Meet the interdisciplinary team that will be teaching Law at Goldsmiths.
Goldsmiths Law Academic Staff
Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos
Dimitrios holds the Inaugural Chair in Law at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. With an innovative approach to teaching, Dimitrios has designed and will be coordinating Goldsmiths’ pioneering Law degree. As a researcher, Dimitrios has world leading expertise in how human rights norms on criminal justice are applied in national jurisdictions across different legal cultures.
Dr Fatima Ahdash
Fatima is a Lecturer in Law, specialising in counter-terrorism, family law and human rights, and their recent interaction with each other. Her work is interdisciplinary, socio-legal and critical, drawing on feminist legal theory, social theory and critical terrorism studies. Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Fatima taught family law, international human rights law and legal writing and research skills at the London School of Economics (LSE). She has undertaken her doctoral research at the LSE, and was awarded the prestigious Modern Law Review Scholarship for 2019-2020. Fatima holds an LLM in Human Rights Law and an LLB which were also obtained from the LSE.
Dr Virginie Barral
Dr Virginie Barral specialises in international law and holds a Ph.D from the European University Institute (Florence), and postgraduate degrees from University College London and Université Paris 2 Panthéon Assas. Before joining Goldsmiths she was an Associate Professor and Associate Dean Research at Hertfordshire Law School. She has previously taught at Université Paris 5. Prior to this she has worked for the French Commission for Sustainable Development and as a legal expert in the Paris office of Eversheds LLP.
Dr Plamen Dinev
Dr Plamen Dinev is a Lecturer in Law at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research focuses on the relationship between intellectual property law and technology. Plamen completed his PhD at The City Law School under the supervision of Dr Luke McDonagh and Dr Enrico Bonadio. His doctoral degree examined the IP implications of 3D printing and was funded by a full City GTA. He obtained his LLM from Leiden University. In 2018, Plamen received a Modern Law Review Scholarship award which allowed him to undertake fieldwork in NYC and interview representatives of some of the world’s leading 3D printing companies.
Dr Alex Dymock
Dr Alex Dymock’s expertise lies principally in sexuality and gender studies with a focus on criminalised and marginalised sexual desires and practices. Her work draws frequently on her interdisciplinary background and combines methods from the humanities and social sciences.
Prior to joining Goldsmiths in 2019, Alex was a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Law at Royal Holloway, University of London. She completed her PhD at the School of Law, University of Reading in 2015 and before this undertook an MA in Gender and Culture at Goldsmiths, and a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. She converted her first degree to law at the University of Westminster.
Dr Dagmar Myslinska
Dagmar is Lecturer in Law who leads on the innovative LLB offer relating to Contract Law and Immigration Law. She is a contributor to Goldsmiths' Britain in Europe think tank and the lead on immigration projects for the emerging Law and Policy Clinic. Having practised commercial and immigration law in the US, she promotes active and collaborative learning and infuses her teaching with experiential opportunities and a focus on critical approaches to Law. Dagmar holds degrees from the LSE (PhD), Columbia University School of Law (Juris Doctor), and Yale University (BA), and has significant experience teaching in US Law School programmes, including at Columbia, Fordham University and State University of New York. Her qualitative research centres on the intersection of law, migration, and equality.
Aaron is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths with a focus on the Law of Financial Wrongdoing, a part-time position which he takes up alongside his full-time practice as a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers. His practice focuses on commercial law, with a particular interest in the law relating to financial wrongdoing (civil fraud, business crime, and bribery/corruption).
Aaron is also interested in financial wrongdoing resulting from new technologies, such as blockchain contracts and cryptocurrencies, and in the law regulating the market in art and antiquities. Aaron will contribute lectures to several undergraduate modules within Goldsmiths’ LLB programme relating, broadly, to the civil and criminal law of financial wrongdoing. He will also be leading the ‘Fraud and Corruption’ branch of Goldsmiths’ Law & Policy Clinic. The Clinic will explore the essential link between financial wrongdoing and human rights, and the legal tools available to prevent, discover and remedy fraud and corruption in domestic and international law.
Jean-Michel is the senior administrator for Law, offering comprehensive administrative support to students and faculty alike. He joined Goldsmiths Law after five years’ service to a flagship post-graduate Management degree at the London School of Economics (LSE), excited by the opportunity to contribute to the development of the innovative LLB offering here.
Jean-Michel's role includes:
- Keeping students informed about Goldsmiths processes and course activities, and acting as the first point of contact for their queries
- Monitoring student attendance records and taking action where necessary to support student success
- Working with faculty to deliver modules and learn.gold pages
- Overseeing the submission and marking of assessments, and the delivery of grades and feedback to students
- Incorporating student feedback in the continued development of the programme and its administrative processes
Prior to his role at the LSE, Jean-Michel worked in documentary television production, researching and arranging the filming for programmes that aired on the likes of the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and Discovery.
Kirsty Brimelow QC (Visiting Professor)
Kirsty Brimelow QC is the head of Doughty Street Chambers’ International Human Rights Team, and the first Chairwoman of the UK Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC). Kirsty is bringing to Goldsmiths leading expertise in legal practice, fact finding, mediation and diplomacy, case management, interviewing vulnerable witnesses, and an in depth experience in training lawyers, Judges, magistrates, the police and NGO workers.
She is instructed in the most complex and prominent cases nationally and internationally, in criminal law, public law and international human rights, and has led on international investigations relating to the Yazidis and the prosecution of ISIS, mass trials and sentencing in Egypt, children rights in Nigeria, mediation in Colombia, and the rule of law in Mexico and Turkey among other projects. The Times have described her as ‘absolutely astonishing’, ‘very charming’ and a ‘superstar’.
HH Judge Donald Cryan (Visiting Professor)
HH Judge Donald Cryan was formerly a Circuit Judge, and currently a Deputy Circuit Judge in Civil and Family matters. He is adding to Goldsmiths’ LLB programme outstanding expertise in family law and arbitration in family law disputes, a longstanding commitment to access to the Bar for students from under-represented backgrounds and a unique insight of skills central to the legal profession, gained at the chairmanship of a leading Inns of Court.
In 2016, he was the Treasurer (Chairman) of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, and has held there senior positions for over twenty years. During his career, he sat regularly as a judge of the High Court in Family matters and has been heavily involved in professional and academic matters, including acting as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators, the Judicial Studies Board Family Law Magisterial Committee and the Advisory Board of City Law School.
Dominic Grieve QC (Visiting Professor)
Former Attorney General for England and Wales, Dominic Grieve QC has worked at the intersection between the law and politics, receiving acclaim for his contributions to international human rights. He was elected as MP in 1997, entering Parliament from a career as a barrister. He held high office for over twenty years, including as shadow Attorney General, shadow Home Secretary and shadow Justice Secretary. He was a member of the Standards and Privileges Committee, and Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee.
His work in Parliament on civil liberties and the Rule of Law was recognised by two awards – Parliamentarian of the Year in 2005 and in 2014 by a Lifetime Achievement award from Liberty. He has specialised on issues relating to Law and Order, civil liberties and international affairs as well as having an interest in environmental issues.
Dr Liora Lazarus (Visiting Professor)
Dr Liora Lazarus is an Associate Professor in Law at Oxford, a Fellow of St. Anne's College and the Head of Research at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. Liora’s scholarship addresses prisoners’ rights, criminal justice and security and human rights, and she is a leading legal educationalist, who has pioneered new courses in the Law Faculty at Oxford and who was the first admissions co-ordinator and race equality co-ordinator there.
Liora is well known for her dynamic public interest work, including the completion of public reports for the UK Ministry of Justice and the EU Parliament. Liora’s Visiting Professorship adds great strength to Goldsmiths’ criminal justice and human rights research activity, and our Law & Policy Clinic, where Liora is leading on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights work.
Alison Levitt QC (Visiting Professor)
Alison Levitt is a practising QC at leading barristers chambers 2 Hare Court. She was previously the principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), advising the DPP in relation to the highest level of prosecution cases (2009-2014) and writing the Code for Crown Prosecutors, and after that Partner and the Head of Business Crime in major international law firm Mischon de Reya LLP, where she started the White Collar Crime and Investigations department.
Alison is bringing to Goldsmiths leading expertise in criminal justice and the legal profession, that feeds into our public engagement work on criminal justice and the LLB Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights programme, and further strengthens Goldsmiths’ distinctive provision for the enhancement of career skills.
Professor Leslie Thomas QC (Visiting Professor)
Prof Leslie Thomas QC is the pre-eminent authority in the country in claims against the police (particularly relating to deaths in custody), other public authorities and corporations. Leslie's high-profile work includes the inquests that followed the Birmingham Pub Bombing, the Hillsborough disaster and Mark Duggan, and he is currently representing 23 clients including survivors, bereaved families and loved ones in the Grenfell Tower inquiry.
Leslie has appeared in leading high-profile death in custody cases representing the families of the deceased (Azelle, Rodney, Mark Duggan, Christopher Alder and Sean Rigg). He was awarded Legal Aid Barrister of the Year in 2012, and again in 2016, for his work on the Hillsborough disaster. His appointment as Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths coincides with his appointment, as the first Black Professor of Law, at Gresham College. His inaugural lecture series at Gresham is examining Death, the State and Human Rights.
Sir Geoffrey Nice QC (Visiting Professor)
Sir Geoffrey Nice QC will be contributing to Goldsmiths’ LLB programme world leading expertise in mass atrocities and international law, and an invaluable understanding of the inner workings of international legal institutions of the highest order as well as an exceptional capacity to perform, and train others to perform, the art of advocacy.
Sir Nice has practiced as a barrister since 1971 and is renowned for leading the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or pro bono for victims groups in Iran, Burma, North Korea. Sir Nice is a Master of the Bench at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, and was the Gresham Professor of Law between 2012 and 2017. Since 1984, he has sat at the Old Bailey and other jurisdictions, tribunals and inquiries as a part-time judge. Between 2009 and 2012 he was Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board, the body that regulates barristers.
Martha Spurrier (Visiting Professor)
Martha Spurrier is the executive director of Liberty, the UK’s leading human rights NGO, and a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. She is bringing to Goldsmiths outstanding leadership in human rights legal practice and reform, and unique experience in providing direction to a large team of lawyers, policy specialists, researchers, communications experts and fundraisers to run high-profile and influential litigation to advance human rights.
Her practice has a particular focus on access to justice, freedom of expression, community care, children and women’s rights, the rights of immigration detainees, LGBTI+ rights, and the rights of victims of rape, domestic violence and trafficking. She is the author of a number of human rights-related publications, and has worked on human rights cases at all levels, including before the Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
Adam Wagner (Visiting Professor)
Adam Wagner is a leading barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, and the founder and Chair of the pioneering and multi-award-winning RightsInfo charity. He has appeared in path-breaking cases such as the successful Supreme Court challenge to the law of joint enterprise murder, as well as acting in five major public inquiries, including the Al-Sweady Inquiry into allegations of mistreatment and unlawful killing by the British military in Iraq.
Adam is bringing with him a wealth of experience and exciting opportunities that talented Goldsmiths Law students will benefit from, including engagement with research opportunities, creative competitions, assisting with writing human rights news articles and participating in Law Clinic activity.
Interdisciplinary teaching team
Dr Jennifer Fleetwood (Department of Sociology)
Jennifer is a criminologist and sociologist whose research and writing centres on women, gender, and crime/law-breaking. She has used an array of research methods, including ethnography and interviews to understand women’s involvement in drug trafficking as mules and as street-level drug dealers.
Dr Gavin Weston (Department of Anthropology)
Dr Gavin Weston's doctoral thesis 'Lynchings in Todos Santos Cuchumatan: A Genealogy of Post Conflict Violence' explored vigilantism in Guatemala and broader issues of post-war violence. He is particularly interested in the anthropology of violence, law, politics, gossip and anthropological theory more generally. He is currently working on a research proposal regarding the democratisation of security in the UK, looking at the the diverse spectrum of non-state security and policing spanning from vigilantism to paid private security patrols.
Professor Tim Crook (Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies)
Tim has research interests in international media law and ethics, dramaturgy of espionage and spy fiction, propaganda and use of information in war. Tim teaches extensively on all aspects of radio and journalism practice and history, practice and history of radio drama, and prose/scriptwriting for stage, film and television.
Dr Gordon Wright (Department of Psychology)
Gordon studies the personality and behaviour of liars, manipulators, cheats, scammers and fraudsters. By better understanding how such individuals act and interact with their victims, we can predict who may be out to dupe us, prevent them from being successful, and protect ourselves from such threats.