Professor Jill Marshall

Personal profile

Professor Marshall is a Law Professor researching the role law plays in creating, allowing, representing and protecting certain aspects of our human identity and personal freedom with emphasis on the connections between law and humanity, care and belonging. Her work particularly focuses on women’s human rights, privacy, expression, and sexual violence in conflict and includes analysis of International law, global justice and human rights in their complexities of real life situations.

She teaches International human rights law, jurisprudence or philosophy of law, and the English Legal System. She has an unusual combination of experience as an International litigation solicitor at top global law firms before she entered academia and is currently affiliated to one of the most highly regarded human rights and social justice law firms in the UK based in central London.

Professor Marshall has given expert opinion by invitation to the Equal Opportunities Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Islamophobia, with emphasis on the Islamic headscarf debate on which she has written widely. Her opinion was endorsed by the Chair of that Committee in the Chair’s Report.

Professor Marshall is the Module Convenor and Chief Examiner for the University of London International Programmes at Masters level for the Human Rights of Women, and at undergraduate for Jurisprudence. She has a visiting teaching position at UCL on the Gender masters' programme, and has held visiting positions at the Inter Disciplinary Center in Israel and the PACE New York Law School programme in London.

She has been interviewed by the media on areas relating to her research and is the creative founder of the Legal Ideas Factory:


Research interests

Current research projects include:

1. Analysing the creation and interpretation of concepts underlying human rights law, especially personal freedom and human dignity.

2. Exploring secrecy and confidentiality in pregnancy and childbirth and how courts deal with these situations nationally and internationally, in peace and in conflict. As part of this, also investigating the use of, and human rights implications of, ‘deposit boxes’ usually in the side of hospitals where babies can be left safely but anonymously in many European, and other, countries.

2. Freedom of expression, identity and autonomy rights: including how women’s clothing, including the Islamic headscarf and full face veil, and so called ‘provocative’ or ‘sexy’ clothing is regulated and the impact that may have on women’s ability to live freely.

Educational background

LLB (Queen's, Belfast)

Law Society Finals, College of Law, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
MA (University College London)

PhD (London)

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