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Professor Helen Fenwick, LLB, BA

Professor in Durham Law School
Director of Postgraduate Studies, Durham Law School
Director of Academic Recruitment, Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42831
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42801
Room number: PCL121
Director of the Human Rights Centre

Contact Professor Helen Fenwick (email at h.m.fenwick@durham.ac.uk)

Research Supervision

Mr Alan Inglis

Mr Chris Wood

Ms Rachel Cullen

Ms Katherine Thompson

Mr Mathew Plampton

Mr Faris Al-Anaibi

Biography

My research interest lies in the field of civil liberties and human rights. Within that field my main interests are in counter-terrorist law and policy, media freedom of expression (in particular contempt law, obscenity law and privacy law), public protest, and the influence of the European Convention on Human Rights under the Human Rights Act. The publications listed below, in particular my two single-authored books, concentrate on those areas. My current research focuses on counter-terrorist measures, media freedom of expression and judicial reasoning under the Human Rights Act.

I am interested in supervising research students (for PhDs or Mjurs) in the following areas:  The Human Rights Act, Bills of Rights, counter-terrorism law and policy, privacy and media freedom, hate speech laws, English contempt law or obscenity law.

Teaching Areas

Media Law
Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Organisation and Promotion of Research

  • Human rights Consultant for Doughty Street Chambers, ongoing
  • 2005-9 Director of Research, Durham Law School; responsible for the RAE submission and Chair of the Research Committee
  • Co-Director of the Durham University Human Rights Centre 2001-2012
  • Convenor of the Civil Liberties and Human Rights Subject Section for the Society of Legal Scholars 2002-2012

 

Media

  • 2013 (August 19) Aftenposten (Norwegian) "Camerons høyest betrodde sendt for å presse The Guardian"

  • 2013 (August 19) Huffington Post Live discussion of Schedule 7 Terrorism Act 2000

  • 2013 (August 18) Christian Science Monitor (Boston) "Detention of journalist's partner highlights broad UK terror laws"

  • 2013 (June 16) Real Radio Interview on the possible response to the Boston bombings in relation to the London Marathon in terms of counter-terror precautions

  • 2013 (June 5) Inherently Human: Critical Perspectives on Law Gender and Sexuality Blog "Is Article 8 ECHR the feminist Article?"

  • 2013 (June 5) UK Constitutional Law Group blog “Article 8 ECHR, the ‘feminist Article’, women and a ‘Conservative’ Bill of Rights”

  • 2013 (March 21) UK Constitutional Law Group blog "The Report of the Bill of Rights Commission: disappointing Conservative expectations or fulfilling them?"

  • 2013 (15 March) Radio Teeside Interview on Jimmy Savile case and legal definitions of sexual harassment

  • 2012 (9 October) UK Constitutional Law Group blog ‘What’s wrong with s2 Human Rights Act?’

  • 2012 (7 April) UK Constitutional Law Group blog and the UK Human Rights Blog 'An appeasement approach in the European Court of Human Rights?'

  • 2012 (2 April) BBC Radio Newcastle on proposals for new powers to monitor communications

  • 2011 (13 Dec) Televised interview with Andrew Neil on BBC2 (broadcast Feb 2012) for 'Rights gone wrong?' outside European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg about the ECHR and the future of the Human Rights Act

  • 2011 (1 Nov) UK Constitutional Law Group blog The Conservative anti-ECHR stance and a British Bill of Rights: rhetoric and reality; Conservative policy on the Human Rights Act: the role of the Bill of Rights' Commission and the aim of handing back autonomy to the UK in human rights matters

  • 2011 (3 Oct) BBC Newcastle phone interview on future of the Human Rights Act

  • 2011 (17 Oct) Contributed to discussion of contempt law - BBC Radio 4

  • 2011 (4 Oct) Contributed to Channel 4 News on announcement of a potential tightening of immigration rules in relation to deportation

  • 2011 (July) Interview on Radio Atticus, Australia, on proposals for 'Clare's Law'

  • 2008 Radio 4 interview on Handyside case

  • 2004 Interview on "Law in Action" BBC Radio 4 on Laporte - case on breach of the peace and rights to protest under the Human Rights Act

  • 2003 Interview on "Law in Action" BBC Radio 4 on the right of public protest

Consultancy/Expert Advice

  • In March and April 2013 worked on comments on the draft UNODC freedom of expression tool. Attended UNODC International Expert Group Meeting on 11-12 April, Vienna, Vienna International Centre, involving 50 international experts from law, from journalism and from NGOs from around the world, 1 for each country represented; the meeting was the main event in the UNODC Initiative on Promoting Responsible and Professional Reporting on Corruption on the basis of the UN Convention against Corruption. July 2013draft document circulated: Promoting Responsible and Professional Reporting on Corruption on the Basis of the United Nations Convention against Corruption; provided comments on: Journalistic Source Protection and intimidation of journalists, especially at borders (example of Miranda and Sched 7 Terrorism Act 2000); the right of access to information; self-regulation of the press; ‘citizen journalism’.  The freedom of expression tool will be finalized and promulgated to all the UN member states in late 2013.

  • Law Commission ongoing work on reform of contempt law: relates to my three chapters on contempt in Fenwick and Phillipson Media Freedom under the Human Rights Act (2006,OUP), and to my chapter in Borrie and Lowe on Contempt (Lexis Nexis, 4th edn 2010). Law Commission: Contempt of Court: A Consultation Paper (No 209) (2012). Chap 4 referred extensively to the three chaps on contempt I wrote in Media Freedom. I also wrote, with G Phillipson, a briefing note on the consultation for the Commission in November 2012.

  • Gave evidence to the Joint Committee on the Draft Enhanced Terrorism Prevention Measures Bill (ETPIM Bill) on 24th October 2012. The Committee was conducting pre-legislative scrutiny on the draft Bill, and reported to Parliament on November 9th 2012 with its recommendations (Draft Enhanced Terrorism Prevention Measures Bill: Report HL Paper 70, HC 495, 27.11.12) which included a range of references to my evidence (at pp6,18,25,26,30, 31). 

  • Universities UK, AREC and University of Warwick working in partnership 24.4.13 - training session for research ethics officers, research assistants, IT personnel: Counter-terrorism law and security research

  • Expert advisor for Liberty

  • Advice on counter-terrorist policy to Canadian High Commissioner 2006

  • Expert assessor OSCE ODIHR Roundtable, Warsaw 2006

  • Council of Europe: expert advice on criminal justice and public order laws, Armenia, 2008, Moldova 2001

  • 2001 - present Human Rights Consultant for Doughty Street Chambers, London

Research Groups

Centre for Criminal Law & Justice

  • CCLCJ

Durham Law School

  • Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
  • Durham European Law Institute
  • Gender & Law at Durham
  • Human Rights Centre

Research Projects

Durham Law School

  • Grants

Research Interests

  • Counter-terrorist law and policy
  • Media freedom of expression (in particular contempt law, obscenity law and privacy law)
  • Public protest
  • Human Rights Act; proposals for a Bill of Rights

Selected Publications

Books: authored

  • Fenwick, Helen. & Phillipson, G. (2010). Text Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights. Routledge.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2007). Civil Liberties and Human Rights. London: Routledge.

Books: edited

  • Fenwick, H (Forthcoming). Supperstone, Goudie and Walker: Judicial Review. Lexis Nexis.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2012). Developments in Counter-terrorist measures and uses of Technology. Routledge.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2010). Supperstone, Goudie & Walker: Judicial Review. Lexis Nexis.
  • Fenwick, H., Masterman, R. & Phillipson, G. (2007). Judicial Reasoning under the UK Human Rights Act. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Books: sections

  • Fenwick, H (2014). Post 9/11 UK counter-terrorism cases in the European Court of Human Rights: a ‘dialogic’ approach to rights’ protection or appeasement of national authorities? In Critical Debates on Counter-Terrorist Judicial Review. de Londras, F & Davies, F Cambridge University Press.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2013). Conservative anti-HRA rhetoric, the Bill of Rights "solution" and the role of the Bill of Rights Commission. In The United Kingdom's statutory Bill of Rights constitutional and comparative perspectives. Masterman, R. & Leigh, I.D. Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2013). Origins of Rights and Freedoms. In Halsbury's Laws. Lord Mackay of Clashfern (series editor) & Falkowski, D. (consultant editor) LexisNexis Butterworths. 88A.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2013). The Human Rights Act. In Halsbury's Laws. Lord Mackay of Clashfern (series editor) & Falkowski, D. (consultant editor) LexisNexis Butterworths. 88A.
  • Fenwick, H (2013). The Human Rights Act and Article 5 ECHR. In Puri and Treasaden, Forensic Psychiatry. Hodder Arnold.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2013). The role of unincorporated human rights standards in English law. In Halsbury's Laws. Lord Mackay of Clashfern (series editor) & Falkowski, D. (consultant editor) LexisNexis Butterworths. 88A.
  • Phillipson, Gavin. & Fenwick, Helen. (2012). UK counter-terror law post 9/11: initial acceptance of extraordinary measures and the partial return to human rights norms. In Global Anti-Terrorism Law & Policy (2nd ed). Ramraj, V. Hor, M. Roach, K. & Williams, G. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 481-513.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2010). Introduction. In Supperstone, Goudie & Walker: Judicial Review. General Editors: Sir Michael Supperstone; James Goudie QC; and The Honourable Mr Justice Walker. Editor for the Fourth edition: Helen Fenwick UK: Lexis Nexis.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2007). Judicial Reasoning in Clashing Rights cases; Introduction; Conclusion. In Judicial Reasoning under the Human Rights Act. Phillipson, G. & Masterman, R. (eds) Cambridge University Press.
  • Fenwick, Helen. & Phillipson, G. (2005). Legislative over-breadth, democratic failure and the judicial response: fundamental rights and the UK’s anti-terrorist legal policy. In Global Terrorism. Ramraj, V., Hor, M. & Roach, K. Cambridge University Press.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2003). The reaction of Great Britain's legal order to September 11 2001. In Terrorismus und Recht – Der wehrhafte Rechtsstaat. Munich: Hanns Seidel Foundation.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2002). Responding to 11 September: Detention without trial under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. In Superterrorism. Freedman, L Prof. Wiley. 80-104.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (1998). Introduction to Professor Andrew Ashworth's The European Convention on Human Rights and English Criminal Justice: Ships which pass in the Night? In The Public Law of Europe and the Common Law of the UK. Andenas, Dr M. Keyhaven Publications. 215-226.

Essays in edited volumes

  • Fenwick, Helen. (2012). Replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights: creating greater Parliamentary autonomy on human rights matters. In Confronting the Human Rights Act: contemporary themes and perspectives. Kang-Riou, Nicolas, Milner, Jo & Nayak, Suryia Routledge. 291-326.
  • Fenwick, Helen. & Phillipson, G. (2010). UK Control Orders as a Counter-Terrorism Strategy: reading down liberty and due-process rights. In The Impact of Contemporary Security Agendas against Terrorism on Criminal Law and Law Enforcement. Max Planck Institute.

Monographs

  • Fenwick, Helen. & Phillipson, G. (2006). Media Freedom under the Human Rights Act. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2000). Civil Rights: New Labour, Freedom and the Human Rights Act. Longman.

Journal papers: academic

  • Fenwick, H (2013). Designing ETPIMS around ECHR Review or Normalisation of “Preventive” Non-Trial-Based Executive Measures? Modern Law Review 76(5): 876-908.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2012). The Human Rights Act or a British Bill of Rights: creating a down-grading recalibration of rights against the counter-terror backdrop? Public Law (July 2012): 468-490.
  • Fenwick, H & Phillipson, G (2011). Covert Derogations and Judicial Deference: Redefining Liberty and Due Process Rights in Counterterrorism Law and Beyond. McGill Law Journal 56(4): 863-918.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2011). Preventive anti-terrorist strategies in the UK and ECHR: Control orders, TPIMs and the role of technology. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology 25(3): 129-141.
  • A, Tomkins., H, Fenwick. & L, Lazarus. (2011). Terrorist asset-freezing – Continuing Flaws in the current scheme. International Review of Law, Computers and Technology 25(3): 117-128.
  • Choudhury, Tufyal. & Fenwick, Helen. (2011). The impact of Counter-terrorism measures on Muslim communities. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology 25(3): 151-181.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2010). Recalibrating ECHR rights and the role of the Human Rights Act post 9/11: reasserting international human rights norms in the “war on terror”? Current Legal Problems 63(1): 153-234
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2009). Marginalising human rights: breach of the peace, “kettling”, the Human Rights Act and public protest. Public Law 2009(4): 737-765.
  • Fenwick, Helen. & Baker, A. (2007). Constructing the Terrorist Suspect. New Delhi Law Journal Golden Jubilee Celebrations 541-672.
  • Fenwick, Helen. & Choudhury, S. (2005). Taking the Rights of Parents and Children Seriously: Confronting the Welfare Principle under the Human Rights Act. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 25(3): 453-492.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2004). Clashing rights, the welfare of the child and the Human Rights Act. Modern Law Review 67(6): 889-927.
  • Fenwick, Helen. & Phillipson, G. (2004). National Irish Bank v RTE and Finding the Balance: Breach of Confidence, privacy and the public interest test in England and Ireland. 55(2) NILQ 35
  • Fenwick, Helen., Bonner, D. & Harris-Short, S. (2003). The Human Rights Act - the Story so far. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 52: 549-586.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2002). The Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001: A Proportionate Response to 11 September? Modern Law Review 65(5): 724-762.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2001). Covert Surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Power Act Part II. The Journal of Criminal Law 65(6): 515-531.
  • Fenwick, Helen. & Phillipson G. (2001). Direct Action, Convention values and the Human Rights Act. Legal Studies 21(4): 535-568.
  • Fenwick, Helen. & Phillipson, G. (2000). Public Protest, the Human Rights Act and Judicial Responses to Political Expression. Public Law 625-648.
  • Fenwick, Helen. & Phillipson G. (2000). The Doctrine of Confidence as a Privacy Remedy in the Human Rights Act Era. Modern Law Review 63(5): 660-693.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (1999). Privacy, the Media and the Human Rights Act. Journal of Civil Liberties 363-369.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (1999). The Right to Protest, The Human Rights Act and the Margin of Appreciation. Modern Law Review 62: 491-514.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (1998). From Formal to Substantive Equality: The Place of Affirmative Action in European Union Sex Equality Law. European Public Law 4(4): 507-516.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (1997). Procedural Rights of Victims of Crime: Public or Private Ordering of the Criminal Justice Process? Modern Law Review 60: 317-333.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (1997). Charge-Bargaining and Sentence Discount: The Victim's Perspective. The International Review of Victimology 5: 23-36.
  • Fenwick, Helen. & Phillipson, G. (1996). Confidence and Privacy: A Re-examination. Cambridge Law Journal 55(3): 447-455.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (1996). Perpetuating Inequality in the name of Equal Treatment. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 18(2): 263-270.
  • Fenwick, Helen. & Hervey, T. (1995). Sex Equality in the Single Market: New Directions for the European Court of Justice. Common Market Law Review 32 443-470.

Books: reviews

  • Fenwick, Helen. (2010). Review of Bonfire of the Liberties: New Labour, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, by K.D. Ewing. Journal of Law and Society 37(4): 682-686.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2009). Review of Daniel Moeckli Human Rights and Non-discrimination in the “War on Terror”. Human Rights Law Review 9(2): 343-345.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2008). A review of 'Civil Liberties' by Conor Gearty. European Human Rights Law Review (6): 809-812.

Conference papers

  • Fenwick, H (2013), Post 9/11 UK counter-terrorism cases in the European Court of Human Rights: a ‘dialogic’ approach to rights’ protection or appeasement of national authorities?, Critical Debates on Counter-Terrorist Judicial Review. Durham, England.
  • Fenwick, H (2013), Setting the limits of political self-determination in democracies in relation to international human rights, Centre for International Law and HUman Rights. University of Lancaster.
  • (2013), The Bill of Rights Commission Report: disappointing Conservative expectations or fulfilling them?, Bill of Rights Commission Report: Where are we now?. Durham, England.
  • Fenwick, H (2013), The Bill of Rights Commission Report: Fulfilling Conservative expectations and airing Conservative plans, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference. Edinburgh.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2012), Counter-terror strategies, the roles of technology and accountability: mass camera surveillance in the UK as a case study, The Hague, The Netherlands Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Leiden University.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2011), Constructing suspect Muslim communities: UK preventive counter-terrorist strategies in conflict with human rights Keynote lecture, 25 Nov; Immigration & Integration in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities, The London International Human Rights Congress 2011: 'Immigration & Integration in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities'. Houses of Parliament, London, The Institute of Cultural Diplomacy.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2010), Counter-terror law and policy in the UK post 9/11: acceptance of extraordinary measures and the incremental return to adherence to ECHR human rights norms, Conference on Global Anti-Terrorism. Sydney, Australia.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2010), The Human Rights Act or a British Bill of Rights - riding back on human rights' protection?, The Human Rights Act – 10 years on. Salford, England.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2009), Breach of the peace, the Human Rights Act and public protest, Modern Convention on Liberty. Belfast, UK.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2009), Current UK counter-terrorism policy: Responding to Belmarsh - the UK control orders regime, New York, USA (Cardozo Law School).
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2009), Marginalising human rights: breach of the peace, “kettling”, the Human Rights Act and public protest, SLS Centenary Conference. Keele, England.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2009), Private Information and Public Places: Recent Developments in European and English Law, Luxembourg.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2009), Re-defining the rights to liberty and due process in the context of counter-terrorism – the control order phenomenon, Freiburg, Germany, Max Planck Institute.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2009), Recalibrating ECHR rights, and the role of the Human Rights Act post 9/11: reasserting international human rights norms in the “war on terror”?”, Current Legal problems lecture. London, England (UCL).
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2007), The Human Rights Act, Public Protest and Judicial Activism, The Individual vs. the State. Budapest, Hungary (Central European University).
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2006), Constructing the Terrorist Suspect, New Delhi, India (Indian Law Institute).
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2006), Counter-terrorism Law and Policy in the UK: the changing balance between human rights and security, Warsaw Symposium on Terrorist Law and Policy. Warsaw, Poland, the Transatlantic Policy Consortium.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2005), The Relationship between Freedom and Security in Europe, The British Perspective. Berlin, Germany, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2004), Fundamental rights and the UK’s anti-terrorist legal policy, international conference on Global Terrorism. Singapore, Malaysia.
  • Fenwick, Helen (2004), Indefinite Detention without Trial - the “response” of Great Britain's legal order to September 11 2001: conflicts with fundamental rights, The European Anti-Terrorist Legislation and the protection of fundamental rights and liberties. Brussels, Brussels.
  • Fenwick, Helen (2004), Part 4 ACTSA – recent developments, SLS conference. Sheffield, England.
  • Fenwick, Helen (2003), Breach of confidence after NIB v RTE, the Human Rights Act and the Convention, international symposium on Freedom of Expression. Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
  • Fenwick, Helen (2002), Why bother with rights when public safety is at risk?, Hamlyn Lectures: Human Rights, Serious Crime and Criminal Procedure. London, England.
  • Fenwick, Helen. (2001), State Surveillance: in the Human Rights Act era, Human Rights Unit launch at University of Leeds. Leeds, England.

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • English Law: civil liberties issues - especially police powers and discrimination
  • Law & Crime: Counter-terrorist law and policy
  • Terrorism: Counter-terrorist law and policy
  • Terrorism: Terrorism
  • Politics & Society: Public protest
  • Law & Crime: Media freedom of expression (in particular contempt law, obscenity law and privacy law)
  • English Law: Media freedom of expression (in particular contempt law, obscenity law and privacy law)

Supervises