pecans committee meetingOne of the objectives of the CentreLGS PECANS International Workshops and Network Development Programme is to set up a PECANS Committee, which is responsible for the management PECANS activities, and developing PECANS into the future. 

The responsibilities of the committee include:

  • Organising the PECANS international workshops
  • Deciding on visiting fellowship applications
  • Developing the PECANS network
  • Redeveloping the PECANS website

Meet the PECANS Committee:

Charlotte Bendall

Charlotte Bendall (University of Birmingham):

Charlotte is a PhD student and Teaching Associate at the University of Birminghan. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis entitled 'Gender in intimate relationships: a socio-legal study', supervised by Dr. Rosie Harding. This project is exploring how civil partnerships and same sex marriage can help to challenge social and legal constructions about the gendered nature of roles in intimate relationships. More specifically, it is looking at how family law professionals negotiate gender in their interactions with their lesbian and gay clients, and whether they have attempted to apply the traditional norms of masculinity and femininity to this new context. It is also examining whether civil partners feel obliged, when going to the 'law', to claim that their relationships are like heterosexual ones, and asking how reflective they perceive such a claim to be a way that they conduct their relationships in 'reality'. Charlotte's primary research interests are in the fields of family law and law, gender and sexuality. She holds an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College) and an MSc in Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Bristol. Email 

Kimberley Brayson

Kimberley Brayson (Queen Mary, University of London):

Kimberley is a PhD candidate in the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research concentrates on the adequacy of human rights discourse to protect the rights of those who are not explicitly included under the European Convention of Human Rights and the UK Human Rights Act 1998. She specifically looks at Muslim women situating this in a theoretical context which argues for the retention of a universal human rights framework which can support the redefinition of the substance of human rights through an ongoing process of communication. She holds an LLB (Hons) degree in English Law and German Law from the University of Kent and a LLM/DEA Masters in Legal Theory from the European Academy of Legal Theory

Katie Cruz

Katie Cruz (University of Nottingham):

Katie is a PhD student in law at the University of Nottingham and teaches public law at Birkbeck, University of London. Katie also participates in feminist and sex work organising in London. Her research seeks to interrogate recent accounts of depolitisation in feminist legal and political theory, as well as in radical feminist and sex work theory and activism. She is concerned with whether, and how, these narratives play out in contemporary sex work activism, and with what consequences for the present and future of feminist activism within/out the state and law. She has an LLB from Kings College, University of London and MA in Socio-Legal & Criminological Research from the University of Nottingham. Email



Mujde Erdinc

Mujde Erdinc:

Mujde has recently received her PhD degree from the University of Limerick, Ireland, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Her thesis critically examines immigration governance in Denmark by generating a feminist approach on the basis of a Foucaldian governmentality framework. Apart from the fields of gender and sexuality, she is interested in the intersection of law and politics, and especially immigration politics, social justice and the broader context of identity politics in connection to the ideas of governmentality and biopolitics. Mujde holds an MA degree in International Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden, and a BA degree in Politics and International Relations from Bosphorus University, Istanbul. Email:

Nikki Godden

Nikki Godden (Newcastle University):   

Nikki is a lecturer at Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University, and is completing her PhD at Durham University. Her research evaluates different legal conceptions of and routes to justice for rape victims, primarly in relation to criminal law, restorative justice and tort law. She teaches criminal law, tort law and medical law, and is co-founder and editor of the blog Inherently Human: Critical Perspectives on Law, Gender & Sexuality. Prior to this, she completed her MJur at Durham University and LLB at the University of Leicester. Email:

Emily Jones:   

Emily is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS (University of London). Her research broadly focuses on feminist theory philosphy and jurisprudence in application to international law, with a particular focus on conceptions of sovereignity and the state throughout international law. She holds an MA in Gender, Society and Representation from UCL and an LLB Law degree from the LSE. Contact: 

Kay Lalor

Kay Lalor (University of Westminster):

Kay obtained her PhD in the Department for Advanced Legal Studies at the University of Westminster, where she has also taught modules on human rights and sexuality.  Her doctoral thesis explores conceptualisations of sexual identity and sexual rights in international law and activism, drawing on socio-legal analysis, post-colonial and critical theory.  Kay holds a B.A. in Social and Political Science from Cambridge University and an MSc in Human Rights from the LSE. Email:

Linda Roland Danil

Linda Roland (University of Leeds):

Linda is presently a Doctoral Candidate, Teaching Assistant and Researcher based at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, UK. She graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 with an LLB in Law (Hons), before moving on to undertake an MA in Gender Studies (Research) at the University of Leeds (2010). Her work and research interests encompass a wide range of subjects, including law, gender and sexuality studies, war, psychoanalysis, post-modernism, post-structuralism, film studies, and art.

Yvette Russell

Yvette Russell (Queen's University Belfast):  

Yvette is Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast, School of Law, and a PhD candidate at Kent Law School. She teaches feminist jurisprudence and criminal law.  Her doctoral thesis uses a poststructuralist feminist theoretical framework to analyse the western rape trial. Yvette holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of Auckland and an LLM from New York University. Email:  

Arturo Sánchez García (University of Kent):

Arturo became involved in the human rights field working in feminist and youth organizations promoting the defence of sexual and reproductive rights. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis "Sexual Rights: Lessons of Empowerment and Resistance from Latin America" supervised by Dr. Kate Bedford and Prof Didi Herman; the project is focused on the study of the judicialization of sexual rights in Mexico. His areas of interest are sexuality and Latin America, queer studies, social movements, and postcolonial feminism. Arturo holds an MA in Human Rights from the Institute "Bartolomé de las Casas", University Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) where he co-founded the Grupo de Estudios Feministas and contributed to programmes on participative education in human rights. He is currently an Hourly Paid Lecturer at Kent Law School, University of Kent. Email: 




PECANS Advisory Panel:

Donatella Alessandrini


Donatella Alessandrini (University of Kent)

Donatella Alessandrini is a Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, University of Kent. She is the author of Developing Countries and the Multilateral Trade Regime: The Failure and Promise of the WTO’s Development Mission (Hart, 2010). Her research interests are in the areas of critical development studies, trade theory and practice, feminist and critical political economy, and neo-liberalism. Her current research explores the challenges financial innovations bring to the regulation of the ‘real’ economy.  Email:


Rosie Harding


Rosie Harding (Birmingham Law School) 

Rosie is a lecturer in law at Birmingham Law School. She obtained her PhD at the University of Kent. Rosie's research explores the place of law in everyday life with a particular focus on legal consciousness studies, resistance and lesbian and gay equality struggles. Her book, Regulating Sexuality explores lesbian and gay experiences of recent changes to the regulation of family life. Her primary interests are in discrimination law and family law, particularly the regulation and recognition of caring and intimate relationships. Her broader research interests are in the gender, sexuality and law field, and also include human rights, labour law and the intersection of law and psychology. Her current research project is a critical evaluation of care, particularly the challenges of caring for people with dementia. Email:



Sarah Keenan (School of Oriental and African Studies):

Sarah is lecturer at SOAS, and completed her PhD at the University of Kent. Before coming to study in Britain Sarah completed a BA/LLB at the Australian National University in Canberra and worked as a Judge's associate in the Supreme Court of Queensland and a casework solicitor for the Prisoners' Legal Service in Brisbane. Her research is on spaces of belonging, uses methodologies from legal geography and critical theory to re-think socio-legal issues usually framed in terms of identity politics. She also teaches property law. Email: