Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

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Dr Jen Hendry

Associate Professor in Law and Social Justice

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).

I am the Deputy Postgraduate Research Tutor for the School of Law, and the Leeds University lead for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Socio-Legal Studies Pathway http://wrdtc.ac.uk/.

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 procedural hybrids, specifically civil recovery. I also write on systems theory and autopoiesis.

I am a member of the ESRC peer review college, the senior editorial board of the German Law Journal [http://www.germanlawjournal.com/] and the Executive Committee of the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) [http://slsa.ac.uk/], where I serve as Social Media officer. 


I am the module coordinator for both the level 2 core module Law and Society (LAW 2620) and the level 3 elective module Concepts of Law (LAW 3122).

PhD Supervision

I am happy to consider potential doctoral candidates with projects in any of my research areas. I currently supervise postgraduate researchers writing on issues of European Union legal integration and governance, international human rights, and Japanese legal culture. 

Key Publications


  • Hendry J, Farran S, Gallen J, Rautenbach C, The Diffusion of Law The Movement of Laws and Norms Around the World (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2015)

Journal articles

  • Hendry J, ‘Governance, Proceduralisation and Justice: Some Challenges to the Legal Paradigm’, Law & Critique: : Special Issue on Governance, Civil Society & Social Movements, ed. by Blecher M and Hendry J, 19.3 (2008), 345-361

    In 1989, Rudolf Wiethoeltner alleged that we are witnessing a 'failure of law' in terms of its obligation to achieve 'just law'. This paradox at the very heart of law - in essence, the impossibility of the realisation of legal justice twinned with the law's inability to cease trying to attain this goal - has been accommodated to a degree by the utilisation of a proceduralist paradigm that relies upon the contingency of governance, but this is now coming under renewed scrutiny. This article will put forward three arguments in this respect. The first section will argue that the turn to governance and the resultant procedural paradigm are both consequences of the 'failure of law'; the second will point to the inherent weaknesses of the procedural paradigm that can be said to stem from this very failure; while the third will discuss some of the challenges issued to those still reliant upon the legal paradigm.

  • Hendry J, ‘Unity in Diversity': Questions of (Legal) Culture in the European Union’, Journal of Comparative Law, 3.1 (2008), 289-294


  • Hendry J, ‘Legal comparison and the (im)possibility of legal translation’, in Comparative Law - Engaging Translation ([n.pub.], 2014), 87-103
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/90228/

  • Hendry J, ‘Kadi in sight of autopoiesis’, in Kadi on Trial: A Multifaceted Analysis of the Kadi Trial ([n.pub.], 2014), 63-76
    DOI: 10.4324/9780203796191, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/90229/

  • Hendry J, ‘The double fragmentation of law: legal system-internal differentiation and the process of europeanization’, in Integration through law Revisited: The making of the European Polity, ed. by Augenstein D, 1 (Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2012), 157-171
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/43067/

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