Layard, Professor Antonia

Prof. Antonia Layard

Wai Chi and Stephen Man Fellow in Law

Academic background

Antonia studied for her BA and DPhil in Law at Oxford, received Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Public Health from Columbia University and an LLM from the LSE. She started her academic career at Oxford, at Mansfield College’s Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics and Society, and then held posts at the Universities of East Anglia, Exeter, Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol. Antonia’s research interests are in law and geography where she explores how law, legality and maps construct space, place and ‘the local’. She has particular interests in ‘urban law’, and the legal provisions and practices involved in highways, mobilities and buses. She is currently writing a book, the Paradox of Public Space, which considers how the lack of consistent legal definitions for public space produces tensions for their management, surveillance, privatisation and sites for contested heritage.

Antonia is an Academic Member of both the AHRC and ESRC Peer Review Colleges and has undertaken a number research projects with NGOs, particularly in relation to children, public space, buses and climate change, funded by the AHRC, the ESRC, the University of Bristol and the British Academy. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law, Property and Society and was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law and Society (2010-2020). She also has a longstanding involvement with the Socio-Legal Studies Association including as Vice Chair (2019-21) and is an academic member of the AHRC and the ESRC Peer Review Colleges.  More information on her research and copies of pre-publication papers can be found at She tweets very occasionally as @antonialayard.

Recent Publications

  1. ‘The Highway: A Right, Place or Resource?’ in Carolyn Abbott and Maria Lee (eds). 2022. Taking English Planning Law Scholarship Seriously (UCL Press, 2022)
  2. (with Room 13 at Hareclive E-Act Academy) ‘Vehicles for Justice: Buses and Advancement’ (2022) Journal of Law and Society 49(2), 406-429 (shortlisted for the SLSA Best Article Prize 2023)
  3. (with Martin George) Thompson’s Modern Land Law. Oxford: OUP.
  4. ‘Law, Place & Maps’ in Robyn Bartel and Jennifer Carter (eds). 2021 Research Handbook on Space, Place and Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  5. ‘Property as Socio-legal Institution, Practice, Object, Idea’ in Jiri Priban (ed). 2020. Research Handbook on Sociology of Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  6. ‘Not on the Buses’ (2020) University of Bristol Law School Working Paper, 1-86.
  7. ‘Researching Urban Law’ (2020) German Law Journal 21(7), 1446-1363.
  8. ‘Privatising Public Land’ (2019) Journal of Property, Planning & the Envt, 11(2), 151-168.