LLB Hons (Lancaster), LLM (Lancaster), PhD (Lancaster). Julia began her academic career at the University of Lancaster where she held a lectureship in law, after having been awarded an Iredell Trust Research Scholarship by the university to complete a doctoral thesis on law and applied moral philosophy. From Aston University Business School, where she was appointed as Director of Legal Studies, Julia joined Leicester De Montfort University Law School in 2007 and is currently a Reader in Social Justice and the School of Law Head of Research Students. She has held visiting lectureships at various international, universities including Nantes, Lyon, Stuttgart and Beijing and has acted as External Examiner for inter alia the University of Buckingham, University of Leeds and the University of Southampton.
Her research is interdisciplinary and spans legal philosophy, legal semiotics, social justice, food justice, law and emotion, literary jurisprudence, human rights, critical legal theory, cyber-law, corporate governance, international law, CSR and sustainability. Julia has chaired and convened both the ‘law and literature’ stream for the Socio-Legal Studies Association annual conference since 2008, and the ‘legal theory’ stream for the annual Critical Legal conference since 2010. She has been invited to present her research at numerous international conferences and seminars, including the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, and has also given many keynote and plenary presentations.
Julia is Associate Editor and founder member of the Social Responsibility Journal, is regularly asked to review articles for a broad selection of law and law-related journals. She has also acted as guest editor on themed special issues, including most recently the Liverpool Law Review: a journal of contemporary legal and social policy issues in 2017. She is the author of a large and diverse range of interdisciplinary academic journal articles and book chapters, and is the author of Jurisprudence published by Pearson; now in its 3rd edition. Julia is completing a 100,000 word manuscript on 'Law and the Passions: A Discrete History' for Routledge to be published in 2018, and is working on a co-authored monograph 'Corporate Social Responsibility: Global Food Supply Chain’ on social justice in relation to food poverty, policy and sustainability, also with Routledge for publication in 2019.