Professor Iyiola Solanke

Professor Iyiola Solanke


I am a Professor of EU Law and Social Justice in the School of Law where I research and teach on EU Law, Discrimination Law, Race and Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). My research is socio-legal, historical and comparative.

I graduated from the London School of Economics with a PhD in Law. I joined the School of Law at the University of Leeds in 2010. In 2017, I was elected an Academic Bencher of Inner Temple and appointed a member of the Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE). I founded the Temple Women’s Forum North in 2013 to extend the outreach work of Inner and Middle Temples to legal professionals in the North and North East. 

I am a Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University Law School and I have been a Visiting Professor at Science Po, Grenoble in France. I have held Fellowships at the University of Michigan Law School (Ann Arbor, USA), Pompeu Fabra Universidad (Barcelona, Spain), the University of Sydney Law School (Sydney, Australia), McGill University Law School (Montreal, Canada) and at New Hall, Cambridge University. In 2018 I was a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and also a Visiting Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, working with STRIPED on weight stigma and anti-weight discrimination law.

In addition to numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, my published work includes a textbook on EU Law (Pearson 2015) as well as two monographs: ‘Making Anti-Racial Discrimination Law (Routledge 2011) and ‘Discrimination as Stigma – A Theory of Anti-Discrimination Law’ (Hart 2017). I am also an Editor on ‘Eutopialaw’ run by Matrix Chambers.


  • Management of Teaching and Research

Research interests

My research interests fall in the fields of EU integration and racial integration.  I write on race and racism, anti-discrimination law and intersectional discrimination, social movements, the judiciary in Europe and EU governance.  My work is historical, empirical and socio-legal. 

Previous research projects have focused on the impact of separate opinions on judicial authority, the Advocate General in the  CJEU,  social action and legal reform; cause lawyering; and black and migrant women in European welfare states.

I organise an international forum which investigates black experiences of policing in the EU and the Black Female Professors Forum to promote black women in academia. I sit on the General Council of the International Society for Public Law (ICON-S).

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  • PhD Law (LSE)
  • MSc European Social Policy (LSE)
  • PG Cert Higher Education (UEA)
  • BA (Hons) (Comb) (Lon)

Professional memberships

  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE)
  • Black Female Professors Forum
  • International Society for Public Law

Student education

I am the module leader for the LLB EU Law and the LLM module on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

I also contribute to the LLB course: EU Law, Race and the Law, Discrimination Law.

Research groups and institutes

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