Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Jacqueline Kinghan

Senior Lecturer in Law & Social Justice


LLB (Hons) (Edin) LLM (Harv) PhD (Gold) PG Cert (Higher Ed) (UCL)



Jacqueline joined Newcastle Law School in 2020 as a senior lecturer in law and social justice having previously been the founding Director and principal teaching fellow in the UCL Centre for Access to Justice at UCL Faculty of Laws.


As a trained barrister Jacqueline is interested in both the theory and practice of access to justice and their relationship to legal education. With expertise broadly in social welfare, equality and human rights law her teaching and research explores the legal professional identity and values of social justice lawyers working in these areas. Jacqueline works closely with charities, law centres and NGOs across the UK in considering how the use of legal tools might alleviate disadvantage and create social change. Her monograph Lawyers, Networks and Progressive Social Change: Lawyers Changing Lives will be published by Bloomsbury (Hart publishing) in 2021.


In 2012 Jacqueline established the clinical legal education programme at UCL Faculty of Laws, including a strategic litigation partnership with the charity Just for Kids Law and wide ranging pro bono projects with local, national and international charities and NGOs. Together with colleagues, she had oversight of the UCL Integrated Legal Advice Clinic (iLAC) in Stratford, East London. The Centre received the UCL Social Enterprise Award in 2015.  


Jacqueline was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard Law School, a Middle Temple Queen Mother Scholar and held an AHRC PhD Studentship (Goldsmiths). Prior to entering academia, she worked variously as a judicial assistant at the House of Lords and UK Supreme Court, as a research associate at the UN and a postgraduate student member of the Harvard Human Rights Programme. Appointments include external examiner for clinical legal programmes, a committee member of the Access to Justice Committee of the Law Society of Scotland and widening access admissions tutor at UCL.


  • Social Justice Lawyering
  • Legal Education
  • Access to Justice
  • Law and Social Change
  • Social Movements


Jacqueline's scholarship addresses the way in which lawyers collectively work to achieve social change. She studies the relationship between cause lawyers, activists and social movements as well as the impact of different legal tools (advice and representation, policy advocacy, strategic litigation). More recently her work has been concerned with the relationship between legal education and social justice lawyering in the UK.

Together with Professor Lisa Vanhala, UCL Political Science, Jacqueline acts as learning partner to funders, charities and government bodies. They have worked with organisations including the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Children in Need, the Lankelly Chase Foundation, The Baring Foundation, The Legal Education and the Public Law Project.


Jacqueline regularly convenes and delivers workshops, expert roundtables and wider learning events across the UK and was co-founder of a non-profit organisation (Impact, Law for Social Justice) aimed at supporting civil society organisations with scoping, planning and measuring the use of law for social change.



Jacqueline has designed and taught courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level on topics including Access to Justice, Human Rights in Practice and Social Justice.


Partner organisations in teaching include Liberty, Just for Kids Law, the Public Law Project, the Howard League, the Free Representation Unit and Amnesty International (UK).