Cambridge University Press. Previously, Ruvi was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic and with the Human Rights Program; a Tutor in Public International Law at the University of Oxford; and a legal advising officer at the Israel Defence Forces' Legal Counselor's Office (mandatory military service). Ruvi holds DPhil, MPhil, and BCL degrees from the University of Oxford; an LLM (with specialisation in public law) from Hebrew University; and an LLB, BA (Economics) from the University of Haifa. He was called to the Israeli bar in 2003.

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.

 Dr 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 Senior 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.