Visiting Faculty

Visiting Faculty

Rick Canavan

– LL.B.
– Commercial Law

Rick Canavan is a Head of Faculty in the Faculty of Business & Law at Manchester Metropolitan University.  He continues to teach on both under-graduate and post-graduate programmes in both the UK and Hong Kong and is module leader for Commercial Law on the University of London LLB programme, which he teaches to students at the Institute of Law.  Rick holds degrees from the University of Sheffield and has contributed to various texts and other publications in the broad areas of commercial and contract law.  Notably, Rick co-edits Atiyah’s Sale of Goods, widely regarded as one of the foremost works on the subject.  He has also advised central government on the law relating to the sale of goods to consumers, and was involved in the shaping on the Consumer Rights act 2015, one of the single greatest revisions to sales law in the last one hundred years.

Paul Dale Paul Dale

– LL.B.
– Legal System & Method

Paul Dale LLB, LLM currently teaches on the LLB at Aston University, Birmingham and The Open University, having received academic teaching awards. Paul previously taught at the University of Birmingham after gaining a Distinction in the LLM. He has won the Birmingham Law School scholarship (2016-2021) to conduct Doctoral research in International Legal Theory, with a specific focus on the influences of early nineteenth-century legal education.
Paul is a graduate of the LLB at the University of London International Programmes, has represented students within its academic governance and worked within its committee structure. He also has prior experience in offender rehabilitation, various youth mentoring roles and human rights lobbying for the Law Society. He now helps to run the ‘Open Justice’ Public Legal Education project, a collaboration between the Open University and St Gile’s Trust, where law students get to present findings from legal research to offenders within UK prisons.
Paul is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Association of Law Teachers, holding teaching interests in Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence, Applied Ethics,

Dominic De Saulles

– Guernsey Law Course
– Jersey Law Course
– Civil and Criminal Procedure and Ethics

Dominic is a recognised expert in comparative civil procedure. His book Reforming Civil Procedure: The Hardest Path was published by Hart Publishing in May 2019 here. The book looks at changes in Anglo-American Civil Procedure in the Twentieth Century and examines the reasons for success and failure. He is particular interested in how the process of litigation works and how the court system and legal professionals interact. Dominic also has a long standing interest in how commercial contracts operate and are interpreted.

The current project on which Dominic is working is looking at the birth of modern Anglo-American civil procedure in the nineteenth century.

Dominic has been teaching and writing about litigation in particular since 2005. He has taught at Cardiff School of Law and Politics since 2005. Prior to that, Dominic was in private practice as a Solicitor Advocate in both national and regional firms specialising in commercial civil procedure. Dominic is currently a Senior Lecturer and a member of the BPTC team at Cardiff. He has taught on both the LPC and BPTC covering commercial litigation, civil litigation and advocacy, criminal procedure and professional ethics. Dominic is a supervisor for the LLM in Legal Practice.

After teaching on the SRA’s Professional Skills Course and Management Stage I Course, Dominic became an external examiner for the SRA’s Higher Courts Qualification and for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test. He then went on to sit as an Independent Assessor on appeals arising out of the Higher Court’s Qualification.

Dominic has a blog covering developments in the both procedural and substantive law here.

For the SRA’s 2016 investigation into the personal injury market Dominic was the Independent Academic. The report is here.

Dominic has numerous Publications. Prior to the release of Reforming Civil Procedure: The Hardest Path (2019), he also published articles including:

‘Hard Choices and Non-Delegable Duties: Armes v Nottinghamshire CC’ – Journal of Personal Injury Law Issue 2, 2018

‘Defending the Civil Justice System: The Function of Sanctions’ Civil Justice Quarterly Vol 36 Issue 4, 2017.

‘Process Costs and Error Costs: The Reform of Civil Appeals in Anglo-American Perspective’ Athens Journal of Law Volume 3, Issue 3 July 2017.

Kieran Durcan BCorp, LLB, LLM, FHEA

– Jersey Law Course
– Company Law

Kieran Durcan is a Senior Law lecturer and a dual qualified solicitor in England and Wales and Ireland. Prior to becoming an academic he worked for a highly regarded corporate and commercial practice. He is also a qualified tax consultant.
His teaching and scholarship interests lie in the area of corporate and commercial law broadly defined. He is passionate about legal education and regularly attends and presents at both national and international conferences. In 2014 he was shortlisted for UK Law Lecturer of the Year award. He likes to teach law in an engaging, practical and accessible manner.

Eloise Ellis

– LL.B.
–  Public Law

Dr Eloise Ellis is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia where she has taught Public law and European Law since 2011, having previously lectured at King’s College London and Queen Mary, University of London. Eloise is currently the Law School’s Director of Learning and Teaching.

She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Salzburg, the Université Catholique de Lille and the University of London (International Programmes).  She is also the co-convenor of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Public Law section.

After graduating from King’s College London in 2000 with LLB (Hons) (First Class), and before commencing her academic career, Eloise worked as a political adviser and policy manager for organisations ranging from the Country Landowners’ Association to the London Chamber of Commerce and the British Retail Consortium. She then spent a couple of years at a Government Department, where her roles included working for a Minister.  This practical experience has informed her research and teaching in the field of Public Law.

Eloise’s research interests include constitutional reform and the constitutional structure of Government with a particular focus on Parliamentary Select Committees. Her doctorate (awarded without corrections by King’s College, London) examined the role and impact of Select Committees in relation to political and constitutional reform. Eloise also holds a Masters’ degree in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Criminal Law and English Legal Systems.

Youseph Farah

– LL.B.
–  Contract Law
–  Alternative Dispute Resolution

Dr Youseph Farah, MCiarb, LLB Hebrew University, LLM, PhD Essex University is an associate professor in international dispute resolution at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom (with Tenure). He is an expert on English Contract Law, EU consumer law, international dispute resolution, and on the remediation of business related human rights violations. Youseph is a member of London Chartered institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Essex. Youseph was a visiting Professor twice to Michigan State University, and is a visiting Professor at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France), and the École normale supérieure de Rennes (France). He has published in Peer reviewed Journals on investment and human rights, international arbitration, international commercial litigation, and EU consumer law. His professional career outside of academia includes advising law firms, businesses and NGOs on matters relating to international trade, international dispute resolution management, and business and human rights (including trade and ethics, and GSCOP).

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.

Photo of Professor GuinchardEmmanuel Guinchard

– LL.B.
– EU Law

Emmanuel Guinchard worked a few years in France before moving to the United Kingdom. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Law at Northumbria University at Newcastle. He specialises in European and International legal topics, especially EU Law, Private International Law and Comparative Civil Dispute Resolution. He has an informative blog at He has taught to a wide variety of students, whether in terms of location, occupation, age or background. His teaching is informed by the latest research.

Publications include E. Guinchard and M-P Granger (eds.), The New EU Judiciary, Kluwer, 2017.

Gavin HoccomGavin Hoccom

– LL.B.
– 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.

Rebecca MacLeod

– Jersey Law Course
– Immovable property law

Rebecca joined the Institute in 2016. She is a native of another mixed jurisdiction in the British islands – Scotland. Her principal professional focus is in property law (not solely immovable property). Her book, “Property Law in Jersey” was published by the Jersey and Guernsey Law Review in 2016. She is a practising solicitor and tutored for a number of years in Property, Succession and Trusts at the University of Edinburgh.

Jacob J Meagher

– LL.B.
– Commercial Law
– Equity & Trusts

Jacob is admitted in England & Wales, New Zealand, Australia, and soon Ireland. He is a full TEP member of STEP, Chartered in Banking, Quality and Management, is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Fellow of the International Compliance Association, Certified Governance Practitioner, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, amongst many other professional accreditations. He specialises in contentious matters and helping clients manage risk, often advising boards. An expert in constructive and breach of trust, civil fraud, equitable remedies, offshore structures and trusts, corporate governance and proceeds of crime. He holds security clearance and works with government agencies. His advice is regularly relied on by chambers as an expert witness or advisor. Jacob is also an academic and has studied at Cambridge, King’s College London, King’s Inns’ Ireland, UCL, LSE, and the Chartered Banker Institute. Often acting pro-bono Jacob is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Colin Munro

– LL.B.
– 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.

Angus Nurse

– LL.B.
–  Legal System & Method

Dr Angus Nurse is a Green Criminologist who researches and teaches in criminal law, human rights, environmental law and miscarriages of justice. Angus has taught at Lincoln Law School, Middlesex University, Birmingham City University and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. His books include: Policing Wildlife (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Animal Harm (Ashgate, 2015) and An Introduction to Environmental Justice and Green Criminology (Sage, 2016). Together with Sam Poyser and Rebecca Milne he co-authored Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, Consequences and Remedies (Policy Press, 2018). Angus was previously an Investigator for the Local Government Ombudsmen and worked for a leading environmental NGO for ten years.

JoJo Samanta

– LL.B.
– Tort Law
– Criminal Law

Jo Samanta is Emeritus Professor at De Montfort University (Leicester), where she was formerly Reader and Professor of Medical Law. She has previously taught at Nottingham Trent University, Leicester University and the Open University of Hong Kong. She has published widely in a range of leading peer-reviewed journals including Medical Law Review, Cambridge Law Review, Medical Law International, Journal of Law and Society, and the Journal of Medical Ethics. She also publishes in high impact healthcare journals such as the BMJ, Nursing Ethics and Clinical Medicine. She is on the editorial board for the Denning Law Review. Jo has led, and collaborated on, several interdisciplinary funded projects. She has worked on large-scale international collaborations (including the H2020 Human Brain Project) where she acted as a human research ethics adviser. She peer-reviews for several funding bodies including the British Academy, Leverhulme and the ESRC). She is a qualified solicitor with experience in company commercial and high value personal injury work

Jeremy Scholes

– LL.B.
–  Contract Law

Jeremy Scholes has for many years had a hybrid career as an academic and as a practising solicitor (England and Wales). He has law degrees from Cambridge and the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium. He qualified as a solicitor at Freshfields in London and practised full-time for 14 years, latterly as a partner in what is now Eversheds Sutherland LLP (where he set up and for several years led the competition law practice group across the UK). He started his hybrid career in the mid-1990s. He has since then been licensed as a sole practitioner (J.P. Scholes, solicitor) and has, as well, for over 20 years been a consultant with Walker Morris LLP, solicitors in Leeds. He is also qualified as a solicitor in Ireland, but does not practise as such. His legal academic work was at the University of Sheffield for many years, and then at The City Law School at City, University of London, from where he retired in 2018. As well as his work at the Law Institute in Jersey, he teaches part-time at the University of Manchester and has since 2001 been visiting professor at the Faculté de Droit, Economie et Sciences Politiques at Nancy in NE France (now part of Université de Lorraine). His main publications (both co-authored) are Saintier and Scholes, Commercial agents and the law (2005) and Reich, Nordhausen Scholes and Scholes, Understanding EU internal market law (2015). His main areas of interest as an academic are the same as his practising work: he is probably best known as a competition lawyer, but is also active in other private law fields related to what businesses do (e.g. commercial law broadly defined, company law, contract law) and with a strong cross-border element. He works in English and French, and has a very good level of German as well. At the Institute of Law he teaches contract law.

MERYLMeryl Thomas

– LL.B., Jersey Law Course, Guernsey Law Course
– Property Law
– Trust Law
– Testate and intestate succession

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.

Meryl is a participant in the European Common Core Project (a project ‘mapping’ private law in Europe), focusing upon property protection.

Her recent publications include:

    • ‘Protection of Immovables in European Legal Systems’, European Common Core (the Trento Project), ed, P. Sparkes and S. Martin, Cambridge University Press, 2015, English law contributor;
    • ‘Blackstones Statutes on Property Law’, OUP, 2015-2016 ed, pp.s 412

GuillaumeGuillaume Tusseau

– LL.B.
– 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).