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Prof Jens M. Scherpe - Director

Jens ScherpeJens is a Professor of Comparative Law and Director of International Strategy and Partnerships at the University of Cambridge. He also is a Director of Studies at and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College (Cambridge), Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Honorary Professor at the University of Aalborg and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He also is an Honorary Fellow of St. John's College/Hong Kong and an Academic Door Tenant at Queen Elizabeth Building, London. Jens has held visiting positions in Sydney, Auckland, London, Vienna, Leuven, Barcelona, Padua, Louvain-la-Neuve and Melbourne.

Jens specialises in comparative law and particularly comparative family law and has held visiting positions in many institutions, including the University of Sydney, the University of Auckland, Queen Mary University of London, the University of Vienna, the Catholic University of Leuven and the University of Melbourne. He has acted as consultant in many cases in England, Germany, Hong Kong and Belgium, including Radmacher v Granatino [2009] EWCA Civ 649, Z v Z (No 2) [2011] EWHC 2878 (Fam) and SA v SPH [2011] HKCFI 1649 (HCMC 1/2011) and CACV 99/2012.

His publications include major comparative studies on the legal status of transgender and transsexual persons (2004 and 2015) and the legal status of intersex persons (2018), as well as on cohabitation (2005), same-sex relationships (2000), matrimonial property and marital agreements (2012), registered partnerships (2017) and on ‘Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy’ (2019). In 2016 he also edited a four-volume book set on European Family Law, including a monograph on ‘The Present and Future of European Family Law'.

Since 2020 he is the editor of the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family (IJLPF), published by OUP.

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Joanna Miles – Deputy Director

Joanna is Reader in Family Law & Policy and Fellow in Law at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and an Academic Door Tenant at 1 Hare Court, Temple, London.  She teaches and researches in a wide range of domestic and comparative family law and family justice issues, in particular in the areas of adult family relationships, property and financial remedies. She is the co-author, with Sonia Harris-Short and Rob George, of leading student textbook Family Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (OUP). She worked for two years on the Law Commission for England and Wales's project on Cohabitation, and was a research consultant in the latter stages of its project on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements. She has acted as an academic consultant in family law appeals raising interesting points of law (notably for the wife's successful appeal in Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC 14 and for the husband’s successful defence in Owens v Owens [2018] UKSC 41), and her work has been cited in argument in a number of leading cases. In addition to her extensive doctrinal work, she has undertaken empirical research on several issues, including the impact of the 2006 Scottish cohabitation reforms, public attitudes to child support, financial settlements on divorce, and litigants in person in family law cases.

Joanna's full biography and list of publications are available here

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Dr Claire Fenton-Glynn

Claire is a University Senior Lecturer and Fellow in Law at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

Her research lies in the field of children’s rights, comparative law and international human rights law, and she has published on a wide range of issues including parenthood (especially international surrogacy), child trafficking and children and sustainable development.

She is currently writing a monograph on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights on child rights. Her first book, "Children's Rights in Intercountry Adoption" was awarded the Inner Temple Book Prize for New Authors, as well as the Faculty of Law's Yorke Prize, and has been cited by the Court of Appeal.

Claire is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family. She is an Associate Member of Harcourt Chambers, and an Academic Fellow of Inner Temple, and has worked with organisations such as United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Union, Save the Children, and Avocats Sans Frontieres on issues concerning child protection, human rights, and rule of law.

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Dr Brian Sloan

Brian is a College Lecturer at Robinson College.  He has a wide range of interests within the broad field of family law, including on the topic of care. His first book, Informal Carers and Private Law, won the Faculty of Law's Yorke Prize. He also writes on succession law, the regulation of adult relationships, the application of property law in the domestic sphere, gender recognition and child law (including children's rights). Brian has a particular interest in adoption, and his work in the area has been cited with approval by the UK Supreme Court. He has been an Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) in Cambridge, and held visiting positions at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the University of New South Wales. His research has covered jurisdictions including England and Wales, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Hoing Kong SAR.

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Hilary Woodward

Hilary WoodwardHilary Woodward’s first degree was in Sociology and Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and practised as a family lawyer until 2003, with a specialist accreditation in cohabitation and pensions on divorce issues, and as a family mediator until 2011.

From mid- 2002 to date, Hilary worked as a research or honorary research associate with Bristol, Exeter, Cardiff and Cambridge Universities on various family law projects, including the Nuffield Foundation-funded study of Financial Settlements on Divorce with Jo Miles (Cambridge) and Emma Hitchings (Bristol). She led the Pensions on Divorce study, published in 2014, also funded by the Nuffield Foundation and administered through Cardiff University. Since mid-2017 she has been the CEO of the Pension Advisory Group (PAG), which published its widely acclaimed Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce, aimed primarily at professionals working in the field. This has now been followed by publication with Law for Life of the Survival guide to pensions on divorce, aimed primarily for the divorcing public, but potentially also of interest to non-specialist professionals in the field.

She was delighted to join the Cambridge Faculty of Law, and Cambridge Family Law, on 1 April 2020 as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow.

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