School of Law

Professor Iyiola Solanke

Professor of EU Law and Social Justice

I graduated from the London School of Economics with a PhD in Law. I joined the School of Law at the University of Leeds in 2010. That same year I was appointed one of the first four Academic Fellows of Inner Temple, and became an Associate Academic Fellow in 2013. In 2013 I also founded the Temple North Women’s Forum to extend the outreach work of Inner and Middle Temples to legal professionals in the North and North East.

I am a Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University Law School and in 2017, I will be a Visiting Professor at Science Po, Grenoble in France. I have held Fellowships at the University of Michigan Law School (Ann Arbor, USA), the University of Sydney Law School (Sydney, Australia), McGill University Law School (Montreal, Canada) and at New Hall, Cambridge University.

In addition to numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, my published work includes a textbook on EU Law (Pearson 2015) as well as two monographs: ‘Making Anti-Racial Discrimination Law (Routledge 2011) and ‘Discrimination as Stigma – A Theory of Anti-Discrimination Law’ (Hart 2016). I am also an Editor on ‘Eutopialaw’ ( ) run by Matrix Chambers.

Research Interests

My research interests fall in the fields of EU integration and racial integration.  I write on intersectionality, anti-discrimination law, social movements, the judiciary in Europe and EU governance.  My work is empirical and socio-legal.  Previous research projects have focused on the impact of separate opinions on judicial authority, the Advocate General in the  CJEU,  social action and legal reform; cause lawyering; and black and migrant women in European welfare states.

I organise an international forum which investigates black experiences of policing in the EU and the Temple North Women’s Forum to support and inspire women in the legal profession.


I am the module leader for the LLB EU Law and the LLM module on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

I also contribute to the LLB course: EU Law, Race and the Law and Discrimination Law.

PhD Supervision

I would be happy to consider potential PhD proposals in the fields of: discrimination law, human rights and equality; courts and the judiciary; aspects of EU law including EU competition law.

Key Publications


  • Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, 2011-2012, ed. by Solanke VI, Barnard C and Gehring MW (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2012), 14

  • Solanke I, Making anti-racial discrimination law: a comparative history of social action and anti-racial discrimination law (London: Routledge, 2009)

    Making Anti- Racial Discrimination Law examines the evolution of anti-racial discrimination law from a socio-legal perspective. Taking a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, the book does not simply look at race and society or race and law but brings these areas together by drawing out the tension in the process, in different countries, by which race becomes a policy issue which is subsequently regulated by law. Moving beyond traditional social movement theory to include the extreme right wing as a social actor, the study identifies the role of extreme right wing confrontation in agenda setting and law-making, a feature often neglected in studies of social action. In so doing, it identifies the influence of both the extreme right and liberalism on anti-racial discrimination law. Focusing primarily on Great Britain and Germany, the book also demonstrates how national politics feeds into EU policy and identifies some of the challenges in creating a high and uniform level of protection against racial discrimination throughout the EU. Using primary archival materials from Germany and the UK, the empirical richness of this book constitutes a valuable contribution to the field of anti-racial discrimination law, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The book will interest specialists and academics in law, sociology and political science as well as non-specialists, who will find this study stimulating and useful to expand their knowledge of anti-racial discrimination law or pursue teaching goals, policy objectives and reform agendas.

Journal articles

  • Solanke VI, ‘Stop the ECJ?' An Empirical Assessment of Activism at the CJEU’, European Law Journal, 17.November 2011 (2011), 764

  • Solanke VI, ‘Infusing the Silos in the Equality Act 2010 with Synergy’, Industrial Law Journal, 40 (2011), 336-358

  • Solanke VI, ‘Putting Race and Gender Together: A New Approach to Intersectionality’, Modern Law Review, 72.5 (2009), 723-749

  • Solanke VI, ‘Diversity and Independence in the European Court of Justice’, Columbia Journal of European Law, 15.1 (2009), 89-121


  • Solanke VI, ‘The Advocate General: Securing Trust in the CJEU of Art 13 TFEU’, in Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 2011-2012, ed. by Barnard C and Gehring MW ([], 2012), 14, 698-721

  • Solanke VI, ‘Impact of Corporatism and Quasi- Civil Society on Anti-Racial Discrimination Law and Policy in Germany’, in Anti-racist movements in the EU, ed. by Fella and Ruzza (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2012), 106-127

  • Solanke VI, ‘Where are the Black Lawyers in Germany’, in Mythen, Masken und Subjekte, ed. by Eggers MM ([], 2005), 179-188

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