Part Time and Guest Teachers 2014/15

Tola Amodu holds a PhD from the LSE (thesis title: the history of planning agreements as regulatory instruments in England and Wales) and an LLM from Cambridge University. She is a qualified and practising solicitor, a legal member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and teaches public law at the LSE. Aside from public law, Dr Amodu has a particular interest in regulation (theory and practice).  Email:

Nigel Banerjee teaches on the Law of Business Associations course on the LLB at the LSE. He also teaches on the Company Law course on the LLB at King's College London. Nigel is the general editor of International Corporate Procedures (Jordans) and contributes to Gore-Browne on Companies (Jordans) and the Butterworths Corporate Law Service (LexisNexis). He is currently writing a company law handbook, which is scheduled for publication by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in 2015. Email:

John Carrier (Dr). Formerly Dean of Graduate Studies; Previously Part time lecturer in Medical law; for some years now Part time class teacher in Public Law;
External interests:
Joint Editor of the International Journal of Crime, Law and Justice.
Member: Society of Legal Scholars.
Formerly Chair of the Bar Standards Board Education and Training Committee(2005-11)
Hon. Bencher Lincoln's Inn.
Hon.Fellow Royal College of Physicians , London

Robert Craig.  Email:

Debbie De Girolamo. Email:

Ewan McGaughey see Ewan McGaughey

Grainne Mellon is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers London where she practices in public law, human rights and discrimination. Before coming to the Bar, Gráinne worked in the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Unit of the European Commission in Brussels and at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.Gráinne has also worked as a research assistant in the House of Lords and at LSE and has considerable experience internationally in the field of human rights law and policy. Gráinne studied law at Trinity College Dublin and completed the LLM in Public International Law at the London School of Economics. Emaill:

Manuel Penadés Fons. Manuel Penadés Fons teaches in LL4C5 ‘Fundamentals of International Commercial Arbitration’ and coaches the LSE team for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. His current Ph.D. research focuses on International Arbitration, Cross-border Insolvency and Conflict of Laws. He obtained a LL.M. in International Business Laws from the LSE in 2009 and was also member of the LSE Vis Moot team that year. He holds two degrees from the University of Valencia (Spain) in Law and Business Studies (Hons). Before starting his doctoral studies, he qualified as an abogado (Spain) and solicitor (England & Wales), worked in a major Arbitration firm in London and clerked at the Commercial Court of Valencia. He has been a scholar of the PEPP programme and works occasionally for DG Markt (European Commission) as an external legal expert from Spain. He is the author of the book 'Elección tácita de ley aplicable en los contratos internacionales' (Implied choice of law in international contracts, 2012), co-editor of 'Liber Amicorum Prof. Iglesias Buhigues' (2012) and author of various articles in the field of international arbitration. Email:

Vivien Prais. Email: Vivien Prais is responsible for the undergraduate course in Commercial Law (LL209) and the graduate course LL4A5 on Investment Funds Law in Europe. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and is also a qualified solicitor. She has written on company law, legal expenses insurance and comparative civil procedure. Recent publications were:

  • ‘REITS in the UK and Germany: time for change.’ (with Peter Scherer) Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, Vol 25 No 06, June 2010, pp.345-348

  • ‘Newcits: have we been there before?’ (with Mariano Giralt) Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, Vol 25 No 10, November 2010, pp. 605-607

  • ‘The ‘outlook’ for ETFs.’ (with Mariano Giralt) Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, Vol 26 No 05, May 2011, pp 265-267

Marian Roberts (email: is qualified as a barrister and a social worker. She has been in continuous practice as a family mediator since 1982, working in one of the first (and largest) family mediation services to be established in this country, The SE London Family Mediation Bureau, set up in 1979. Her practice focuses on high conflict disputes over children. She has been recognized under the Legal Services Commission's competence assessment procedure for the purposes of practising in publicly funded family mediation cases. She is a member of the College of Mediators.
    During the 1990's she was responsible for overseeing the creation and development of National Family Mediation's national training and professional practice framework. This included the development of policies, practice guidelines and training on mediation in relation to children, cross-cultural mediation and domestic abuse. She was co-manager, with Dr. Judith Trowell (Tavistock Clinic) and Professor Michael King (Law Department, Brunel University) of the first child protection mediation scheme to operate in the UK, funded by the Department of Health (piloted 1995-1999).
    She was a member of the Reunite Steering Group on Child Abduction and Mediation and one of its pool of mediators in a pilot (culminating in a report in October, 2006) exploring the potential of mediation in bi-national child abduction situations. She continues to co-mediate in cases of child abduction under the auspices of Reunite.
    A Governor of the UK College of Family Mediators (the professional regulatory body for all family mediators) until 2006, and member (and former Chair) of its Professional Standards Committee, she also remains closely involved in the development of the regulatory framework for mediation generally. This includes having been a member of the Legal Service Commission's Working Group on the Mediation Quality Mark and currently, a member of its Mediation Advisory Group.
   She is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, teaching on the London University Masters in Law (LL.M) Alternative Dispute Resolution course since 1989 and now the LSE ADR LL.M. She is Professorial Research Associate in the Department of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, teaching on its ADR LL.M.
    Marian Roberts' publications include:


  • Access to Agreement: A Consumer Study of Mediation in Family Disputes, with Gwynn Davis (1988) Milton Keynes: Philadelphia: Open University Press.

  • Developing the Craft of Mediation: Reflections on Theory and Practice (2007) London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. [Finalist in the 2008 CEDR Awards for Excellence in ADR (publications section)]

  • Mediation in Family Disputes: Principles of Practice (2008) [3rd ed.] Aldershot: Ashgate


  • "Systems or Selves? Some Ethical Issues in Family Mediation", Mediation Quarterly, Vol.10, No.1, Fall, 1992.

  • "Whose in Charge? Effecting a productive exchange between researchers and practitioners in the field of family mediation", Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, No.4, 1994.

  • "Family Mediation and the Interests of Women -Facts and Fears", Family Law, Vol.26, April, 1996.

  • "Third Persons In Family Mediation: towards a Typology of Practice", Mediation in Practice, April, 2003. * [* Awarded the John Haynes Memorial Prize, 2004.]

  • "Family Mediation: The Development of the Regulatory Framework in the UK", Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Vol.22, No. 4. Summer, 2005.

  • "Hearing Both Sides: Structural Safeguards for Protecting Fairness in Family Mediation", Mediation in Practice, May, 2005.

  • "Voluntary Participation in Family Mediation", Family Law, Volume 36, January, 2006.

  • 'International Family Mediation and Recommendation No R(98)1: A Chronicle of Expansion Foretold.' International Family Law, December, 2008.

  • ‘Quality Standards for Family Mediation Practice’ published in Family Law; June, 2010; Volume 40; pages 661-666.

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Ermioni Xanthopoulou. Email: Ermioni teaches Law and Institutions of the EU at LSE Law and is a Doctoral Candidate at King’s College London, funded by the Centre of European Law. She is co-editor of the KSLR EU law blog. Her research interests relate to European integration and identity, European Public law and External relations and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. She holds an LLB from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an LLM at EU law (Distinction) from the University of Surrey and was Erasmus student at the University of Burgundy (France). She is a qualified advocate in Greece, worked as an intern at Amnesty International, International Secretariat and as a research assistant for the publication of the ‘European Defence Cooperation in EU Law and IR Theory’ by Dr Theodore Konstadinides and Dr Tom Dyson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She held moreover representative and managerial posts for the King’s research community, working as Finance Officer for the respective research society and as a Registrations Officer for the IGLRC 2013.