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Professor Iyiola Solanke

Chair in EU Law and Social Justice
Areas of expertise
EU law; anti-discrimination law and stigma; weight and law; comparative race and law; intersectional discrimination; critical race theory; social movements; judicial diversity, gender and judging
University of Leeds
Faculty of Social Sciences
School of Law

Iyiola Solanke is the Chair of European Union Law and Social Justice within the University of Leeds Law School.

She is a former Visiting Professor at the Harvard University School of Public Health and Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute.

She is the author of ‘EU Law’ (Pearson 2015), ‘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. In 'Discrimination As Stigma' sets out a new paradigm for anti-discrimination law that adopts a public health approach, as presented in her TedX talk in 2019.

Professor Solanke is an Academic Bencher of the Inner Temple and founder of the Black Female Professors Forum, which promotes the visibility and progress of Black women in academia.

She chaired the Inquiry into the History of Eugenics at UCL and was recently appointed Inaugural Dean of EDI at the University of Leeds.


Iyiola is Principal Investigator on the Co-POWeR project and is working on Work Package 1 (WP1) 'Emergency Powers' with Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya and Monica Bernal Llanos.