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Dr Elizabeth O'Loughlin, PhD, LLM, LLB

Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights in the Durham Law School
Director of Undergraduate Admissions (Law) , Durham Law School
Co-Director of the Human Rights Centre, Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42834
Room number: PCL124

(email at elizabeth.a.o'


Dr Elizabeth O’Loughlin joined Durham Law School as an Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights in 2019. She has previously worked at City University, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Leeds. She has held visiting positions at Melbourne Law School, where she was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow in Comparative Constitutional Law, and at the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists in Nairobi. She holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, where she worked on a European Research Council-funded study entitled ‘A Sociology of the Transnational Constitution’. She also holds an LLM (by research) from the European University Institute and an LLB from the University of Leeds. During her time at Manchester, she was founding director of the Manchester International Law Centre’s Women in International Law Network. At Durham, Elizabeth co-directs the Human Rights Centre, and teaches on public law and human rights modules across the undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes.

Elizabeth is a comparative public lawyer. Her recent research has focussed upon the function of international law in constitutional reform in Kenya, empirical methods in English administrative law, and the function of judicial review of the UK ombudsector.

She welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective doctoral candidates in any of her research interests.


Research Interests

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • UK Constitutional Law
  • UK Administrative Law
  • The relationship between International law and Constitutional Law


  • The Individual and the State
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Advanced Issues in Human Rights

Research Groups

Durham Law School

  • Human Rights Centre

Research Interests

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • UK Administrative Law

Selected Publications

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Book review

  • O'Loughlin, EA (2017). Kenya’s Constitution in a global context. International Journal of Constitutional Law

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