Dr Christina Lienen

Call: 2019

After more than three years in chambers, Dr Christina Lienen has transitioned into full-time work as an academic. She is currently Assistant Professor of Public Law at the British University in Dubai where she teaches UK law, international law, and some regional law.

Christina’s research focuses on constitutional frameworks and rights, judicial reasoning, public law principles and critical socio-legal studies. She also has a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution. Christina previously taught at University College London (UCL), the University of Law (Bristol and London campuses) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Her work has been published both in practitioners’ books and in peer-reviewed academic journals. Her first monograph – “Shaped by the Nuanced Constitution: A Critique of Common Law Constitutional Rights” – was published by Hart Publishing (Bloomsbury) in April 2023.

Christina’s legal practice at the Bar focused on public law, with a focus on social care and mental health law, anti-discrimination and equality law, data protection and privacy law and planning law. While a tenant at chambers, she was instructed by public authorities, companies/NGOs, and private clients. Christina regularly appeared in court, and was also seconded to an in-house legal team at a London local authority where she provided advice on judicial reviews, adult social care and mental health law, and human rights.

Notable cases whilst a tenant included a challenge before the European Court of Human Rights (Asmeta v France), which Christina continues to work on in an academic capacity.

Alongside her academic work, Christina is a certified mediator. She currently mediates on a voluntary basis on Calm Mediation’s Neighbour Dispute Resolution Scheme.