Visiting Professor Iyiola Solanke returns to teach European Union Law course

Group photo of law students outside the Worrell Professional Center

Professor Solanke poses with her students this semester on the last day of class.

After a hiatus in 2014-15, Visiting Professor Iyiola Solanke returned in Fall 2015 to teach a concentrated course through the third week of September on the law of the European Union as she has done since 2010.

“It is a privilege to be invited to teach an intensive course on EU Law at Wake Forest and I always look forward to my time here,” she says. “Wake Forest not only has a good cohort of international students but also many students with a genuine interest in international affairs. My students are very interested in the EU and its role in the world so engage quickly with the topic. Recent issues such as the migrant crisis have been mentioned regularly and I am thrilled to think that my students will now be able to explain to their peers and professors why a common response continues to elude the European Union.”

Solanke is a professor at Leeds Law School in the United Kingdom and she has also visited at the University of Michigan.

Her scholarship involves anti-discrimination law as well as EU law. She was an editor for the Race and Ethnicity section of the American Political Science Association and is now an editor for EUtopialaw, a blog on EU law. Her work is empirical and interdisciplinary, and her articles have appeared in the Columbia Journal of European Law, the Industrial Law Review and the Modern Law Review. She is author of a book entitled, “The Evolution of Anti-Racial Discrimination Law,” and has also written on judicial independence in the European Union. She published her textbook on EU law (Pearson) in May 2015. Her present writing project is a monograph on stigma and anti-discrimination law. She is a member of the University Association for European Legal Studies and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

“Professor Solanke brings a wealth of experience to Wake Forest,” Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) explains. “She organizes an international forum that investigates black experiences of policing in the EU and a forum to support and inspire women in the legal profession. She has analyzed Europe’s growing pains as it embraces the EU, and she has thought critically about how different countries practice and redress discrimination.  We’re so lucky to have her.”

“Our EU Law course was one of my most enjoyable courses thus far,” said Candice Diah (JD ’17). “It was a short course, so we learned a lot in little time. However, the course was well-organized, so we weren’t rushed to learn the information and there was lots of time for class discussion. Professor Solanke is very knowledgable about the different legal systems in the world, so she made many comparisons in class to evaluate the effectiveness of EU Law policies versus other systems in the world. Our class also had several international students and students who have lived in different European countries. The dynamic of our class offered a unique opportunity for open discussion.”