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Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law


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

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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). He is currently working on a book on property as a human rights for Cambridge University Press.

Professor Allen's teaching has concentrated on commercial law.  His specific interest is in international sales law, and especially the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

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 is currently the Master of Grey College.

Teaching Areas

Professor Allen is on leave for 2010/11.

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

Chapter in book

Journal Article

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Selected Grants

  • 2010: Artists in Residence - Anna Woodford (£12500.00 from The Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2007: PROPERTY AS A HUMAN RIGHT: THE EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE (£29898.00 from The Leverhulme Trust)