Executive Team

The Chief Executive and Dean has overall responsibility for the executive management of the Institute of Law and for its day-to-day direction. She is accountable to the Board of Governors for the exercise of these responsibilities and is assisted by members of the Executive Team.

Chief Executive and Dean

Institute of law Director and Chief ExecutiveProfessor Janine Griffiths-Baker, LL.B. (Hons), LL.M., Ph.D., P.F.H.E.A.

The Governing Body appointed Professor Griffiths-Baker as Chief Executive and Dean of the Institute of Law in Jersey in April 2020.

Prior to taking up her appointment, Professor Griffiths-Baker was Dean of Nottingham Law School. She had previously been Dean of the Faculty of Business and Society at the University of South Wales; Deputy Principal of St Mary’s University College London; Associate Dean and Head of the School of Law at the University of Bedfordshire; and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Bristol, where she had begun her academic career as a lecturer in law.

Born in Wales, Professor Griffiths-Baker was educated at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls and, subsequently, at Cardiff University, where she graduated with an LL.B. Honours degree. She then completed an LL.M. in International Commercial Law at the University of Bristol before undertaking the legal practice course and later winning a scholarship to study for her Ph.D.

With over twenty-four years’ experience in higher education, Janine has taught in the fields of criminal law, property law, the law of evidence and legal ethics, and supervised research students in these areas. She has a particular interest in legal ethics and the professional regulation of the legal profession, frequently providing advice to national and international bodies on regulatory issues and training, her work in this field receiving wide recognition. She was appointed Professor of Law at the age of 36.

In 2015, given her extensive academic experience, leadership and programme development, she was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Since 2010, she has also been a member of the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Legal Ethics


Associate Dean

Dr. Sasha Holden, B.A., LL.B., M.St., Ph.D.

Born in New Zealand, Sasha studied law and history and graduated with an LLB and BA from Otago University in 1995. She was awarded a first class Master’s degree in international human rights law from the University of Oxford in 2009 and she obtained her PhD from King’s College London in 2018.

Sasha has a genuine love for teaching and considers it fundamental to promote critical thinking and student engagement in the classroom. She has designed and delivered university courses on a variety of subjects, including human rights law, public law, jurisprudence and the legal system. She has taught law in New Zealand, London and Jersey.

Sasha has ten years’ practising experience to bring to her role in the classroom and she continues to foster strong relationships with industry and external organisations in her field. Most recently, she has partnered with the Families Together Programme at the British Red Cross to produce legal and policy research which will form the basis for advocacy and legal reform.

Sasha’s academic research focuses on human rights, women, children and refugees. She is particularly interested in factors that inform the boundaries of human rights laws and the efficacy of human rights in practice. Her PhD research applied a critical legal understanding to laws preventing family reunion for refugee women in polygamous marriages, interrogating the credibility of immigration laws and human rights standards from a feminist and post-colonial standpoint, seeking to elevate the voices of women who often occupy a neglected space in the creation of laws and rights.


Director of Administration

Murielle Nicolas, Cert. H.E. I.T., Dip. Sys. Prac., BSc Open

Murielle joined the Institute of Law in August 2016. She is a graduate from the Open University and has a Bachelor of Science Open, a Diploma in Systems Practice and a Certificate in Information Technology and Computing.

She brings along years of administrative experience, having worked for the States of Jersey for a significant number of years.  Murielle came to the Institute of Law after being the Business Manager for the Safeguarding Partnership Board.  Murielle also has 10 years’ experience as an Adult Education tutor, as she used to teach French in the 1990s.

Murielle is a self-confessed technology addict and is always interested in how to apply the latest updates in technology to her areas of work. When she has some free time, she builds websites, spends time behind her camera photographing anything that moves (or stands still), or drives around in her red-and-white 2CV.

Director of Finance

David Garland
Dave Garland is a chartered accountant and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  He joined the Governing Body in 2014, after a career spanning more than 30 years in wealth management, with a focus on trust and fiduciary services, in the Bahamas, Jersey, the Isle of Man and the UK.  Since retiring from Coutts & Co in 2014, he has undertaken consultancy work, including financial and regulatory matters, in Jersey and the British Virgin Islands.
In 2018 he took on the role of Director of Finance on a part time basis in addition to his responsibilities as a member of the Governing Body.