Prof. Iyiola Solanke

Professor Iyiola Solanke is Chair of EU Law and Social Justice at The Unversity of Leeds. Prof. Solanke graduated from the London School of Economics with a PhD in Law. She joined the School of Law at the University of Leeds in 2010. That same year she was appointed one of the first four Academic Fellows of Inner Temple, and became an Associate Academic Fellow in 2013. In 2013 she also founded the Temple North Women’s Forum to extend the outreach work of Inner and Middle Temples to legal professionals in the North and North East. In 2017, she was elected an Academic Bencher of the Inn. That year she also set up the Black Female Professors Forum to promote the presence and visibility of black women in British academia.

She is currently a Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and a Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University Law School. She has been a Visiting Professor at Science Po, Grenoble in France and has held Fellowships at the University of Michigan Law School (Ann Arbor, USA), the University of Sydney Law School (Sydney, Australia), McGill University Law School (Montreal, Canada) and at New Hall, Cambridge University.

In addition to numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, her published work includes a textbook on EU Law (Pearson 2015) as well as two monographs: ‘Making Anti-Racial Discrimination Law (Routledge 2011) and ‘Discrimination as Stigma – A Theory of Anti-Discrimination Law’ (Hart 2016).

Solanke’s research interests fall in the fields of EU integration and racial integration.  She writes on intersectionality, anti-discrimination law, social movements, the judiciary in Europe and EU governance. Her work is empirical and socio-legal.  Previous research projects have focused on black experiences of policing in the EU, the impact of separate opinions on judicial authority, the Advocate General in the  CJEU,  social action and legal reform; cause lawyering; and black and migrant women in European welfare states.