Dr Penny English

Head of Anglia Law School

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Anglia Law School

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management, leadership and law

Penny’s main area of interest is the law relating to cultural heritage: how the law seeks to protect and preserve ancient monuments and archaeological sites, and to regulate the ownership of antiquities.

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Penny has been Head of Anglia Law School since 2012. She originally studied archaeology, and after graduation worked in field archaeology for a number of years in both England and Norway. She then changed career direction and studied law, completing an LLB, LLM and PhD before moving into university lecturing. Her teaching areas have been European Union law, public international law and land law.

Penny has retained links with archaeology as her PhD focused on issues of ownership of archaeological sites and monuments, drawing on her background in both archaeology and law. She continues to be involved with this area of research. She also has an interest in legal pedagogy, being a University Teaching Fellow and a member of the committee of the Association of Law Teachers.

Research interests

  • Cultural heritage law
  • Illicit export and import of antiquities
  • Legal geography
  • Legal education

Areas of research supervision

  • Currently supervising students in topics in the area of public international law and human rights


  • BA, University of Leicester
  • LLB, Staffordshire University
  • LLM, International, European and Comparative Law, Keele University
  • PhD, Keele University
  • MA, Archaeology and Heritage, University of Leicester
  • Certificate in teaching in Higher Education, Keele University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • Committee member, Association of Law Teachers
  • Member, Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member, European Association of Archaeologists
  • Member, World Archaeological Congress

Selected recent publications

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English, P., 2013. Who Owns the Past? Internet Achaeology 33. http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue33/.

English, P., 2008. Cultural Heritage at Different Spatial Scales: 'The Flowering of Cultures’ in the European Union. In: McManamon, F.P., Stout, A. and Barnes, J.A. (Eds.). Managing Archaeological Resources. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.