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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

  • Wheatle, Se-shauna (2017). Principled Reasoning in Human Rights Adjudication. Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2017). European Standardisation of Services and its Impact on Private Law: Paradoxes of Convergence. London: Hart Publishing.
  • Fenwick, Helen, Phillipson, Gavin & Williams, Alexander (2017). Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights. Routledge.
  • Ashby, Lana (2017). Bridging the Gap: A Status Report on Company Law in the CARICOM Region: 142 Recommendations with a view to Reform. IMPACT Justice Project.

Books Sections

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2018). 'Introduction: Federal Britain?'. In The United Kingdom and the Federal Idea. Hart Publishing. 1-26.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2018). 'The "Unsettled" Eighteenth Century: Kant and his Predecessors'. In Globalisation and Governance: International Problems, European Solutions. Cambridge University Press. 1-30.

Journal Papers

  • Siems, Mathias (2018). Malicious Legal Transplants. Legal Studies 38(1): 103-119.
  • McGlynn, Clare (2018). Challenging the law on sexual history evidence: a response to Dent and Paul. Criminal Law Review 2018(3): 216-228.
  • Campbell, Liz (2018). Dirty Cash (Money Talks): 4AMLD and the Money Laundering Regulations 2017. Criminal Law Review 2018(2): 102-122.
  • Douglas, Benedict (2018). The mtDNA of Human Rights. Science, Technology, & Human Values 43(1): 86-94.

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
  • 2016-2018 The use of corporate vehicles by transnational organised crime groups in the concealment, conversion and control of illicit finance (£28931.30 from ESRC) investigated by Liz Campbell
  • 2016-2018 UN Gender Network (£38820.96 from AHRC) investigated by Aoife O'Donoghue
  • 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