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Professsor Grace James


Academic Lead

Areas of interest

Work-Family Reconciliation Policies, Gender and Employment, Discrimination Law, European Employment Law, the Employment Tribunal System, the regulation of mental health in the workplace.


Contract Law

Module Convenor for Employment Law

Research centres and groups

Member of the ESRC Peer Review College

A qualified Executive Coach (since 2023)


Grace James joined Reading Law School in 2002. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1999 where she also worked as a Research Fellow. Professor James was awarded a grant from the Nuffield Foundation to research pregnancy-related unfair dismissal litigation at employment tribunals in England and Wales and in 2007 she was awarded AHRC Research Leave to complete a monograph with regard to this work. In 2010, she was awarded AHRC funding to establish a research network to consider law's engagement with working families (Families And Work Network - FAWN - with Professor Nicole Busby at Strathclyde University).

Grace was an Outputs Assessor for REF 2021 and is currently Co-Investigator on a research project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, re: Maternal Well-Being, Infant Feeding and Return to Paid Work Decisions (see Maternal well-being, infant feeding and return to paid work decisions - Accommodating Diversity in the Workplace (

Professional bodies/affiliations

Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law



  • Busby. N and James, G (2023) ‘Covid-19 and the legal regulation of working families’ in Stychin, C  (editor) Law, Humanities and the Covid Crisis, University of London Press, London.


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