Michael Connolly

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Equality and discrimination law, contract law, consumer and commercial law.

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I teach and supervise UG and PG students, and welcome PhD proposals in the areas of equality and discrimination law, or contract, consumer and commercial law.

I also serve on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars, and the London Management Committee of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association.

Research Interests

My principal research interest is in Discrimination and Equality law, especially the employment discrimination laws of the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, South Africa, Canada, and Australasia. I speak regularly on this subject in Britain and the United States. I have published many papers on the comparative discrimination law and written several books on the subject. (For some recent publications, see the 'Outputs' section.) My latest book, Equality, Discrimination, and the Law (2022, Routledge) is out now. This follows The English Judiciary, Discrimination Law and Statutory Interpretation: Easy Cases making Bad Law’ (2018, Routledge). I hope to produce a third edition of my textbook Discrimination Law (2011, Sweet & Maxwell) in due course.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

MA, LLM, University of Warwick

Award Date: 12 Apr 2001

Other, LLB, University of West London

Award Date: 1 Jun 1990

Ph.D., University College London


  • K Law (General)
  • Equality, discrimination, contract, commercial, agency, sale of goods.


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