Professor Iyiola Solanke

Iyiola Solanke

Professor Iyiola Solanke MSc, PhD holds the Chair in EU Law and Social Justice in the School of Law, University of Leeds.

She is also an Academic Bencher with Inner Temple.

She founded the Black Female Professors Forum (BFPF) in 2017 to highlight the dearth of Black women in academia and focus minds on changing this.

She also formed the Temple Women’s Forum North (with Taryn Lee QC) in 2013 to encourage women and support their success at all levels of the legal profession.

In 2017 – 2018 she chaired the Inquiry into the History of Eugenics at UCL.

In addition to peer-reviewed articles, Professor Solanke is the author of two monographs – ‘Discrimination as Stigma’ (Hart, 2017) and ‘The Evolution of Anti-Racial Discrimination Law’ (Routledge, 2009) – and a textbook on ‘EU Law’ (Pearson, 2015).

Her work is interdisciplinary and she pursues social justice with academics, activists, policy-makers and politicians in the UK and abroad.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman