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Professor Tom Allen, BA, LLB, LLM, PFHEA

Professor in Durham Law School
Pro Bono/IPSEA, Durham Law School
Director of the ILM, Durham Law School
Master of Grey College
Member of the Human Rights Centre
Chair of Colleges (Interim) (, PVC Colleges & Student Experience Office

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Tom Allen has a BA from Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, an LLB from Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Canada, and an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He began his academic career at Durham in 1991, and has previously held posts at Newcastle Law School and the University of Leeds. Prior to entering academic life, Professor Allen practised law in Toronto, Canada and taught secondary school mathematics as a volunteer in Botswana.

His principal area of research concerns property as a human right. He has published a number of articles on the topic and two books, The Right to Property in Commonwealth Constitutions (Cambridge, 2000) and Property and the Human Rights Act 1998 (Hart Publishing, 2005).

Professor Allen was Visiting Adjunct Professor at Cornell Law School, Cornell University, USA in the Fall Semester, 2005, and has been a visiting lecturer at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Professor Allen became the Master of Grey College, Durham, in October 2011.

Teaching Areas

Research Groups

Durham Law School

  • Human Rights Centre
  • Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law

Research Projects

Durham Law School

  • Grants

Research Interests

  • The right to property in constitutional and international law

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Allen, Tom. (2005). 'Property and the Human Rights Act 1998'. Oxford.: Hart Publishing.
  • Allen, Tom. (2000). The Right to Property in Commonwealth Constitutions. Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Allen, Tom (2016). Constitutional law, Social Justice and the Redistribution of Land. In Property and Human Rights in a Global Context. Xu, Ting & Allain, Jean Oxford: Hart. 63-92.
  • Allen, Tom (2014). The Right to Property. In Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia. Dixon, R. & Ginsburg, T. Cheltenham, UK Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar. 250-276.
  • Allen, Tom. & Douglas, Benedict. (2011). Closing the Door on Restitution: The European Court of Human Rights. In Transitional Jurisprudence and the ECHR. Buyse, Antoine. & Hamilton, Michael. Cambridge University Press. 208-238.
  • Allen, Tom. (2011). The Right to Property. In Comparative Constitutional Law. Ginsburg, Tom. & Dixon, Rosalind. Edward Elgar. 504-518.
  • Allen, Tom. (2008). Controls over the Use and Abuse of Eminent Domain in England: A Comparative View. In Private Property, Community Development & Eminent Domain. Malloy, Robin Paul. Ashgate Publishing. 75-99.
  • Allen, Tom. (2003). The Autonomous Meaning of ‘Possessions’ under the European Convention on Human Rights. In Modern Studies in Property Law. Cooke, E. Oxford: Hart Publishing. 2: 57-80.

Journal Article

  • Allen, Tom (2018). Constitutional Rights in the Irish Home Rule Bill of 1893. Journal of Legal History 39(2): 187-215.
  • Allen, Tom (2017). The Purposes of Land Settlement in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, 1898-1914: Drawing Paths through the Weeds. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 45(6): 894-922.
  • Allen, Tom (2015). The Revival of the Right to Property in India. Asian Journal of Comparative Law 10(01): 23-52.
  • Allen, Tom (2012). General Principles of International Law and the Autonomous Interpetation of the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law 8(1): 91-100.
  • Allen, Tom. (2010). Liberalism, Social Democracy and the Value of Property under the European Convention on Human Rights. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 59(4): 1055-1078.
  • Allen, Tom. (2007). 'Restitution and Transitional Justice in the European Court of Human Rights'. Columbia Journal of European Law 13(1): 1-46.
  • Allen, Tom. (2007). Compensation for Property under the European Convention on Human Rights. Michigan Journal of International Law 28(2): 287-335.
  • Allen, Tom (2007). Property as a Fundamental Right in India, Europe and South Africa. Asia-Pacific Law Review 15(2): 193-218.
  • Allen, Tom. (2005). 'Transitional Justice and the Right to Property under the European Convention on Human Rights'. Stellenbosch Law Review 3: 413-430.
  • Allen, Tom. (2005). Human Rights and Regulatory Takings. Journal of Environmental Law 17(2): 245-264.
  • Allen, Tom. & Ulph, J (2004). 'Transactions at an Undervalue, Purchasers and the Human Rights Act 1998'. Journal of Business Law 1: 1-33.
  • Allen, Tom. (2002). Scandalising the Court: The Impact of Bills of Rights. Asia Pacific Education Review 10(1): 1-28.
  • Allen, Tom. (2000). 'The Power to Acquire Property on Just Terms'. Sydney Law Review (22): 351-380.

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