Aaron Baker, who has born in 1965, was an internationally recognised expert in employment law, who for nearly 20 years taught at Durham University.
Mr Baker, who lived just outside Richmond in North Yorkshire, was originally from the United States, where he graduated at the top of his class at St Louis University School of Law. He spent the early part of his career as an employment lawyer representing both employers and employees in disability, race, gender and age discrimination cases, and spent a year as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri.
He came to the UK to read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford in 2000 and while there joined the founding editorial board of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal.
After a year at Plymouth University, he was appointed lecturer, and later Associate Professor, at Durham. He served in several leadership roles including as deputy head of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health.
He also built up an impressive body of research, publishing articles in several major journals, including the Modern Law Review, the American Journal of Comparative Law, Public Law and the Industrial Law Journal. He was a co-author of the authoritative textbook Smith and Wood’s Employment Law and was also a visiting professor at the University of Paris-Nanterre.
He is survived by his wife, Kristine, and their two children, Callum and Eliana.