In 2003, I won a scholarship from the Centre of European Law and Legal Studies at the University of Leeds to read for a PhD. For my doctoral thesis, I carried an empirical study into the existence of multi-level governance in the implementation of European regional policy in the English regions. I was awarded my doctorate in November 2008. Before coming to Manchester Law School as lecturer in law in 2006, I was associate lecturer at Edge Hill University and the Universities of Manchester and Leeds. I have led the LLM at Manchester Law School since 2010 and am currently a principal lecturer.
Academic and professional qualifications
LLB (Hons) in Law with French (Manchester Metropolitan University, 1996-2000)
LLM in European Law and Policy (Distinction) (University of Manchester, 2000-2001)
PhD in European Law and Governance (University of Leeds, 2003-2008)
Other academic service (administration and management)
LLM Programme Director
French and Spanish
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Law of the European Union and Human Rights?
LLB Law of the European Union
LLB Human Rights
GDL Law of the European Union
Unit Leader for LLM European Migration and Asylum Law
Unit Leader for LL.M Law, Terrorism and Human Rights
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
Supervision of PhD research in the areas of the law of the European Union, especially free movement, citizenship and migration & asylum law, and human rights, especially counter-terror law.
External examiner roles
Previously external examiner at University of Westminster (GDL) and Edge Hill University (LLB)
Currently external examiner at De Montfort University (LLB) and University of Sussex (LLM)
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
JD. Mather (2005). The Court of Justice and the Union Citizen. European Law Journal. 11(6), pp.722-743.
JD. Mather (2005). A Politico-Legal Approach to a Multi-Tiered, Twenty-First Century Europe. Journal of Contemporary European Research. 30(1),
Chapters in books
JD. Mather (2010). The United Kingdom. In: The 2009 Elections to the European Parliament. Palgrave,
JD. Mather (2005). European Parliamentary Electoral Law and the 2004 Elections: Towards Uniformity or Commonality?. In: The 2004 Elections to the European Parliament. Palgrave MacMillan,
JD. Mather Ten Years on: Union Citizenship and its Upbringing. University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, 1/4/2003.
Engagement & Knowledge Exchange
Media appearances or involvement
Regular contributor on European legal and political issues to programmes on LBC Radio