Mr James Greenwood-Reeves

Mr James Greenwood-Reeves


I read BA Law at Queens' College, The University of Cambridge, graduating in 2013. I then worked in private legal practice for four years, specialising in Wills, trusts and estate planning. I taught trusts and inheritance tax modules for the Society of Will Writers' College of Will Writing.

I joined the School of Law at the University of Leeds in 2017 to study MSc Security and Justice, graduating in 2018. I am now studying for my PhD in the sociolegal and constitutional theory of violent protest, supervised by Dr Conor O'Reilly and Dr Jen Hendry. By virtue of being awarded a Teaching and Research Scholarship, I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant, delivering seminars in Foundations of Law, Constitutional Law, and Law and Society modules.

Research interests

My PhD research focuses on violent protest. In particular, I am studying the democratic constitutional foundations for peaceful protest, and how these contrast to the prohibitions on violence in political protest, drawing upon jurisprudential, sociolegal and constitutional theory. I am interested in protest, theories of violence, democratic dialogue, activism, and political theory. 

I also have research interests in security and justice, including security networks and surveillance.


  • MSc Security and Justice (Leeds)
  • BA Law (Cantab)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice