Jessica is a law lecturer at the Open University. She took her undergraduate law degree at Durham University and her masters in international human rights law and European Union law at Bristol University. She studied theology at the Open Theological College and theology of law at Spurgeon’s College. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1991 and worked as a law reporter for the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales in the Chancery, Queen’s Bench and Administrative Divisions of the High Court as well as in the Court of Justice of the European Union. She has taught EU external relations law at Bristol University and a level 1 module, Rules, rights and justice, and a level 2 module, Understanding law covering English legal systems and EU law, at the Open University. She gained her fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015.
Jessica’s area of research interest is the synthesis between law & religion studies and constitutional theory and philosophical theology. This involves research into freedom of thought conscience and religion and related fundamental rights and the legal scope of religious freedom in public life.
She is Director of the Project on Interdisciplinary Law and Religion Studies at the Open University: http://www.pilarsresearch.com.
Jessica carries out scholarship research in the field of online learning having led a team to win the Stan Marsh prize for best paper at the Association of Law Teachers’ Conference 2016.
Jessica is Module Chair of W201, a level 2 LLB module on public and criminal law and Deputy Module Chair of W102, a stage 1 LLB module Concepts and Perspectives covering key national and international legal principles and traditions.
Jessica is an OpenPAD mentor and is training as an APPLAUD mentor.
Jessica is an associate editor of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and member of the council of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics. She is a member of the Law and Religion Scholars Network and the International Consortium of Law and Religion Scholars.