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Dr Jens M. Scherpe - Director

Jens ScherpeJens is Reader in Comparative Law at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He also is an Honorary Fellow of St. John's College/Hong Kong and an Academic Door Tenant at Queen Elizabeth Building, London. Before coming to Cambridge, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg/Germany. He specialises in comparative law and particularly comparative family law. Jens 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 and the Catholic University of Leuven. 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 cohabitants, same-sex relationships, the legal status of transgender and transsexual persons and marital agreements. In 2016 he edited  a four volume book set on European Family Law, including a monograph on ‘The Present and Future of European Family Law'.

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Joanna Miles – Deputy Director

Joanna is 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.

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Dr Claire Fenton-Glynn

Claire is a University Lecturer and Fellow in Law at Jesus College, University of Cambridge. She specialises in human rights and the protection of children, in particular focusing on issues such as intercountry adoption, international surrogacy, and cross-border child protection, as well as children's rights under the European Court of Human Rights. At the core of this research is the interaction between international and regional human rights instruments and domestic law, and the way in which these frameworks can be used to implement children's 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.

Claire has worked as a consultant on issues concerning child protection, human rights, and rule of law with organisations such as the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Union, Save the Children and Avocats sans Frontières.

Claire's full biography and list of publications is available here

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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 and Scotland.

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