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Associate Professor in Law in the Durham Law School+44 (0) 191 33 46856


Johanna joined Durham Law School in 2015, having previously taught at the University of Warwick, the LSE and Birkbeck. She holds degrees from SOAS (BA in Arabic), Birkbeck (LLB) and the LSE (MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society; PhD in Law). She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Before joining academia, Johanna worked for ten years in private practice as a consultant to the electronic money sector. She now acts as senior legal adviser to the Electronic Money Association. She has co-drafted the UK sectoral anti-money laundering guidance for the electronic money and cryptoasset sectors and continues to be involved in regulatory and legislative initiatives in this area at both UK and EU level. 

Johanna researches in property theory with a particular focus on the trust. Her research is shaped by European philosophies of law and justice, and she is a founding member of the Durham Centre for Law & Philosophy.

Room number: PCL142

Research supervision

Johanna welcomes MJur and PhD proposals in the areas of trusts law, electronic money, cryptoassets and property theory, as well as proposal in legal theory more broadly. Please contact her for further information, including on available scholarships.

Research interests

  • Legal theory
  • Philosophy of law
  • Property theory
  • Trusts law
  • Electronic money
  • Digital assets


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