Iyiola Solanke

Jacques Delors Chair of European Law

Iyiola Solanke is Jacques Delors Professor of European Union Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Somerville College.

Professor Solanke was previously Professor of European Union Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds Law School and the Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the University. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawai’i School of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law and Harvard University School of Public Health.  Professor Solanke is a former Jean Monnet Fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute. She is an Academic Bencher of the Inner Temple.  

Her research focuses on institutional change, in relation to both law and organisations. Her work adopts socio-legal, historical and comparative methodologies. She is the author of ‘EU Law’ (CUP 2022), ‘Making Anti-Racial Discrimination Law’ (Routledge 2011) and ‘Discrimination as Stigma – A Theory of Anti- Discrimination Law’ (Hart 2017), as well as many articles in peer reviewed journals.  

She founded the Black Female Professors Forum to promote visibility of women professors of colour, and the Temple Women’s Forum North to promote engagement between legal professionals and students in and around Yorkshire. In 2018 she chaired the Inquiry into the History of Eugenics at UCL and she is currently leading two research projects: Co-POWeR, an ESRC-funded project looking into the impact of COVID on practices for wellbeing and resilience in Black, Asian and minority ethnic families and communities; and Generation Delta, a RE/OfS-funded project promoting access to and success in PGR study for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women. 

Other current projects focus on legal protection from weight discrimination as well as de-colonising European Union law. 



Research Handbook on European Anti-Discrimination Law (with Professor Colm O’ Cinneide, UCL and Dr Julie Ringelheim, U. of Louvain) (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2022)

EU Law (Cambridge University Press, 2nd Edition July 2022)

‘On Crime, Society and Responsibility in the work of Nicola Lacey’, Festschrift for Nicola Lacey (OUP, 2021)
Discrimination as Stigma: A Theory of Anti-Discrimination Law (Hart 2017) 256pp. Paperback – June 2019[1]

Refereed Journal Articles

‘The Impact of Brexit on Black Women, Children and Citizenship’ (2021) Journal of Common Market Studies https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jcms.13103

‘‘The anti-stigma principle and legal protection from fattism’ Fat Studies Journal (2021) Vol 10 (2) 125-143. Reprinted in von Liebenstein, S (ed.) Legislating Fatness Current Debates in Weight Discrimination, Policy, and Law (Routledge, 2022) (https://www.routledge.com/Legislating-Fatness-Current-Debates-in-Weight-Discrimination-Policy-and/Liebenstein/p/book/9781032230368#)

Where are the Black Judges in Europe?’ Connecticut Journal of International Law, Vol 34 (3) 289, 2019[3]

Book Chapters

‘Conclusion: Shifting Forwards in Empirical EU Studies’ in Researching the Europe Court of Justice: Methodological Shifts ed Madsen, Nicola and Vauchez (CUP 2022)

‘The EU Approach to Intersectional Discrimination’ in the Routledge Handbook on Gender and EU Politics ed. Abels, Kriszan, MacRae and van der Vleuten (Routledge, 2020)

Policy/Other Papers

Solanke, V. I.; Ayisi, F.; Bernard, C.; Bhattacharyya, G.; Gupta, A.; Kaur, R.; Lakhanpaul, M.; Padmadas, S.; Rai, S. M. (2022-06-15). Co-POWeR Policy Brief: “Protecting wellbeing and resilience in BAME families and communities during a public health emergency”. eprints.whiterose.ac.uk. doi:10.48785/100/93 (cited on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_of_the_COVID-19_pandemic_on_Black_people#United_Kingdom, footnote 2)

Written submission to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee ‘Coronavirus Act 2020 Two Years On’ – available at:
https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/42506/html/ (2022). Cited in https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/9356/documents/160698/default/. Para 72, p.22 and 28)

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