New Head of Law at Roehampton

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2023

The Faculty of Business and Law is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Judith Bourne as Head of Law School. Judith joins us from St Mary's University, Twickenham London, where she was the former Head of Law, Criminology and Politics.

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Judith said “I’m delighted to have joined the University of Roehampton and am grateful for the warm welcome I have received from my new colleagues. I am looking forward to working on new initiatives and enhancing the great work that has already been established".

Judith's research focuses on first women lawyers and feminist perspectives on Law. She is the co-author of textbooks on women & law and gender & law, as well as the author of "Helena Normanton and the Opening of the Bar to Women" (Waterside Press). Judith has contributed to the Law Society Gazette, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as well as other chapters and articles, along with the editorship pf journal special editions. Her next publication is an edited collection with the University of Westminster Press, ‘The Long Walk to Equality: Perspectives on Racial Inequality, Injustice and the Law’. Judith has also curated exhibitions at the Inner Temple and Gray’s Inn.

Whilst at St Mary’s, Judith set up the Centre for Law and Culture that convened "The First Women Lawyers Symposia", an academic circle of practitioners and academics (both national and international). The purpose of these Symposia was to encourage accurate research into the little recorded history of how women became lawyers. Judith also recently run a student-led prison teaching module pilot and advocates for prisoner higher education.

Judith is passionate about legal education, especially educational standards, student care, and staff development and wellbeing. She has played a significant role in legal education across the sector and has taught a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional legal education courses.

Prior to completing a doctorate from King's College, London and moving into academia, Judith practiced as a barrister (Lincoln's Inn). She continues to be an Associate Member of Normanton Chambers (unregistered). She is an Honorary Academic Bencher at the Inner Temple.

We wish you all the best at Roehampton Judith.