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 Hong Kong Faculty of Law's Centre for Comparative & Public Law (2019), 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). 

I am currently an Academic Associate of 23ES Chambers, and an Affiliated Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory (mpilhlt, Frankfurt), on the collaborative Research Network Socio-Legal Trajectories in Germany and the UK: Cultures, Actors, and Institutions

At the School of Law I am a member of the Centre for Law and Social Justice (L&SJ). I was L&SJ Co-Director for four years (2017-2021).

I am currently an AHRC Leadership Fellow (October 1 2019 – April 31 2022) undertaking research on the project ‘Everyday Challenges to the Rule of Law: The Case of Civil/Criminal Procedural Hybrids’.

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 and knife crime. 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 AHRC and ESRC peer review colleges, and an Editor-in-Chief 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, Editors-in-Chief
  • 23ES Chambers
  • Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

Student education

I am the module coordinator of the level 2 core module Law & Society and I also lecture on the level 1 core module Foundations of Law. In the past few years I have also led the level 3 elective module Concept of Law and the LLM module Theories of Law and Social Justice.

I supervise doctoral research in the fields of legal and social theory, socio-legal studies, and comparative legal studies. I am particularly interested in supervising work taking theoretical perspectives on civil/criminal hybrid procedures (such as two-step prohibitions), legal pluralism, and issues of Indigenous justice. I currently supervise two postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and have successfully supervised five doctoral researchers to completion:

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

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Law and Social Justice

Current postgraduate researchers

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