I am a Professor of Law at Cardiff University. My research interrogates the interaction between law and the humanities with particular expertise in Law and Religion and Legal History. In recent years my research has focused on the relationship between religion and Family Law and upon interdisciplinary approaches to Law.
I am the author of Law and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Religion, Law and Society (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Religion and Marriage Law: The Need for Reform (Bristol University Press, 2021), Subversive Legal History: A Manifesto for the Future of Legal Education (Routledge, 2021) Religion in Schools: Learning Lessons from Wales (Anthem, 2022) and A Historical Introduction to English Law: Genesis of the Common Law (Cambridge University Press, 2023).
I am co-author of Religion and Law in the United Kingdom (Kluwer Law International, 2011; 2nd ed 2014; 3rd Ed 2021) which forms part of the International Encyclopaedia of Laws Series.
I have edited or co-edited Law and Religion: New Horizons (Peeters, 2010), Religion and Legal Pluralism (Ashgate, 2015), The Confluence of Law and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Law and History: Critical Concepts in Law (Routledge, 2017), Law and Religion: Critical Concepts in Law (Routledge, 2017) Leading Works in Law and Religion (Routledge, 2019) and the Research Handbook on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law and Religion (Edward Elgar, 2019) .
I am also the author or co-author of over 70 articles and book chapters addressed to legal, sociological and general readerships. See: Books and Publications
I am the editor or co-editor of four book series
I am a Cardiff graduate, obtaining First Class Honours in my LLB in Law and Sociology in 2005 and a doctorate examining the relationship between religion, law and society in 2010. I served as Head of the Law department at Cardiff University between 2016 and 2019.
I am a contributor to The Conversation and Westlaw UK Insight and was a specialist Contributing Editor for Jowitt’s Dictionary of English Law (Sweet & Maxwell 2010).
My research, which has been cited by the UK Supreme Court, in Parliamentary debates at Westminster and the Welsh Senedd and by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has included an empirical study, Social Cohesion and Civil Law, into the operation of religious tribunals in Britain funded by the AHRC / ESRC Religion and Society programme.