LLB Hons (Lancaster), LLM (Lancaster), PhD (Lancaster). Julia began her academic career as a lecturer in law at the University of Lancaster, after being awarded an Iredell Trust Research Scholarship by the university to complete a doctoral thesis on law and applied moral philosophy. From Aston University, where she was appointed as Director of Legal Studies, Julia joined Leicester DMU Law School where she holds a Chair in Law and Social Justice, is a core member of the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity, and acts as 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 and Associate Editor of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, and 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 has completed a research monograph, 'Law and the Passions: Narratives of feeling in the administration of justice' for Routledge to be published in 2019, and has also finished co-authored monograph 'Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Justice and the Global Food Supply Chain’ on social justice in relation to food poverty, public policy, law and sustainability, also with Routledge, for publication in 2019.