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Durham Law School

Staff Profiles

Miss Elizabeth McClory

Member of the Durham Law School

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Lizzie McClory graduated with a BA(Hons) in Philosophy from Durham University and then went on to study Law and train as a Barrister. She currently practices (part-time) from New Court Chambers in Newcastle. In 2008 Lizzie returned to Durham University to study for an MA in Philosophy and graduated with distinction in 2009. She started her PhD in January 2010 for which she was awarded a Durham University Scholarship. Lizzie is a part time tutor in the Law School.

Current Research

Lizzie's current research explores philosophical incoherence in sentencing by using a mixed methodological approach, combining legal, criminological and philosophical methods. There is a focus on Restorative Justice as a potentially promising alternative (or additional) sentencing strategy, yet as something which presents its own theoretical problems.

Field of Study

Criminal Justice

Teaching Area

  • Criminal Law

Research Interests

  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Sentencing



  • McClory, E. (2011), Philosophical Justifications for Punishment and How They Relate to Restorative Justice, Restorative Justice: Building Consensus in Theory and Practice. Nottingham Trent University., Nottingham Trent University.

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