Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Dr Jen Hendry

Lecturer in Jurisprudence

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 fellow at the University of Sydney’s Department of Philosophy (2011) and the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (2013), and will be hosted as a visiting scholar by the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law during my sabbatical semester (January-July 2015).

Research Interests

My principal research interests are in the areas of social and legal theory and comparative socio-legal studies, specifically on legal pluralism, legal culture and spatial justice. I am currently writing on issues of legal translation and transfer, and am a principal investigator on a World Universities Network (WUN)-funded interdisciplinary international research network focusing on 'Spaces of Indigenous Justice'. I also write on systems theory and autopoiesis.

I am a member of the senior editorial board of the German Law Journal and of the executive of the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) where I serve as Social Media officer. I am also the Leeds University lead for the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Socio-Legal Pathway.


I am the module coordinator for the level 3 core module Jurisprudence.

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise doctoral students working on issues of European Union legal integration and governance, international human rights, and Japanese legal culture. I am happy to consider potential students with projects in any of the research areas listed above.

Key Publications

  • "Diffusion: The Movement of Laws and Norms", edited by S. Farran, J. Gallen, J. Hendry and C. Rautenbach (Ashgate: 2015) in press
  • "Legal Comparison and the Im/possibility of Legal Translation" in S. Glanert (ed.) Comparative Law: Engaging Translation (Routledge: July 2014)
  • "Kadi in Sight of Autopoiesis" in M. Avbelj, F. Fontanelli & G. Martinico (eds) Kadi on Trial: A Multifaceted Analysis of the Kadi Trial (Routledge: May 2014)"‘Legal Pluralism and Normative Transfer" in G. Frankenberg (ed.) Order Through Transfer: Studies in Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar: July 2013)
  • "The Double Fragmentation of Law: Legal System-Internal Differentiation and the Process of Europeanisation" in D. Augenstein (ed.) ‘‘Integration through Law’ Revisited’: The Making of the European Polity (Ashgate: 2012)
  • "Governance, Proceduralisation & Justice: Some Challenges to the Legal Paradigm" (2008) Law & Critique 19(3) 345-361
  • "Unity in Diversity: Questions of (Legal) Culture in the European Union’ (2008) Journal of Comparative Law 3(1) 289-294           

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