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Dr Jessica Guth

About Dr Jessica Guth

Jess is a Reader in Law with a particular interest in legal education and in feminist and queer approaches to law and legal study. She is an experienced legal academic and has developed and taught a variety of courses and modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has a background in law and social science subjects and combines the two in her teaching and research.

Following 18 months in legal practice and a Masters in Social Research, Jess started a lectureship at the University of Bradford in 2007. Her academic career at the University of Bradford included being appointed to Head of Bradford University Law School between 2014 and 2016.

Jess is currently developing two aspects of work. The first relates to academic identity and how that is experienced by LGBTQ legal academics. The second is an analysis from a gender perspective of the Court of Justice of the European Union and its work. The latter will culminate in a book, co-authored with Dr Sanna Elfving of the University of Bradford, to be published by Routledge in 2018.

Current Teaching

  • Contract Law
  • Research Methods
  • EU Law
Transforming law: "We must ensure that our legal education keeps pace with social, economic, technological and political evolution." - Deveral Capps - Leeds Law School / "Well designed law degrees provide a unique skillset that means our students can make a real contribution in a changing world" - Dr Jessica Guth - Leeds Law School-

Research Interests

Jess is interested in legal education, in particular how academic identity plays out and impacts on the lives and works of academics. Her work tries to understand the private life of law schools and how that links to, and diverges from, the public life. In addition she is keen to develop less theoretical work which has a practical benefit to colleagues and students.

Her other strand of current work focuses on understanding the importance (or otherwise) of applying a gendered reading or awareness to various EU law and policy issues to allow us to get a more nuanced and fuller understanding of institutions and policy areas. She is currently focused on the Court of Justice of the European Union and its work.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (5)

Books (3)

  • Guth J; Elfving S (2018) Gender and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Routledge.
  • Ashford C; Guth J (2016) The Legal Academic's Handbook. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ashford C; Duncan N; Guth J (2015) Perspectives on legal education: Contemporary responses to the lord upjohn lectures.

Chapters (3)

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