LLB Faculty

Jersey-based lecturers:


David Marrani: Dean of the Institute of Law
– Jurisprudence
– Droit constitutionnel & administratif

Prof. David Marrani, Ph.D (Essex), MA (Essex), Master (Toulon), Master (Nice), Maîtrise (Nice), Licence (Nice), LAP (Nice) studied law, philosophy and psychoanalysis.

He is Dean at the Institute in Jersey and was previously Director & Director of Studies. Prior to his move to Jersey, he was as Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex School of Law and Human Rights centre. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students French and UK Public Law, Common Law Reasoning, Comparative Law, Comparative Public Law, Jurisprudence and Critical Studies.
He is a Visiting Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, at the Faculte Libre de Droit de l’Universite Catholique de Lille in Paris and at the Universita’ degli Studi di Torino. He has also taught at various campuses of SciencePo, Paris and at the Universite St Joseph, Beirut.
His research relates to comparative public law and the intersections between law, philosophy and psychoanalysis. He is series general editor for the Routledge Research in Constitutional law and member of the executive committee of the SLS and its convenor for Open.

Claire de Than: Director of studies

– Legal System & Method
– Criminal Law
– Trust Law

Claire de Than, LLB, LLM is a senior lecturer in law at City Law School in London, where she is Director of Student Experience and a member of various committees including Senate and Academic Governance. A graduate of Queen Mary, University of London, she is the author or co-author of more than 15 books, including the new student text de Than and Heaton, Criminal Law (OUP, 2010, new edition 2013). Information on Claire and her publications can be found here and here. Claire has advised several governments on human rights issues and law reform, including British Overseas Territories. Claire’s family has roots in Jersey and she is delighted to be back on the Island.

Visiting Lecturers:

PhilPhil Palmer

– Criminal Law
– Tort law
– Criminology

Before his retirement Phil Palmer was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Southampton. His research and teaching focused on Tort Law, Criminal Justice and Policing all of which are reflected in his publications. Prior to taking up an academic career he served as a Police Officer before working for the Home Office as Head of Police Operations at the National Crime and Operations Faculty and Head of Public Protection at the National Centre for Policing Excellence.


Colin Munro

–  Public Law

Colin Munro is Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Edinburgh, where he was also Dean of the Faculty of Law. He previously taught at the Universities of Durham, Essex and Manchester. His publications include “Studies in Constitutional Law” and “The Scotland Act 1998”, along with articles in Public Law, the Cambridge Law Journal and the Criminal Law Review, amongst other journals. A highly experienced teacher and examiner, he has taught International Programmes students at the University of Hong Kong and in the University of London, as well as enjoying flying visits to Jersey since the inception of the Institute of Law.

MERYLMeryl Thomas

– Property Law
– Trust Law

Professor Meryl Thomas BA LLM is Professor of Property Law at Birmingham City University and Professeur Invité at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (formerly Paris X). Meryl was formerly lecturer at Cardiff University and Visiting Professor at University of Nantes.
She is currently a member of the Academic Board of the Fellowship of Will Writers and Probate Practioners. She has published widely in the areas of succession, trusts and property law and is the Editor of “A Practioners Guide to Wills” (Wildey & Sons) which is in its 3rd edition.
Her research includes comparative French and English law, including the absence of community of property in English law; a comparative study of Norman and Anglo-Norman law. Other aspects of her research include succession and human rights law.
Meryl is a participant in the European Common Core Project (a project ‘mapping’ private law in Europe), focusing upon property protection.


Eloise Ellis

–  Public Law

Dr Eloise Ellis LLB, MA(HEP), PhD is a Senior Lecturer in law at the University of East Anglia where she teaches Public Law and European Union Law, details of which can be found here.
She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Salzburg.  Eloise has previously taught at King’s College London and Queen Mary, University of London. After graduating from King’s College London, Eloise spent several years working as a political adviser and policy/campaigns manager for a range of organisations from the Country Landowner’s Association to the London Chamber of Commerce.  Eloise then spent a couple of years at a Government Department, where her roles included working for a Minister, following which she returned to academia.


Scott-AtkinsScott Atkins

–  Trust Law

Scott Atkins is Deputy Director of Legal Studies at the Truman Bodden Law School, Cayman Islands. A graduate of the University of Birmingham (UK) where he obtained a First Class honours degree in Law, Scott subsequently became a practising solicitor before changing to academia in 2002 when he accepted a lecturing position at what is now the University of Law. He moved to the University of Derby in 2007, and was eventually appointed Head of Law. In October 2017, he went to Grand Cayman and enjoys teaching a variety of subjects on the LLB and Professional (legal) Practice Course, including Equity and Trusts, Contract and Commercial Law. He retains his name on the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales by being a non-practising solicitor. Scott continues to enjoy his work with the Institute of Law, a position he has held since 2011, but appreciates the warmer weather in the Cayman Islands!

OLIVEROliver Gerstenberg

– EU Law

Dr. Oliver Gerstenberg is an Associate Professor at the UCL Faculty of Laws where he teaches EU Law. Oliver’s academic background is in Law and Philosophy. He received his doctorate in law from the JW Goethe University Frankfurt/M. He has been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence); a JF Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University; and a Fellow in the Law-and-Public-Affairs Program (LAPA) at Princeton University. He has also held a (non-stipendiary) Visiting Fellowship at the BIICL (London) and is a member of UCL’s European Institute. He has published widely in the fields of EU law and constitutional theory and is the author of the monograph Euroconstitutionalism and Its Discontents (Oxford University Press: 2018). He speaks English, French, German and some Italian.
His newest publication is available here.

Sarah Gale Sarah Gale

– EU Law

Sarah Gale LLB Solicitor practised EU Competition Law as a solicitor and was seconded to the European Commission before becoming an  academic. She is a lecturer at City, University of London where she teaches EU, Tort and Media Law. Her publications are in the field of Media Law. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Law in Jersey where she teaches EU Law.

GuillaumeGuillaume Tusseau

– Jurisprudence

Guillaume Tusseau was trained both in political science and law. After holding positions in the Universities of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Rouen, he is currently Professor of Public Law at Sciences Po Law School, in Paris, and a member of the Institut universitaire de France. He has been a member of the Conseil supérieur de la magistrature (French High Council for the Judiciary) from 2015 to 2019. His main areas of interest are comparative constitutional law and legal theory, both fields in which he has extensively taught and published, with further information en francais here and in English. Among his latest publications are:
‘The Legal Philosophy of Jeremy Bentham’: Essays on ‘Of the Limits of the Penal Branch of Jurisprudence’, Guillaume Tusseau (ed.) (Routledge, Routledge Research in Constitutional Law Series, 2014), and, co-authored with Olivier Duhamel, Droit constitutionnel et institutions politiques (Le Seuil, 2016).

Gavin Hoccom

– Company Law

Gavin Hoccom is a graduate of Bristol Law School, who trained at the Bar and worked in in-house private practice. Gavin has subsequently cross-qualified as a Solicitor and is working for a regional firm specialising in Commercial Litigation, information on which is available here.

Rick-CanavanRick Canavan

– Commercial Law

Rick Canavan LLB, LL.M, PGCHE is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and is currently a lecturer at the University of Hull, where details of his research and publications are available here.   Rick has teaching and research interests in the broad areas of commercial and contract law.  He has contributed to various texts and other publications and taught for a number of years in these areas as well as advising central government on the law relating to the sale of goods to consumers.   Despite having not visited Jersey for some years, as it is now home to some of his friends who have left the mainland he is keen to see what all the fuss is about!

Dr-Elina-SteinerteDr Elina Steinerte

– Public International Law

Dr Elina Steinerte LLB, Lawyers Diploma, LLM, PhD is a Research Associate with the Human Rights Implementation Centre at the Law School of the University of Bristol. Elina joined the Law School of the University of Bristol in June 2006 on a high profile Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) sponsored research project. In the remits of this project Elina has been involved in OPCAT-related processes around world in over 30 countries; she has provided expert advice on aspects of OPCAT’s implementation, including NPM legislation to various governments, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and various other UN agencies, worked in the expert capacity with such organizations as UNDP and CoE. She is a co-author of various publications and policy papers on the subject. She has worked closely with She is the co-author of ‘The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture’ (Oxford University Press, 2011) and further information on her publications is available here. Elina lives in Guernsey and thus have close links with the Channel Islands.

Ilias-BantekasIlias Bantekas

– Public International Law

Ilias Bantekas is professor of international law and human rights at Brunel Law School and fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) University of London. He has held visiting positions at Harvard, Miami, Cleveland-State, Trier, SOAS, Yeditepe, Kadir-Has, Rosario (Bogota) and elsewhere and has consulted international organisations, law firms, chambers and NGOs on a variety of issues encompassing international law, human rights, international criminal law, foreign investment and arbitration and Islamic law among others. In 2011 he was nominated by UNDP to co-draft the constitution of South Sudan. His recent work includes: International Human Rights Law and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2013, with L Oette); International Law Concentrate (Oxford University Press, 2013, with E Papastavridis); Criminological Approaches to International Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014, editor), with more information available here.

Paul Dale Paul Dale

– Legal System & Method

Paul Dale LLB LLM, lectures at Aston University, Birmingham and The Open University. He previously taught at the University of Birmingham, after gaining a Distinction in the LLM. He also conducts doctoral research in International Legal Theory at the university after winning one of only two Birmingham Law School Scholarships. He is a graduate of the LLB with the University of London International Programmes and has represented students within its academic governance. In addition, he has experience in international human rights lobbying with the Law Society of England and Wales, offender rehabilitation in a number of West Midland prisons and held various youth mentoring roles. Paul’s current teaching interests are Public International Law, Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and English Legal Systems.

Claire DaviesClaire Davies

– Family Law

Having passed her English Bar exams in 1992 Claire was called to the Jersey Bar in 1997 becoming an Associate of Mourant du Feu & Jeune before joining Backhurst Dorey & Crane. Having served as a partner of that firm from 2005 Claire founded Davies & Ingram as senior partner in 2012. In 2018 Claire commenced a new firm, ‘Claire Davies, Advocate’ specialising in all aspects of family law.
Although Claire initially trained in the field of business and employment law and maintained an interest in civil and insurance litigation her main focus as a practitioner has become her work in family and children’s law. Claire regularly appears in all Courts of the Island including the Jersey Court of Appeal. Claire represents and advises private individuals, companies and States of Jersey departments including the Minister for Health & Social Services in proceedings under the Children (Jersey) Law 2002. She is one of a select number of Advocates able to represent children in respect of Public Law proceedings under the Children’s Panel guidelines. Claire has served as Chairman of the Committee of the Jersey Family Law Association.
Claire has recently completed training as a family mediator and works with the Jersey Mediation Service in this regard. Committed to public service in the Island, Claire has served as the Island’s Acting Batonnier, was charged with the drafting of the Island’s modern legal aid guidelines in 2005 and has been a Batonnier substitute since 2013. Claire was appointed a Deputy Chairman of the Jersey Employment & Discrimination Tribunal in June 2012 and sits in adjudication of employment disputes in the Island.
She has a broad connection with the Institute of Law serving as the Island’s Adjunct Professor for Family Law on the Jersey Law Course, teaching local students the Family Law Module for those studying towards their law degrees via the University of London (LLB) and, most recently, becoming the lecturer for the Family Law module of the Guernsey Bar Course (having written the accompanying Guernsey Bar Course Family Law Study Guide).

Sasha Holden

– Contract Law
– Introduction to Law
– Contemporary Challenges in Human Rights Law

Sasha has taught human rights law at King’s College London School of Law. She has also taught international human rights law, public law, jurisprudence, property law and first year law at Victoria University of Wellington.  Sasha has experience as a legal practitioner specializing variously in commercial contracts, employment law and human rights working in private practice, in-house and advising central and local governments.  Sasha was awarded her PhD at King’s College London on 1 January 2018. Her research focused on international human rights, women’s rights in immigration and refugee settings and feminist legal theory. Sasha was awarded a first class Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford in 2009. She also has undergraduate degrees in law and history from Otago University, New Zealand.

Mid-week tutors

Dennis Dixon

– Legal Systems and Method
– Public Law

Dennis Dixon PHD was called the bar by the Middle Temple in 1995, having studied Law at St John’s College, Cambridge. He worked for the Inland Revenue/HMRC for twelve years, mainly in anti-avoidance. He has also worked as a law draftsman in Gibraltar, and currently works for the Law Officers’ Department Jersey. His academic interests include human rights, and has recently completed a doctorate on the potential for reconciling constitutional review and democracy. He has also published on English constitutional history, the Bosman case, legal professional privilege and the constitutional position of the Island of Jersey. As well as law, he has a masters in historical research.

Duncan Mills

– Property Law

Duncan Mills LLB, LLM, LARTPI, admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 1994, is a graduate of Staffordshire University and a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute (since 2000).   On qualifying he worked in-house for a utility company and then in private practice with a City law firm before working for the Environment Agency.  His principal areas of practice are planning, environmental and property related in respect of both contentious and non-contentious matters. He joined the Law Officers’ Department (Jersey) in 2007, completed the Jersey Law Course in 2015 and was called to the Jersey Bar in December that year.

Miguel Zaragoza

– EU Law

Miguel is a Spanish qualified lawyer and has master’s degrees in EU law, politics and economics from the University of Strasbourg and the College of Europe. Miguel has previously worked for the European Commission within the legal department of DG Energy dealing with the awarding of public procurements in accordance with EU law. In Jersey, Miguel worked for Digital Jersey, where he conducted market and legal research and managed projects within the digital health and Fintech fields. Miguel currently works for the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

Victoria Bell

– EU Law

Advocate Victoria Bell obtained at Master’s Degree in English at the University of Exeter before completing her Graduate Diploma in Law at Exeter and her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. She qualified as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 2009 and relocated back to Jersey, taking up post as an Assistant Legal Adviser in the Law Officers Department and specialising in EU law. Here she was then seconded to Belgium to the Channel Islands Brussels Office for a period between 2010 to 2011 before returning to Jersey and taking up post as a Legal Adviser in the Civil Division of the Law Officers Department. Her role is largely advice-based, with a focus on EU, international and constitutional matters. She completed the Jersey Law Course in 2015, being called to the Jersey Bar in February 2016.

Eleanor Colley

– Contract Law

Eleanor completed her undergraduate degree at Columbia University in New York City before completing Master’s Degrees at the University of Oxford and the College of Europe where she specialised in Russian and East European Studies.
Eleanor worked at the European Commission in Brussels before returning to Jersey. Eleanor is a Jersey Ecrivain and qualified as a solicitor in 2017. Prior to joining Viberts, Eleanor worked in both a large multi-jurisdictional law firm and a small boutique firm where she specialised in corporate and commercial law.

Darren Woodside

– Tort Law

Advocate Darren Woodside is a Senior Legal Adviser in the Civil Division at the Law Officers’ Department, Jersey. Darren read law at Magdalen College, Oxford and began private practice in London wrestling with a superyacht arbitration and a flooded penthouse in Regent’s Park. His pastimes of choice include long walks with Charlotte (2008 edition), navigating the FT Weekend with a double espresso at Locke’s and pairing whitebait with saddle of lamb at La Capannina.

Jacob Meagher

– Trust Law

Jacob Meagher LLB(hons)(first), FRSA, was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple, he also qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand where he worked in Law Reform for the NZ Law Commission. He then taught as a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London on the Trusts, Property, and Tort courses. Jacob specialises in trust law and equitable remedies and is an associate member of STEP, he practiced offshore trust litigation at one of Guernsey’s leading firms and continues to write his PhD focusing on constructive trusts at the University of Cambridge.