School of Law

Professor Kate Malleson, BA (Hons) (Lond), MPhil (Cantab) PhD (Lond), Solicitor, Academic Bencher of Middle Temple


Professor of Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8120
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Kate Malleson's full CV [PDF 60KB]

Kate Malleson’s main research interests are the judiciary, the legal system and the constitution. She has recently completed a three year joint AHRC funded project on the Politics of Judicial Independence in Britain’s Changing Constitution. The findings were published by Cambridge University Press in a book of the same title in 2015.

She has a particular interest in judicial selection and a focus of her recent work has been the lack of diversity in the composition of the judiciary and the legal profession.

Together with a group of colleagues from academia, legal practice and the judiciary she set up the Equal Justices Initiative to monitor developments in judicial appointments and to promote the appointment of equal numbers of women and men to the bench in the UK.

She is also the co-director with Professor Lizzie Barmes of the Centre for Research on Law Equality and Diversity which was established at Queen Mary in 2015 as a forum for academics, practitioners, judges and policy-makers who share an interest in the role of law in promoting greater equality and diversity in public and private institutions.

In 2010 she completed a joint three-year AHRC funded project on the selection of judges to the International Courts. The findings were published by OUP in 2010 in a book entitled Selecting International Judges: Principle, Process and Politics. A related research project in 2008 funded by the British Academy explored the selection process to the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Together with Professor Lizzie Barmes and colleagues from the Geography department and the School of Business and Management at QM she established an AHRC funded Research Network on Promoting Equality and Diversity through Economic Crisis. The Network organised four workshops from 2010-2012 and sought to advance understanding of the effects of the economic downturn on equality and diversity policies across places, sectors, and social groups; and of the possibilities for resisting negative outcomes and effecting positive change.

Kate Malleson was a member of the REF 2014 law panel is also an academic Bencher of Middle Temple. She is currently Director of the London Social Science ESRC Doctoral Training Centre run jointly by Queen Mary and Goldsmiths College.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • LLB Public law

Postgraduate Teaching

  • QLLM023 Courts in Comparative Perspective
  • PhD Research methods
  • MA by Research in Law - Research methods



Kate Malleson - publications [PDF 17KB]

Kate Malleson's SSRN page

Professor Kate Malleson - International Women's Day 2011 Podcast [MP3 4.08 MB]

Key publications:


Recent Journal Articles

  • ‘The Evolving Role of the UK Supreme Court’ Public Law October 2011 pp. 754-772
  •  The Legal Profession as Gatekeepers to the Judiciary: Design Faults in Measures to Enhance Diversity’ Modern Law Review, 2010 vol 74, Issue 2, pp 245
  • 'Diversity in the judiciary: The case for Positive Action' Journal of Law and Society, Volume 36, Number 3, September 2009, pp. 376-402(27)
  • 'Promoting Judicial independence in the international Courts: Lessons from the Caribbean' International and Comparative Law Quarterly Volume 58, Issue 3, July 2009, pp. 671-697.

Recent chapters in edited collections

  • 'Gender Quotas for the Judiciary in England and Wales' in  U. Shultz and G Shaw (eds) 'Gender and the Judiciary' Hart Publishing (2013)
  • 'Appointment, Discipline and Removal of Judges – Fundamental Reforms in the United Kingdom' in HP Lee (ed) (2011) Judiciaries in Comparative Perspective Cambridge University Press
  • 'Who Goes Upstairs: Appointments to the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords' in Blom-Cooper,  Drewry and  Dickson (eds) The Judicial House of Lords, OUP (2009).

PhD Supervision

Kate Malleson welcomes proposals for postgraduate research in the fields of the judiciary, courts and comparative judicial studies, the legal profession and diversity and the legal system.

Current PhD students

  • Stuart Goosey
  • Aleksandra Jordanoska
  • Alberto Merino