Reader in Law, University of Kent

Nicola Barker joined Kent Law School in 2012. Her research and teaching interests are in the broad areas of Family Law and Public Law. She is the author of several articles on marriage and civil partnerships, as well as the book Not the Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage (Palgrave, 2012), which won the Hart/Socio-Legal Studies Association book prize in 2013.

Nicola is also interested in Constitutional Law and Human Rights and she is currently working on two research projects in these areas. The first explores the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on the British Overseas Territories and the second considers feminist critiques of the UK's Human Rights Act.

Research Interests: Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Gender, Sexuality and Law, Marriage and Civil Partnerships


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Kent


  • 2008 
    University of Keele, PhD Law