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Durham Law School

Durham Law in the Media

Durham Law School's academic community is at the forefront of debates across law and policy. Our work has had significant impact at regional, national and international levels. Below is a small selection of the large number of leading experts and media commentators within the School. If your area of interest is not represented here, please contact or view our full list of staff here.


Helen Fenwick

Helen is Professor of Law and a leading expert in counter-terrorist law and policy, media freedom (in particular contempt law, obscenity law and privacy law), public protest and human rights. On numerous occasssions she has given live interviews or contributed to print and broadcast media including on BBC News 24, BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC South East, BBC Radio Tees, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, Channel 4 News, Wall Street Journal, Voice of Russia UK, Aftenposten, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor.



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Clare McGlynn

Clare is Professor of Law at Durham University, with significant expertise in the legal regulation of pornography, rape law and gender equality in the legal profession. Clare’s research on the legal regulation of extreme pornography has shaped recent public debates. Her work has been debated on the BBC, in The Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, The Telegraph, Daily Express Online, Huffington Post, Mail Online, The Express, Journeaux Francais, Irish Independent, The Irish Times, The Times of India, and on hundreds of local media outlets. She has discussed this and other research on the BBC’s Women’s Hour and Law in Action programmes.


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Gavin Phillipson

Gavin is Professor of Law at Durham University, and has a depth of expertise in defamation law, hate speech, human rights, freedom of speech, press freedom, privacy in English law, anti-terrorism law, and House of Lords reform. He has made frequent contributions to national and international media coverage of the above issues, including in the Telegraph, Sunday Times, Guardian, BBC, Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, Boston’s Chronicle of Higher Education, Norway’s Al Posten, and Denmark’s Politikein. In 2013 he was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Unreliable Evidence and Summer Nights discussion programmes.

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Thom Brooks

Thom is Professor of Law and Government, a columnist and political advisor with broad expertise in Citizenship & Immigration, Criminal Law & Sentencing, and Global Justice and Human Rights. He is a prolific media commentator, and has appeared on television, radio and print media such as BBC One, BBC News, Sky News, Al Jazeera, RT, TRT World, BBC Radio 4, BBC 5 live, BBC local radio, LBC with Nick Ferrari, The Economist and all major UK newspapers. His research has been featured on the BBC's Mock the Week.

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Eleanor Spaventa

Eleanor is Professor in EU at Durham University and has extensive expertise on European Union Law and in particular in the fields of European constitutional law, free movement, fundamental rights and co-operation in criminal matters. Eleanor is also working on issues arising from the UK referendum on EU membership (follow on twitter @UKEUreferendum). She is the author of a number of influential books on EU law subjects and is a recognised expert in her field having work has been quoted by Advocates General in front of the European Court of Justice.

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