Short CV/Education and training


  • 1995 – 2000
    LLB (Common and Civil Law), The Queen's University of Belfast/l'Universite Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve)

  • 2002 – 2003
    PGDip in European Public Law, European Public Law Academy, Athens, Greece

  • 2002 – 2006
    PhD, The Queen's University of Belfast


  • 2001 – 2002
    Lawyer-Linguist, The Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg

  • 2002 – 2006
    Freelance Translator, The Court of Justice of the European Union (part-time)

  • 2002 – 2006
    Teaching Assistant, The Queen's University of Belfast

  • 2007 – 2012
    Lecturer in Law, Exeter University, UK

  • 2012 – 2016
    Senior Lecturer in Law, Exeter University, UK

  • since 2009
    Professeur Vacataire, l'Universite du Luxembourg

  • since 2016
    Reader in Law and Birmingham Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK

Selected publications

  • "Translating Ambiguity’" Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 9, no. 2, 2015

  • (with Williams, Ramsbotham and Cohen) "Traumatic Brain Injury and Juvenile Offending (Preface)", Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, vol. 30, no. 2, 2015

  • (with Harmsen, R) "The European Courts" in Magone JM (ed) The Handbook of European Politics Routledge, 2014

  • "The Limitations of a Multilingual Legal Order", International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Vol 26(4) 2013

  • "Precedent at the ECJ: The Linguistic Aspect", Current Legal Issues, Vol 15 2013

  • "Language and Law in the European Union: The Multilingual Jurisprudence of the ECJ" in Solan, L and Tiersma, P (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law, (Oxford: OUP, 2012)

  • "Hybrid Texts and Uniform Law – The Multilingual Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union", International Journal for the Semiotics of Law Vol 24(1) 2011

  • "Language and the Institutional Dynamics of the Court of Justice of the European Communities: Lawyer-linguists and the production of a multilingual jurisprudence" in Gueldry, M (ed) How Globalising Professions Deal with National Languages: Studies in Cultural Conflict and Cooperation, Lewiston, Queenstown Lapeter: The Edwin Mellen Press (2010)

  • "La traduction dans l'office des juges europeens" in Bailleux, A, Cartuyvels, Y and Ost HDEF (eds), Traduction et droits europeens: enjeux d'une rencontre, Bruxelles: Facultes universitaires Saint Louis (2009)

  • "Enlargement at the European Court of Justice: Law, Language and Translation", European Law Journal Vol 14(6) 2008

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • European Research Council Starter Grant 2013-2018: Law and Language at the European Court of Justice

  • European Research Council Proof of Concept Grant 2016: Developing a Multilingual European Case Law

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Seminar Series 2011-2012: Social Developmental Neuroscience, Ethics and the Law

  • Barrow Cadbury Trust and Transition to Adulthood Alliance 2012: Repairing Shattered Lives: brain injury and its implications for criminal justice

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Review College

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Membership of Editorial Boards

  • International Journal for the Semiotics of Law

  • International Journal for Law, Language and Discourse

  • International Journal of Legal English

  • Language and Law/Linguagem e Direito

Member of

  • Society of Legal Scholars

  • International Language and Law Association

  • International Association of Forensic Linguistics

  • Multicultural Association of Law and Language


  • Germanic Association of Forensic Linguistics

Media coverage


Additional qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in European Public Law (2003)

  • LLB in Common and Civil Law with French (2000)


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