Centre for Law & Social Change
Centre for Law & Social Change

Centre for Law & Social Change

A hub for connections on the topic of law and social change and a space to generate debate, between scholars, students, practitioners, and policy makers.

The Centre for Law and Social Change is a place for projects encouraging interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral and intergenerational collaboration, with a focus on progressive social change and a commitment to active anti-racist, feminist, and decolonial practice.

About us

In all areas of law scholars, practitioners and policy makers seek to generate positive change through law. Students with a commitment to social justice and human rights seek careers in law with the hope of defending the rights and interests of the vulnerable as against their oppressors. At the same time, both the limits of law’s emancipatory potential, as well as the role of law in structuring global inequality, have been noted and examined by critical legal scholars and practitioners alike.

The limits of, and obstacles to legal reform have been identified in various areas and, for example the potentials of accountability litigation are regularly explored, be it in areas such as universal jurisdiction or business and human rights. If law is to play a role in the transition to a fairer, more equal world it is clear that the ways, instances and methods for legal intervention require deeply engaged deliberation from all angles and contexts.

This centre seeks to be a hub for connections on the topic of law and social change and to create a space to generate precisely such debate, between scholars, practitioners, and policy makers and students alike. We will generate such debate in public events, through publications in scholarly and practitioner journals, in depth research projects, legal interventions and mainstream media.



Dr Grietje Baars

Grietje Baars works on the role of law in society, using queer and Marxist theory to understand (and ultimately subvert) the constitutive, ordering and ideological functions of law. Having worked on the political economy of international law, and law's gendering separately, in their latest project, Queering Corporate Power, they combine the two to discover how Queer theory (and practice) can help reverse the distributive effects of the corporate form, the 'motor of capitalism'.

Grietje has also co-edited, with Andre Spicer, The Corporation, a Critical, Multidisciplinary Handbook, a volume which has come out of the ESRC funded Critical Corporation seminar series (CUP 2017). In addition to these major projects, Grietje has written on the emancipatory potential of human rights law and the interconnectedness of liberation struggles.

At the City Law School, Grietje is the Module Convenor for LLB1 Foundations of Criminal Law and Further Issues in Criminal Law, and co-convenor of the Law of the European Court of Human Rights.

Grietje has supervised PhDs to successful completion in the area of corporate governance, and currently supervises PhD candidates working on law, race and literature, LGBT asylum practice and the interaction between law, gender and the market.

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Dr Sabrina Germain

Dr Sabrina Germain is a Senior Lecturer at the City Law School, a member of City University’s Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR), and a research associate at the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and the Policy and the Health Hub: Politics, Organisations and Law (University of Montreal, Canada). She is also the Society of Legal Scholar (SLS) co-convenor of the Health Law section.

Dr Germain’s research interests are in the field of healthcare law and policy and bioethics. She focuses on questions of distributive justice (resource allocation and access to healthcare services) and the role of medical professionals in the healthcare law making process.

Her current research projects include a study on 1) the role of medical professionals in shaping healthcare law during COVID-19 in England, 2) a comparative project on the role of the medical profession in Canadian and British healthcare reforms, and 3) an analysis of inequalities in access to healthcare for ethnic minorities and migrant women during the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr Adrienne Yong (City).

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Sandhya Drew

Sandhya is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a Visiting Professor of Employment Law on the University of Paris Nanterre’s Joint Masters Degree in French Law and Common Law.

At City, Sandhya leads the Judicial Review Elective and Advocacy Submissions on the Bar Vocational Studies course. She also convenes Employment Law on the LLB. She has taught across City's law courses, including Civil Litigation, Drafting, Civil oral and written Advocacy, Opinion Writing and Employment Law to Bar students, and Employment Law and International Human Rights Law to LLB students.

She has contributed a chapter on Work and Human Rights to the 2020 edition of Pitt's Employment Law. And is currently engaged on a joint project with Professor Sarah Bros of the University of Paris Dauphine on supply chains and fundamental rights.

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Dr Diana Yeh

Diana Yeh is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Culture and the Creative Industries in the Department of Sociology and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London.

Diana's research interests lie in race and racisms, migration, diaspora, youth and cultural politics, with a particular focus on constructions and contestations of British Chinese and East Asian identities. She has conducted multi-sited fieldwork on the politics of identity and belonging among Chinese migrant artists in light of their translocal histories across Britain, South Africa, Italy, China and Taiwan.

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  • Suzana Rahde Gerchmann (Research Student)
  • Purity Ajoko (City SU BAME Officer and LLB Student)




Accidental Feminism: Gender Parity and Selective Mobility among India’s Professional Elite

5.00pm – 7.00pm  Tuesday, 30th March 2021

  • Speaker: Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, University of California Irvine School of Law
  • Discussant: Dr Sabrina Germain, Senior Lecturer in Law, City Law School

Webinar: Human Rights, Poverty, and Capitalism: Exploring the Value of an Institutionalist Approach

5.00pm - 6.15pm  Wednesday 17th March 2021


Accidental Feminism: Gender Parity and Selective Mobility among India’s Professional Elite

5.00pm – 7.00pm  Tuesday, 30th March 2021

Speaker: Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, University of California Irvine School of Law


Contact the Centre for Law & Social Change

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom


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