Nicola Barker joined Kent Law School in 2012 from the University of Reading. She began her academic career at Keele University, where she also gained her PhD in 2008, and has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University (2003), University of California, Berkeley (2010), and University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2010). Her research and teaching interests are in the broad areas of Family Law and Public Law. She is the author of several articles on marriage and civil partnerships, as well as the book Not the Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage (Palgrave, 2012), which won the Hart/Socio-Legal Studies Association book prize in 2013. Nicola is also interested in Constitutional Law and Human Rights and she is currently working on two research projects in these areas. The first explores the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on the British Overseas Territories and the second considers feminist critiques of the UK?s Human Rights Act.
Research Interests: Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Gender, Sexuality and Law, Marriage and Civil Partnerships
Some examples of Nicola's media appearances are here.
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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
- Submitted written evidence to House of Commons Select Committee on Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013: ‘Memorandum submitted by Dr Davina Cooper, Dr Nicola Barker and Dr Eleanor Wilkinson (MB 54) Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013, Response (25 January 2013)’ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmpublic/marriage/memo/m54.htm
- Response to the DWP consultation paper: No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility (July 2008). Coordinated and co-authored a response on behalf of the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, with Kate Bedford, Helen Carr, Emily Grabham, Sarah Lamble, and Jenny Smith). Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/clgs/centre-files/consultation_responses.html
Blogs and Media
- Interviewed by Bermuda Royal Gazette: ‘Bermuda ‘Violating’ European Convention’ 14 July 2014 http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140714/NEWS/140719874
- ‘The Constant Struggle for Freedom: Anti-Racism, Feminism, and Critical Legal Studies’ 26 October 2013 http://kentcls.org/2013/11/01/the-constant-struggle-for-freedom-anti-racism-feminism-and-critical-legal-studies/
- Interviewed by Bermuda Royal Gazette: ‘UK Lawyer: Same-Sex Marriage Likely to Come to Bermuda One Day’ 29 July 2013 http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20130730/NEWS/707309936
- ‘Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013: Thoughts on the Second Reading Debate’ Kent Law School Blog, 6 February 2013 http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/law/2013/02/07/marriage-same-sex-couples-bill-2013-thoughts-on-the-second-reading-debate/
- Interviewed by Meghan Murphy: ‘Podcast: Can marriage ever be feminist? An interview with Nicola Barker’ 3 September 2012 http://feministcurrent.com/5940/can-marriage-ever-be-feminist-an-interview-with-nicola-barker/
- ‘Guest Post: Raining on the Civil Partnership Parade’ Human Rights in Ireland, 23 August 2010 http://www.humanrights.ie/index.php/2010/08/23/guest-post-barker-on-raining-on-the-civil-partnership-parade/
Teaching and Supervision
- Family Law (LW505)
- Public Law 1 (LW588)
Nicola is happy to supervise research projects on Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Marriage and Civil Partnerships, or Gender, Sexuality and Law.
Other Academic Activities
- Editorial Board: Feminist Legal Studies
- Contributing Editor: Jotwell Equality Section
Professional Societies Membership
- Society of Legal Scholars
- Social and Legal Studies Association
- Director of Learning and Teaching
- Steering Committee: Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality
Conferences and Workshops
- Radically Rethinking Marriage July 2015, co-organiser with Suzanne Lenon (University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada). Funded by International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain.
- From Civil Partnership to Same-Sex Marriage 2004-2014: An Interdisciplinary Workshop 17-18 January 2014, co-organiser with Daniel Monk (Birkbeck). Funded by Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck Law School, and Birkbeck Institute for Gender Studies (£3000).
- Feminist Legal Studies: 20th Anniversary Conference, 18th May 2013, University of Kent. Funded by Springer Publishing with additional support from the Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality at Kent Law School.
- Care and Autonomy in the Age of Austerity, Stream of 8 panels at the Law and Society Association Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2012, co-organiser with Emily Grabham (Kent), Susan B Boyd (UBC), Jenni Millbank (UTS), and Julie Shapiro (Seattle U).
- Welfare to Work: Critical Interventions, 15th-16th September 2010, co-organiser with Emily Grabham (Kent) and Sarah Lamble (Birkbeck). Funded by the Modern Law Review (£6000) and Social and Legal Studies (£1500).