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Professor Julia Black

Interim Director and Pro Director for Research

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Julia Black is currently Interim Director of the School, and will continue to serve as Pro Director for Research at LSE. School Management Committee (SMC) is headed up by Julia, who organises and directs the School. 

Julia joined the LSE Law Department in 1994. She completed her first degree in Jurisprudence and her DPhil at Oxford University. She has had a British Academy / Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney and at All Souls College, Oxford. In 2014 she was the Sir Frank Holmes Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the University of Victoria, Wellington.

Julia has written extensively on regulatory issues in a number of areas, and has advised policy makers, consumer bodies and regulators on issues of institutional design and regulatory policy. Julia was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015 and granted the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance’s lifetime achievement award for her work on regulation in 2016.

Research interests

Julia's principal research interest is to explore the nature, dynamics and legitimacy of regulatory regimes, both state and non-state. She has a particular interest in financial services regulation, and risk and regulation.

External activities

Julia has advised a number of governmental and consumer bodies in the UK and overseas, including the OECD, the National Audit Office, the environment agencies of the UK and Ireland, the Legal Services Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Financial Services Authority, the Bank of England, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Law Commission of England and Wales, and the Australian Law Reform Commission.

She is a lay member of the Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and chair of the SRA Policy Committee. Julia was an academic advisor to the Bank of England's Fair and Effective Markets Review and to the Bank’s Open Forum in 2015. She was also a member of the Stern Review of the Research Excellence Framework in 2016.

Julia is General Editor of the Modern Law Review and is on the editorial boards of Law and Policy, Regulation and Governance and the Journal of Financial Regulation.