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Durham University

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

  • Bohlander, Michael (2019). مبانی آئین دادرسی کیفری آلمان (Mabanie Aeein Dadresie Keyfari Alman). Majd Publishing, Iran.
  • 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.
  • Siems, Mathias (2018). Comparative Law, 2nd edn. Cambridge University Press.
  • Linarelli, John, Salomon, Margot E. & Sornarajah, Muthucumaraswamy (2018). The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Books Sections

  • Murray, CRG, O'Donoghue, Aoife & Warwick, BTC (2018). The Implications of the Good Friday Agreement for UK Human Rights Reform. In The Irish Yearbook of International Law, Volume 11-12, 2016 & 2017. De Londras, Fiona & Mullally, Siobhán Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Granat, Katarzyna (2018). Subsidiarity as a Principle of EU Governance. In Globalisation and Governance: International Problems, European Solutions. Schuetze, Robert Cambridge Cambridge University Press. 273-304.
  • Leigh, Ian (2018). The Legal Recognition of Freedom of Conscience as Conscientious Objection: Familiar Problems and New Lessons. In Research Handbook on Law and Religion. Ahdar, Rex J. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 378-396.
  • Leigh, I. & Wegge, N. (2018). Intelligence Oversight in the Twenty-First Century: Accountability in a Changing World. In Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Journal Papers

  • Avgouleas, E, Chiu, I & Schammo, P (2019). Editorial (Fintech Revolution and Regulation). European Business Organization Law Review 20(1): 1-4.
  • McGlynn, Clare & Westmarland, Nicole (2019). Kaleidoscopic Justice: Sexual Violence and Victim-Survivors’ Perceptions of Justice. Social and Legal Studies 28(2): 179-201.
  • Schammo, P. (2019). ‘Undisruption’ in the SME funding market: information sharing, finance platforms and the UK bank referral scheme. European Business Organization Law Review 20(1): 29-53.
  • Murray, K.L. (2019). Philosophy and Constitutional Theory: The Cautionary Tale of Jeremy Waldron and the Philosopher's Stone. Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 32(1): 127-158.

Current grants

  • 2017-2020 Revenge Pornography - The implications for law reform (£15059.74 from Australian Research Council) investigated by Clare McGlynn