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Professor Luke Mason

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Head of School

School of Law
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Professor Luke Mason is a philosopher and legal theorist whose work focuses on labour law, legal philosophy and legal education.

Luke’s research covers a wide range of fields. His primary doctrinal interest lies in labour law and social policy, in particular the relationship between constitutional theory and collective and individual labour law. His work also focuses on international, comparative and European elements of labour law.

Another focus of Luke’s research relates to broader questions of legal theory, and in particular how ideas from literature and theoretical mathematics and physics might shed light on the nature of law and legal reasoning, and vice versa.

Luke’s work on legal reasoning also informs his research on legal education and legal education policy, where his work investigates the links between the nature of legal thought and approaches to legal learning.

Luke has taught law, philosophy and social policy in various universities in several countries. He has won numerous awards for teaching and curriculum development, including, in 2014, the coveted national prize of UK Law Teacher of the Year. He has taught extensively in the fields of jurisprudence and legal theory, moral and political philosophy, labour and employment law, including from from comparative, international and European perspectives, legal ethics, legal skills and reasoning, and the law of the European Union.

Luke is an experienced academic manager, and has held numerous senior and strategic positions within law Schools and universities in relation to research, teaching and curriculum development, as well as at departmental managerial level. He has extensive experience of curriculum design within higher education, at both under- and postgraduate level, and of doctoral supervision in the field of labour law and social policy. He has worked extensively as an external examiner and moderator, and has acted as external evaluator and assessor in the validation of numerous degree programmes.

Prior to joining Birmingham City University in late 2018, Luke was previously at St Mary’s University in London, and before that at the University of Surrey. He has also recently taught and researched at the Sorbonne Law School (Paris I); ICP in Paris; the University of Bordeaux, where he was Professor of comparative labour law at the COMPTRASEC research centre. He has also previously taught or researched at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, King’s College London, Oxford, EUI, Westminster, Bangor, Bari, Kingston and St Petersburg, among others.

Luke has been invited to give numerous keynote talks and public lectures, and regularly presents his research at international conferences. He has also done extensive consulting and policy work in in the UK and abroad, including for the Italian and Chinese governments, and has made numerous media appearances in his fields of expertise. He is currently a member of the national executive committee of the Association of Law Teachers. He also engages with artists and other creators to create a link between scientific research and cultural output. He recently collaborated on the development of an independent film, in which he appeared, and conceptual art project with an international team of artists. Beyond academia, Luke is a published author of a short fiction and poetry, and a qualified football coach.

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