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Directors of Institute

Professor R. Gwynedd Parry LLB (Wales), PhD (Lancaster), FRHistS, of Gray's Inn, Barrister

Professor Gwynedd Parry is Professor of Law and Legal History in the College of Law and he is leader of the Institute. Professor Parry has an international reputation in the fields of bilingualism and the law, criminal justice and legal history. In addition, he has experience of legal practice at the Bar in South Wales, and has a distinctive record of publication in both English and Welsh.

The central and unifying theme of Professor Parry’s research is law’s interface with identity, language and culture. Its methodology is mainly contextual, with an interdisciplinary approach which considers social, political and historical dimensions to legal development. Some of his recent work has focused on minorities, and in particular linguistic minorities, and their engagement with legal processes. Although much of his writing evaluates the Welsh legal experience, it also contains distinctive international and comparative dimensions. In 2010, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Professor Tim Jones LLB (Birm), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Brunel)

Tim is a Professor of Public Law, and acts as co-director of the Institute. Professor Jones has an international reputation in constitutional law and public law, and he has been one of the leading expositors of the devolution settlement in Wales in international legal journals.

Dr Victoria Jenkins LLB (Wales), PhD (Wales)

Victoria is a senior lecturer in the College of Law and Criminology and also acts as co-director of the Institute.  She is broadly interested in public environmental law, but in particular legal approaches to the achievement of sustainable development and the impact of devolution on environmental protection in Wales.

Victoria is co-convenor of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association Wales, Working Party which has acted as important stakeholder in creating recent legislation on planning and environmental law in Wales. Victoria also represents UKELA on the Future Landscapes Working Group that is assisting Welsh Government in developing new approaches to designated landscapes in Wales. 


Members of Institute


Keith Bush 

Keith Bush is an experienced and highly regarded lawyer, with experience of private practice at the Bar, a part-time criminal judge (crown court recorder), and experience of the workings of devolution and law making in Wales in his capacity as former Chief Legal Advisor to the National Assembly for Wales. His research interests include devolution and constitutional law, legislative drafting, language rights in Wales and legal history.


Ms Jill Morgan LLB (Soton), MPhil (Soton), Solicitor

Jill has been a Reader in Property Law at Swansea Law School since 2007.

She is currently researching the history of housing in South Wales, focusing on the legal and policy aspects. She also has a particular interest in the housing rights of children and young people.


Dr Simon Hoffman LLB (Wales), PhD (Wales) of Lincoln’s Inn, Barrister

Simon is a lecturer at the College of Law. In 2004 Simon began his doctoral research having previously practised as a Barrister. Called to the Bar in 1997 Simon’s practice specialized in public law, and in particular housing and homelessness. Prior to being called to the Bar Simon had a career in the Wales voluntary sector working for campaigning rights organisations, including Shelter Cymru.

Simon’s current research interests relate to socio-economic rights, social policy, and in particular those policies and practices which are relevant to issues of social disadvantage, and the rights/interests of marginalised social groups. An important aspect of this work is the impact of devolution in Wales, in particular on policy content and policy implementation; and, the opportunities that devolution provides for progressive approaches to realization of socio-economic human rights.

Dr Bebhin Donnelly LLB (Dublin), BL (Middle Temple), (Inn of Court of Northern Ireland), PhD (Birmingham)

Mr Michael Draper LLB (Mancs) LLM (Brist) Solicitor of the senior courts of England and Wales

Michael is Associate Dean of the University’s Academic Board (Post Graduate Taught Masters provision) and Director of the Legal Practice Course at Swansea University.

Michael is the Legal Wales Co-ordinator for the Legal Practice Course at Swansea and is responsible for co-ordinating the principles of Legal Wales within the curriculum of the Legal Practice Course and its implications for practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. 

Michael also represents the College of Law at the Annual Legal Wales Conference.  Member of the Law Society’s Wales Committee.


Professor Karen Morrow LLB (Belfast), LLM, (KCL)

Karen  is a graduate of the Queen’s University of Belfast and King’s College London, and was appointed Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Swansea in 2007. Previously she was a senior lecturer in law at the University of Leeds and has held posts at the University of Durham, the Queen’s of Belfast and the University of Buckingham.

Karen’s research focuses on public participation in environmental decision-making and this includes work on the emerging distinctiveness of environmental law provision for Wales in the post-devolution context in terms of law and policy contexts and litigation. She has participated in UK Environmental Law Association and Environmental Law Foundation events centred on environmental law in Wales.


Professor Volker Roeben Assessor, LLM (College of Europe Bruges), LLM (UC Berkeley), Dr. iur. (Kiel), Habilitation (Heidelberg)