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Durham Law School

Research at Durham Law School

World-class research informing legal policy, practice and education

Thom Brooks at a panel discussion

Durham Law School is a top law school of international excellence. We're consistently ranked one of the best in the UK - including 3rd in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework - and a top 40 QS World Ranking law school. Our innovative, distinctive and impactful research is nationally and internationally recognised as making a distinctive contribution within and beyond the discipline of law.

We are at the forefront of doctrinal, theoretical and interdisciplinary debates where our contributions have made a significant impact. Examples include our work on reforming the legal regulation of expression, especially media freedom and the availability of extreme pornography; debates on the meaning and contemporary shape of federalism, citizenship and immigration policies in the UK, EU and beyond; investigations into law's capacity to respond to technological change, especially in the fields of bio-technologies and multi-faceted security challenges, including oversight of intelligence agencies; and to debates around Brexit. Durham Law School's research is relevant, ground-breaking and influential.

Our vibrant community comprises a diverse and international group of academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as visiting scholars. Durham is an inclusive environment supporting established scholars alongside nurturing new generations of thought leaders, including our students. We proudly integrate our students into our research activities as much as possible. Durham Law School is a proud member of the International Association of Law Schools and the American Society of Comparative Law with all staff members of the UK's leading legal academic society, the Society of Legal Scholars.


Recent publications

Books Authored

  • Granat, Katarzyna (2018). The Principle of Subsidiarity and its Enforcement in the EU Legal Order: The Role of National Parliaments in the Early Warning System. London: Hart Publishing.
  • Linarelli, John, Salomon, Margot E. & Sornarajah, Muthucumaraswamy (2018). The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Siems, Mathias (2018). Comparative Law, 2nd edn. Cambridge University Press.
  • Wheatle, Se-shauna (2017). Principled Reasoning in Human Rights Adjudication. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Books Sections

  • Campbell, Liz (2018). The organisation of corruption in commercial enterprise: Concealing (and revealing) the beneficial ownership of assets. In Corruption in Commercial Enterprise: Law, Theory and Practice. Campbell, Liz & Lord, Nicholas Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 82-102.
  • Masterman, Roger & Wheatle, Se-shauna (2018). Unity, Disunity and Vacuity: Constitutional Adjudication and the Common Law. In The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives. Elliott, Mark, Varuhas, Jason & Wilson Stark, Shona Oxford: Hart Publishing. 123-148.
  • Bohlander, Michael (2018). “The Global Panopticon” Mass surveillance and data privacy intrusion as a crime against humanity? In Justice without Borders: Essays in Honour of Wolfgang Schomburg. Böse, Martin, Bohlander, Michael, Klip, André & Lagodny, Otto Leiden Boston: Brill | Nijhoff. 73-102.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2018). 'Introduction: Federal Britain?'. In The United Kingdom and the Federal Idea. Hart Publishing. 1-26.

Journal Papers

  • Gerner-Beuerle, Carsten, Mucciarelli, Federico M., Schuster, Edmund & Siems, Mathias (2018). Why do businesses incorporate in other EU Member States? An empirical analysis of the role of conflict of laws rules. International Review of Law and Economics 56: 14-27.
  • Verbruggen, Paul & Van Leeuwen, Barend (2018). The liability of notified bodies under the EU's New Approach: the implications of the PIP breast implants case. European Law Review 43(3): 394-409.
  • Brooks, Thom (2018). Opening the Tomb of New Philosophical Accounts of Death. The Journal of Value Inquiry 52(2): 149-151.
  • Craig, Robert (2018). 'Restoring confidence: Replacing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011'. Modern Law Review 81(3): 480-508.

Current grants

  • 2017-2020 Revenge Pornography - The implications for law reform (£15059.74 from Australian Research Council) investigated by Clare McGlynn
  • 2016-2019 Phenomenology, Pornography and Women's Embodiment (£84250.00 from The Leverhulme Trust) investigated by Fiona Vera-Gray
  • 2015-2018 Improving civil society's role in shaping and influencing counterterrorism legislation, policy and practice (£20853.00 from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust) investigated by Tufyal Choudhury