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Durham University

Durham Law School

Staff profile

Dr Johanna Jacques, BA, LLB, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Assistant Professor in Law in the Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46856
Room number: PCL142

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Johanna’s research expertise is in legal theory with a particular focus on European philosophies of law and justice. Johanna joined Durham Law School in 2015 from the University of Warwick School of Law, having previously taught at the LSE and Birkbeck. She holds degrees from SOAS (BA in Arabic), Birkbeck (LLB) and the LSE (MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society; PhD in Law). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Johanna’s research has ranged from the international law theory of Carl Schmitt to Emmanuel Levinas’s concept of the ‘there is.’ She has most recently published on property theory in the area of trusts law and is currently writing a book that critically examines the use of the ethics of alterity in theories of justice. 

Research Interests

  • Legal Theory
  • Philosophy of law
  • Political theory
  • Property theory

Teaching Areas

  • Jurisprudence

  • Trusts Law


Chapter in book

  • Jacques, Johanna (2019). The Reproduction of Property through the Production of Personhood: The Role of the Family Trust in the Accumulation of Wealth. In Critical Trusts Law: Reading Roger Cotterrell. Piska, Nick & Gibson, Haley Oxford: Counterpress.
  • Jacques, Johanna (2016). Law, Decision, Necessity: Shifting the Burden of Responsibility. In The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt: Law, Politics, Theology. Arvidssen, M., Brännström, L. & Minkkinen, P. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 107-119.

Journal Article