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Mark Emerton

  • Qualifications: MA (Oxon), LLM (Portsmouth), LLM (Cardiff), Barrister
  • Role Title: Visiting Fellow
  • Address: c/o Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: c/o 02392 844095
  • Email: mark.emerton@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth Law School
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


During a career as a naval officer I qualified as a barrister, before leaving the RN to become a Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission, investigating miscarriages of justice. Whilst serving in the RN, I completed the first LLM to be awarded by Portsmouth University. I have wide judicial experience, ranging from courts-martial to immigration and asylum appeals, and have also held senior ombudsman and regulatory appointments.

A salaried Employment Judge since 2009, I initially worked in London, and am now based in Southampton. I hear Employment Tribunal cases involving discrimination and employment disputes. I am a tutor at the Judicial College, organise the training for Employment Tribunals in the South West Region, and have led a training seminar in discrimination law for European judges. A Master of the Bench at Gray's Inn, I am also involved in the professional and advocacy training of Bar students.


My main research interests relate to the law of organised religions, and the complex position of religion and belief in secular law. I am a tutor on the LLM (Canon Law) at Cardiff University, presenting seminars on canon law and a wide range of law-and-religion issues, whilst researching a part-time PhD on Ecclesiastical Courts. A member of the Law and Religion Scholars Network, until recently I served on the committee of the Ecclesiastical Law Society. I am also interested in researching wider employment and discrimination/human rights law issues, and collaborating in other areas linked to my professional experience.



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