Dr James Gould

Dr James Gould

Lecturer in Law

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)


James is currently a Lecturer in Law at the University of Plymouth. This role involves legal research, teaching (lectures and tutorials), and administration. James joined the University of Plymouth from the University of Exeter in 2018. He completed his PhD in Law at the University of Exeter and served as an Associate Lecturer. Prior to this he was a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant. He was supervised by Professor Rebecca Probert, Professor Simon Honeyball, Professor Esther Reed, and Professor Sean Coyle. He further read for his undergraduate degree in law at the University of Exeter and has also taught law at the University of Bristol.

He has given numerous research papers both nationally and internationally. Further he has acted as an editor/peer reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan and Oxford University Press, and also for the journal Law & Justice

James has been called to the Bar (Middle Temple) and has sat on the committee for the Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association since 2015. He has also worked extensively with Nicholas Isaac QC.


Member of the SLS. Member of the SoLCG Research Committee and FoB Research Ethics and Integrity Committee. Member of SCuLE (Science, Culture and the Law at Exeter) and the Human Rights and Democracy Forum research groups. Commissioned as a Blackstone and James Wilson fellow. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Since 2013 he has served as a non-executive trustee/director for the charity, Adventure Plus. He is also an accredited mediator (ADR Group).

James has further volunteered for both the CAB and FRU. This is in addition to giving regular legal opinion, by invitation, on BBC Radio Devon.    

Scholarships and awards

  • College of Social Sciences and International Studies Postgraduate Research Award: SSIS College, University of Exeter 
  • Diamond Jubilee Moot - winner  
  • Exeter Mooting Scholarship: School of Law, University of Exeter
  • Professor Sir Norman Anderson Scholarship in Law and Ethics: KLICE, Tyndale House, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge 
  • Middle Temple International Internship Award: MTYBA, Middle Temple
  • Dentons Mooting Competition - second place award
  • DEMLA Debate - winner
  • Bristol IV Moot - first place award
  • Cliff Poole Memorial Award: Devon and Exeter Medico Legal Association  

Teaching interests

Employment Law (Module Leader) - LAW3228/2217

Equity and Trusts (Module Leader) - LAW3243/3120

Commercial Law - LAW3233

Contemporary Legal Issues - LAW1216/1218

Dissertation Supervisor

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Gould J 2019 'Natural Law and the ‘Resistance’: A Normative Approach to the Skywalker Narrative in The Last Jedi' International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique , DOI PEARL
Gould JP 2019 'A Supreme Matter of Conscience: Lady Hale's Engagement with Article 9 ECHR' Plymouth Law Review PEARL
Gould JP 0 'Review of Litigating Religions: An Essay on Human Rights, Courts and Beliefs by Christopher McCrudden Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York 2018, xiv + 196 pp (hardback £50) ISBN: 978-0-19-875904-1' Ecclesiastical Law Journal PEARL
Other Publications

J Gould, 'The ‘modern humanist tradition’ – transforming natural law reasoning into natural rights jurisprudence' - 2019, SLS Annual Conference, UCLAN.

J Gould, ‘Reasonable Accommodation: A Tool for Social Change?’ – 2019, Law and Social Transformation Conference, Lancaster University.

J Gould, ‘Litigating Religions: An Essay on Human Rights, Courts and Beliefs by Christopher McCrudden’ (2019) 21(2) Ecc. L.J. 236.

J Gould, ‘A Supreme Matter of Conscience: Lady Hale’s Engagement with Article 9’ (2018) Plymouth Law Review 46.

J Gould, ‘Reasonable accommodation: a balancing of rights, legitimate interests and protected characteristics?’ – 2018, Flashpoints Conference, Nottingham Trent University.

J Gould, ‘Religion, Equality and Employment in Europe: The Case for Reasonable Accommodation by Katayoun Alidadi’ (2018) 20(3) Ecc. L.J. 362.

J Gould, ‘Taking Equality (Law) Seriously’ - 2018, School of Law, Criminology and Government Research Seminar Series, University of Plymouth.

Invited to Princeton, USA by the editors of the American Journal of Jurisprudence for a seminar series - 2016.

J Gould, ‘Equality Act 2010: law, reason and morality in the jurisprudence of Robert P. George’ – 2014, University of Oxford, Law Faculty.

J Gould, ‘A conscious uncoupling: can law and religion separate but remain friends?’ – 2014, LARSN Conference, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University.

J Gould, ‘Robert P. George’s Practical Reasoning in the United Kingdom’s Religious Liberty and Anti-Discrimination Law’ - Funded by the British Academy - 2012, Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin, Turkey.

J Gould, ‘New Natural Law - Jurisprudential Discrimination in the ECHR?’ – 2012, Postgraduate Conference, University of Exeter.

J Gould, ‘Religious Discrimination Law: a 'New Natural Law' Perspective’ – 2011, KLICE Postgraduate Seminar, Tyndale House, Cambridge.

J Gould, ‘E v English Province of Our Lady of Charity and another: [2012] EWCA Civ 938’ (2012) 3 Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 1.

J Gould, ‘Review of The Collected Essays of John Finnis: Volumes I-V’ (2012) 37 Themelios 161.

J Gould, ‘Generous Justice’ (2011) 36 Themelios 367.