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Ms Tara Beattie, BA (Juris), LLM dt Rt, LLM

Part-Time Tutor in the Durham Law School

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Tara is a second-year PhD candidate in law. She holds two LLM degrees with distinction (UCL and Ludwig Maximilian's University, Munich), and a BA in Jurisprudence with Law Studies in Europe (Germany) from the University of Oxford. 

She is a part-time tutor for the LLB module Media Law, and a guest lecturer/seminar leader for the module Law, Sex and Crime (Extreme Pornography, Gender Fraud & Stealthing). She has prior teaching experience as a tutor for The Individual and the State (2016/17).

Tara has worked as a research assistant to Professor Clare McGlynn for an Impact Case Study on Image-Based Sexual Abuse, and for projects relating to Sexual History Evidence and Sexual Harassment. She was also a research assistant to Professor Gavin Phillipson for chapters 18 (Freedom of Expression) and 19 (Freedom of Assembly) of Fenwick, Phillipson and Williams' Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights (4th edn, Routledge 2016). 

Prior to commencing her PhD, Tara worked at the Council of Europe in the Department for Equality and Human Dignity. She has also worked for several human rights NGOs and charitable trusts in London

Current Research

Tara's current research is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral studentship award. Her thesis challenges the legitimacy of UK pornography regulations, with particular regard to simulated adult pornography possession offences. The research aims to extend beyond a merely liberal defence of pornography, through exploring values within and understandings of sexuality, privacy, and cultural harm. It thereby seeks to establish, first, that a right to 'extreme' sexuality can, and should, be supported by a sexual privacy doctrine, akin to that seen within the European Court of Human Rights' jurisprudence. Having done so, the research, secondly, aims to set out a cogent, sex-positive feminist framework for regulating sexual imagery generally, with a shift in focus towards consent and individual empowerment.

Office Hours

Fridays 1-2pm (PCL 120)

Research Interests

  • Human Rights
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Social Philosophy

Teaching Areas

  • Part-Time Tutor: The Individual and the State (40 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Jensdottir, R. & Beattie, T. (2017). Child Deprivation of Liberty and the Role of the Council of Europe. In Children Deprived of Liberty and Applicable Legal Frameworks: A Global Solution for a Global Problem. The American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Anti-Torture Initiative. 81-108.

Journal Article

  • Jensdottir, R. & Beattie, T. (2016). ‘Reaching the Heights for the Rights of the Child’ The Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2016-2020. Chronicle 2(July): 9-13.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Beattie, T. (2018). Response to the Consultation on BBFC Draft Guidelines on Age-Verification Arrangements: Digital Economy Act - Part 3 Online Pornography. Public Consultation Submission.
  • Murray, K.L. & Beattie, T. (2017). The Case of Gayle Newland: Permission, Prosthetics, and Penal Justice. Blogpost.
  • Papadouli, M. & Beattie, T. (2016). Unfair, Ineffective and Outdated: It's Time to Move on from Dublin. Blogpost.


  • Beattie, T. (2018), Extreme Pornography: Extreme Culture? Can the Feminist Argument from “Cultural Harm” Justify Criminalising the Possession of Extreme Pornography?, Film Forum 2018 XVI MAGIS International Film Studies Spring School: Porn Studies - Pornography, Margins and Extremes. Gorizia, Italy.
  • Murray, K.L. & Beattie, T. (2018), Stealthing, gender fraud…and beyond? Exploring ‘New Lands’ for Sexual Deception and Non-disclosure, BSA Regional Day Event Sex in Society: Bringing Together Sociological Research on Sexual Culture, Sexual Practice and Sexual Consumption. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
  • Beattie, T. (2017), Cultural Harm, Pornography Possession and the Criminal Law, Joint GLAD & CCLCJ Conference - 'Intersexions': Reflections on Sex and Sexualities within Socio-Legal Studies. Durham Law School, England.
  • Beattie, T. (2017), Extreme Pornography and Cultural Harm: A New Path or a Dead-End?, Ninth Trinity College Dublin Law Student Colloquium. Dublin, Ireland.
  • Beattie, T. (2017), Freedom and Privacy in Pornography: A Normative Privilege?, Eighteenth Annual Student Human Rights Conference - LGBT+ Rights in the 21st Century: Free and Equal?. Nottingham, England.
  • Beattie, T. (2017), Porn, Privacy and Public Morals Re-Dressed, Postgraduate and Early Careers Conference 2017 - 'The Art of Balancing: The Role of Law in Reconciling Competing Interests'. University College London, London
  • Beattie, T. (2017), When Three's a Crowd: Exploring the Uneasy Relationship between Extreme Pornography Possession, Cultural Harm, and the Criminal Law, Durham Annual PGR Law Conference: 'Defending Individual Rights'. Durham, England.
  • Beattie, T. (2016), Censoring Online Sexuality, ILPC Annual Workshop Restricted and Redacted: Where now for human rights and digital information control?. Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London.

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