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Professor of Law, University of Liverpool

Professor Barker’s research takes a feminist approach to the broad areas of constitutional and family law. Her past publications include the Hart/SLSA prize-winning monograph, Not the Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage (Palgrave, 2013) as well as two edited collections and numerous articles and book chapters on the topics of marriage and conjugality, the Bermuda Constitution, and LGBT rights in the British Overseas Territories. She was also commissioned by the United Nations to prepare a background paper on the evolution of marriage for their flagship report, ‘Progress on the World’s Women 2018: Families in a Changing World’, which was published in the UNWomen Discussion Paper Series. Professor Barker was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 2018-19 to undertake a feminist critique of the UK’s Human Rights Act, which will be published as a monograph in 2022.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Kent


  • 2008 
    University of Keele, PhD Law