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Legal expert honoured by national Academy

(23 October 2018)

A leading expert in the legal regulation of pornography and sexual violence has been made a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences.

Most recently, Professor Clare McGlynn, of Durham Law School, has worked closely with politicians, voluntary organisations and victims to shape new laws criminalising upskirting and other forms of image-based sexual abuse.

The Academy awards Fellowships to academics, practitioners and policy makers to recognise the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for the public benefit.

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The Fellowship is a further honour for Professor McGlynn, who recently addressed Facebook’s Global Safety Roundtable to support their work challenging ‘revenge porn’ and other forms of abuse and she is quoted extensively in the UK House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee report on Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places, which is published today.

It is also further recognition for the Law School, which is ranked in the top 50 in the world in the QS World University Subject Rankings and Times Higher Education subject rankings.

Speaking about the award, Professor McGlynn said: “I am delighted that the Academy has recognised the value of the research and policy work, of myself and my colleagues, which is challenging violence against women.

“Working closely with victims and survivors, we have been able to shape the law to better reflect victims’ interests and perspectives.”

Professor Thom Brooks, Dean of Durham Law School, added: “This is well-deserved recognition for a world leader in a critically important field of research with major policy impact.

“The School congratulates Professor McGlynn on this achievement and no doubt this will help inspire others to work in this area too.”

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