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Dr Patrick Nash

Research Fellow


Dr Patrick Nash (LLB, MSc, PhD, FHEA, BPTC) completed his ESRC-funded doctoral thesis in 2016 at the University of Bristol on the question 'How Should English Law Relate to Islam?' He taught jurisprudence, public law, criminal law, tort law and family law at Bristol Law School and Newcastle Law School before joining the Woolf Institute as a Research Fellow in October 2018. He has concurrently completed the BPTC under scholarship and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2019 (Lincoln's Inn). He was admitted to St Edmund's College at the University of Cambridge as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in October 2019. His research interests lie in the fields of Anglo-American jurisprudence; the political philosophy of Frederic William Maitland; canon law; medieval corporate theory; and the relationship between English law and British Islam.

English Civil Law & British Islam: A Strategic Review

Patrick is working to finish a book, British Islam and English Law, for the 'Law in Context' series by Cambridge University Press. The project is due for completion in 2021 and aims to place the fraught relationship between English civil law and British Islam on a more principled and practical footing. The theoretical aspect of the research analyses the two most influential models for regulating religion – liberal individualism and multiculturalism – and finds them wanting in important ways across various sectors affected by the growth of Islam. It argues for an alternative regulatory model, liberal pluralism, which focuses upon the protection of institutions and is better able to address unofficial normative systems generated by Islam and associational activity more generally within civil society. The applied side of the project examines multiple (non-criminal) fields of English law – family, charity, education, finance, representation, welfare, prison management and immigration – in order to identify problems and design workable reforms with a view to reducing tensions and easing integration.


2019 'The Never-Ending Story? Or, Does the Roman Catholic Church Remain Vulnerable to Charges of Improper Handling of Clergy Child Sex Abuse?', Oxford Journal of Law & Religion 0: 1–30

2017 'Sharia in England: The Marriage Law Solution', Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 6(3): 523-543

Forthcoming Books

2019 '"Regrettably it is not that simple": The Case for Minimalistic Marriage Laws' in forthcoming edited collection with Bristol University Press

2021 British Islam & English Law, Cambridge University Press, 'Law in Context' series


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