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. He 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

Miceál Barden

Miceál was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business, and Social Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton, with direct oversight of the Business and Law Schools, among other departments. Before this, he spent seven years as Head of Manchester Law School at Manchester Metropolitan University. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Miceál has over 30 years of experience in Higher Education and has taught Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at six different Universities in the United Kingdom.

Following early experience as a researcher with the Human Rights Commission in Northern Ireland and the Law Commission for England and Wales, Miceál started teaching Law and has considerable experience in curriculum development and validation of law programmes as well as being an experienced external examiner.

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.

Registrar and Head of Administration

Sarah McCluskey

Sarah joined the team as Registrar and Head of Administration in December 2021.


Sarah moved to Jersey in 2012 and has enjoyed a variety of roles including running her own Graphic Design company, Sunshine Design.


Sarah worked within the Government of Jersey since 2017 with roles in Children Young People Education and Skills, Internal Communications and Organisation Development. Most recently as an OD Consultant for Team Jersey, the Government’s cultural change programme.


A highlight for Sarah was joining the Board for Jersey Childcare Trust in 2020 as a trustee and member of the Communications and Fundraising Committee, she’s passionate about making a real difference for children in the island by supporting the brilliant work of the JCCT.


Prior to moving to Jersey Sarah spent 15 years in retail banking with HSBC, her roles included Retail Branch Manager in New Milton and Wokingham, Area Personal Financial Services Manager in the South East region and Regional Resourcing Manager.

Latest News

Radio Interview: Dr. Sasha Holden

On Saturday 20 March, our Associate Dean, Dr. Sasha Holden, was interviewed on BBC Radio Jersey talking about student success, studying law in Jersey and tackling discrimination in the profession.

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