Dr Jen Hendry

Dr Jen Hendry


I completed my PhD in Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (2009), before which I studied at the University of Glasgow (LLB Hons, 2002) and the University of Edinburgh (LLM, 2003). Before joining the School of Law in September 2009 I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Tilburg Institute for Comparative & Transnational Law at Tilburg University.

I have been a visiting research scholar at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law (2015), the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (2013), and the University of Sydney’s Department of Philosophy (2011). For second semester 2018/19 I am a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law's Centre for Comparative & Public Law (CCPL).

I co-direct the Centre for Law & Social Justice (L&SJ) with Michael Thomson.


  • Director, Centre for Law & Social Justice

Research interests

My research interests are in the fields of social and legal theory, socio-legal studies, and comparative legal studies. I am currently writing on issues of Indigenous justice, legal culture, and legal pluralism, and on theoretical and comparative perspectives on civil/criminal procedural hybrids, specifically civil recovery. I also write on systems theory and autopoiesis.

From 2013-2019 I served on the Executive Committee of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), the final two years as Vice-Chair.

I am a member of the ESRC peer review college and the senior editorial board of the German Law Journal.

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  • PhD, European University Institute
  • MRes, European University Institute
  • LLM, University of Edinburgh
  • LLB (Hons), University of Glasgow

Professional memberships

  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • German Law Journal Editorial Board

Student education

I am the module coordinator for both the level 2 core module Law and Society and the Theories of Social Justice module on the new Law & Social Justice LLM. Further information on this programme can be found here.

I supervise PhD research in the fields of legal and social theory, socio-legal studies, and comparative legal studies. I currently supervise two postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and have successfully supervised four doctoral scholars to completion:

  • Dr Moa Näsström
  • Dr George Wilson
  • Dr Michael Randall
  • Dr Louisa Ashley



Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Law and Social Justice

Current postgraduate researchers

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