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Dr Wanjiru Njoya

Senior Lecturer

Amory 141

My research highlights the significance of individual liberty and the classical ideal of equality in the common law tradition. Selected publications:


Redressing Historical Injustice: Self-Ownership, Property Rights and Economic Equality (with David Gordon) Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023).

Economic Freedom and Social Justice: The Classical Ideal of Equality in Contexts of Racial Diversity Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). With a Foreword by David Gordon, Mises Institute. The book analyses the egalitarian foundations of equality law from a classical liberal perspective.

Property in Work: The Employment Relationship in the Anglo-American Firm. Studies in Modern Law and Policy (Ashgate, 2007). This book draws upon my doctoral research, evaluating the common law conceptualisations of ownership and property rights underpinning the contract of employment.

Articles and Book Chapters:

'Response to Symposiasts' in Symposium on Wanjiru Njoya’s Economic Freedom and Social Justice: The Classical Ideal of Equality in Contexts of Racial Diversity, (2023) 11 Cosmos + Taxis, 31 (with David Gordon).

'A Critique of Equality Legislation in Liberal Market Democracies' (2021) 25(1) Journal of Libertarian Studies 272. This article argues that equality schemes are neither harmless nor costless, drawing upon examples from the UK to show some of the ways in which equality legislation undermines the rule of law.

'The Acceptable Face of Capitalism: Law, Corporations and Economic Wellbeing' (2018) 29 King's Law Journal. This article highlights the contribution made by large corporate employers in enhancing prosperity and economic wellbeing. I argue that the ideal of economic equality matters not only for its own sake, but also for its contribution to the more important goal of enhancing human flourishing and fuller participation in social and economic life.

'The contract of employment, corporate law and labour income' in Mark Freedland (General Editor) The Contract of Employment (Oxford University Press, 2016). My chapter explores the conceptual links between workers' income expectations, whether or not expressed formally through contracts, and the legal interpretations of the wage-work bargain. I argue that these conceptual links are important in understanding the debates surrounding income inequality.

With Alice Carse, 'Labour law as the law of the business enterprise' in A Bogg, C Costello, ACL Davies and J Prassl (eds) The Autonomy of Labour Law (Hart Publishing, 2015) Our chapter explains how labour law meets a range of policy goals including employment protection and enterprise flexibility, profitability and competitiveness.

Modules taught


PCAP (Exeter) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

8th CB Madan Prize, University of Nairobi, Kenya

LLB (Nairobi) LLM (Hull) PhD (Cambridge) MA (Oxford)

Research Associate, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge

Rhodes Scholar (St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and Kenya, 1998)


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