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Durham University

Durham Law School

Staff profile

Dr Catherine Turner

Associate Professor in the Durham Law School
Co-convenor of Law and Global Justice at Durham, Durham Law School
Member of Durham Global Security Institute, Durham Law School
Member of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Ethics Committee, Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46864
Room number: PCL140

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Dr Catherine Turner is an Associate Professor in law. She is the deputy director of the Durham Global Security Institute, and a member of the Law and Global Justice Research Cluster in Durham Law School. She was formerly the Chair of the Ethics and Data Protection Sub-Committee in Durham Law School and a member of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Ethics Committee. Prior to joining Durham Law School in 2013 Catherine was a member of Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute (2004 – 2012), where she taught on the LLM in Human Rights and Transitional Justice. She was also Director of the annual Summer School on Transitional Justice.

Research Interests

 Dr Catherine Turner is an Associate Professor in law. Her research focuses on international law and conflict, specialising in how the law regulates matters of war and peace, including international humanitarian law, peace mediation, and transitional justice. In addition to her academic research Catherine partners with governmental departments and international organisations to promote inclusive mediation and dialogue and the increased representation of women in high-level peace mediation. 

In Michaelmas Term 2019 Catherine will lead an Institute of Advanced Study Major Project Fellowship on Mediation for the 21st Century: Connecting the Local and the Global. This project will focus on understanding conflict, and mediation, from the perspective of those who are affected by it, asking how mediation may need to adapt to accommodate the realities of 21st Century conflict.

Research Supervision

Catherine welcomes proposals from prospective MJur and PhD students in the fields of international law and conflict, broadly defined. This can include but is not limited to projects in the fields of transitional justice, mediation, peace negotiations and post-conflict constitutionalism.

She is also interested in hearing from potential students with projects on land law in the context of rural affairs and agriculture.

Research Interests

  • Public International Law
  • Transitional Justice
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction
  • Mediation
  • Critical Legal Theory

Teaching Areas

  • Conflict Intervention, Counter Insurgency and Conflict Diplomacy (MSc Defence Development and Diplomacy)

  • Law of the International Community

  • Conflict Mediation
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Land Law

Selected Grants

  • 2019: Christopherson/Knott Fellowship
  • 2018: Rethinking Peace Mediation. Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • 2017: 'Listening for Justice' (£650 from SLS)
  • 2015: ESRC IAA 'Mentoring Impact: 'Why Deal with the Past? Addressing the Legacy of Conflict in Northern Ireland' (£750)
  • 2014: Law and Negotiation in Conflict: Theory, Policy and Practice (£5000 from Modern Law Review) (with Aoife O'Donoghue)
  • 2014: Law and Negotiation in Conflict: Theory, Policy and Practice (£5000.00 from Modern Law Review)
  • 2014: SLSA Small Grant - Law and Negotiation in Conflict
  • 2010: Peer Assisted Learning in Law (£3292 from Higher Education Academy) (with A Zacharopoulou)
  • 2008: Human Rights: Southern Voices Symposium (£4662 from British Academy) (With F Ni Aolain & W Twining)

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Turner, Catherine (2020). Mapping a Norm of Inclusion in the Jus Post Bellum. In The Justice of Peace and Jus Post Bellum. Stahn, Carsten, Iverson, Jens & Easterday, Jennifer Oxford University Press.
  • Turner, Catherine (2020). Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding. In Oxford Handbook of Peacebuilding, Statebuilding and Peace Formation. Richmond, O & Visoka, G Oxford University Press.
  • Turner C (2016). Transitional Justice and Critique. In Research Handbook on Transitional Justice. Jacobs, D Edward Elgar.
  • Turner, C. & Houghton, R. (2015). Constitution Making and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. In International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy. Saul, Matthew & Sweeney, James A. London: Routledge. 119-140.

Edited book

  • Turner,C & Waehlisch, M (2020). Rethinking Peace Mediation. Bristol University Press.

Journal Article

Other (Print)


  • Turner, Catherine, Taylor, Sarah, Shaheen, Christina & Williams, Jody (2019), Women as Leaders for Peace, World Peace Forum. Normandy.
  • Turner, Catherine (2018), Promoting Inclusion Through Networks of Women Mediators: New Trends and Research Directions, Political Settlements Research Project Gender Conference. Belfast.
  • Turner, Catherine (2018), Promoting Women In Peace Mediation: The Importance of Networks, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. Dublin.
  • Turner, C (2016), 'Has Transitional Justice Reached a Critical Juncture?, Critical Legal Conference - 'Turning Points'. Kent.
  • Turner, C (2016), 'Mapping a norm of inclusion in the Jus Post Bellum', Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of the Peace. The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Turner, C. (2013), The Importance of Theory as a Tool of Transitional Justice Research, International Studies Association. San Francisco, California, San Francisco CA.
  • Turner, C. (2012), Constituting a Nation: The Critical Concept of Democracy in Transition, Minerva Jerusalem Conference on Transitional Justice. Jerusalem, Jerusalem.
  • Turner, C (2012), Politics as Transitional Justice, Political Studies Association. Belfast, Belfast.
  • Turner, C. (2012), Public Space or Gated Community? Accessing the Garden of Transitional Justice, Critical Legal Conference - 'Gardens of Justice'. Stockholm, Stockholm.


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