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Mr. Jordan Buck

Member of the Durham Law School

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Jordan is reading for a Master of Jurisprudence (MJur) at Durham Law School and is a member of University College. He holds an undergraduate Law degree (LLB) from St John’s College, Durham University.

Jordan works as a research and teaching assistant on the LLM Frontiers in Biolaw and LLM Global Environmental Law modules. He has previously been a guest lecturer for the LLB Law and Medicine module.

He was actively involved as an executive member of the Durham University Bar Society, and currently serves in an advisory non-executive capacity to the committee. He has extensive public speaking experience, having chaired one of the UK’s largest professional development conferences and having judged and participated in numerous debating and mock trial competitions.

Jordan speaks English (native), French, and German and has tutored in all three. He is tentatively working on learning Russian and Mandarin.

Current Research

Jordan’s research focuses on the exercise of parental rights and responsibilities in the determination of the best interests of very young children, primarily in the end-of-life context, in the UK and Germany. It seeks to compare the legal and social constructions of parental rights and children’s rights in both jurisdictions, evaluating their respective approaches with a view to proposing a way forward ensuring that treatment decisions with respect to young children are more equitable.

Jordan’s thesis will argue that children’s rights and best interests constitute the teleological root and ultimate purpose of parental rights, and as such the determination of a child’s best interests cannot be a purely discretionary exercise undertaken by the parents. To this end, his thesis will propose that parental rights are held as a proxy to the child’s rights and may therefore require parents to set aside their own views and interests in making treatment choices for their child.

His research is supervised by Dr Sam Halliday (primary) and Prof Emma Cave (secondary).

Research Groups

Durham Law School

  • Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences

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