Professor Luke Mason
Professor Luke Mason is a philosopher and legal theorist whose work focuses on labour law, legal philosophy and legal education. He is Professor of Jurisprudence and Head of the School of Law at Birmingham City University.
Luke’s research covers a broad range of fields. His primary doctrinal interest lies in labour law and social policy, in particular concerning the legal construction and regulation of economic relationships in the context of work. His work also focuses on international, comparative and European elements of labour law.
Luke’s work also looks at broader questions of legal theory, in particular regarding the nature of legal knowledge and legal thought, and how ideas from art, literature and science might shed light on legal knowledge and vice versa. Luke’s work on legal reasoning also informs his research on legal education and legal education policy, which examines the notions of law embedded within different models of legal learning.
Luke has taught law, philosophy and social policy at various universities in several countries. He has won numerous awards for teaching and curriculum design, including, in 2014, the Law Teacher of the Year prize. Luke is an experienced leader within legal education, and has held numerous senior and strategic positions within law Schools and universities in relation to research, teaching and curriculum development, as well as the Head of School role. He has extensive experience of curriculum design within higher education, at both under- and postgraduate level, and of doctoral supervision in his fields of expertise. He has worked extensively as an external examiner and as an external evaluator in the validation of degree programmes in law and connected fields.
As of Spring 2021, Luke is Chair of the Association of Law Teachers (ALT). He was previously vice-chair, and has also chaired the ALT’s policy sub-committee. He has held numerous other external positions, including, most recently, director on the board of Birmingham Law Society.
Prior to joining Birmingham City University, Luke was previously at St Mary’s University in London, and before that at the University of Surrey. He has also recently taught at the Sorbonne Law School (Paris I); the Catholic University of Paris; EM Normandie; and the University of Bordeaux, where he was Visiting Professor of comparative labour law at the COMPTRASEC research centre (CNRS). He has also previously taught or researched at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, King’s College London, Oxford and the EUI, and has been invited to give guest or keynote lectures at various Universities, including Paris I, Paris-Dauphine, Bangor, Bari, St Petersburg State University and Brescia.
An important part of Luke’s recent work is his application of legal ideas to a broader artistic practice. Luke collaborates with artists and other creators to forge a link between legal scholarship and cultural output. In recent years this has included the co-production of a short film in which he also appeared, and a connected joint gallery exhibition in London. He is currently engaged in a large Europe-wide performative project involving artists, thinkers and the general public to engage in political philosophy through encountering contested spaces and ownership.
Luke has also done extensive consulting and policy work in the UK and abroad, and has made occasional media appearances in his fields of expertise. Beyond academia, Luke is a published author of a short fiction and poetry, and a qualified football coach.