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Durham Law School

Staff Profiles

Miss Anna Knight

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Anna Knight is a current PhD candidate in the Department of Law. She completed her undergraduate studies at Northumbria University graduating in June 2005 with a LLB (Hons) Exempting Degree incorporating the Bar Vocational Course (Upper Second Class Honours). Anna worked in the student law office on the criminal appeals team during the course of her degree, gaining experience of a range of cases, the majority of which involved murder or sexual offences. She was awarded the Westlaw Prize for attaining the highest mark in her dissertation which was a comparative study between those rights given to civil partners under the Civil Partnership Act compared to those afforded to a married couple under various pieces of other legislation.

Anna was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in July 2005 and then returned to Northumbria to complete an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice. Her dissertation focused on the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and how far it has succeeded in fulfilling the inadequacies of the previous law.Whilst studying for her Masters she was employed as an Advocacy worker representing clients at Social Security and Child Support Tribunals.  

Following the completion of her LLM Anna started working for Macmillan Cancer Support and Durham County Council advising people affected by cancer on all aspects of Social Security Law. Within this role she represented clients at Social Security Tribunals and wrote and delivered training to health care professionals and volunteers.   

Current Research

Anna commenced her PhD at Durham in October 2010 under the supervision of Aaron Baker and Prof. Ian Leigh both from the Law Department.  Anna is researching the conflict that can arise between religious freedom under Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights and the Article 8 ECHR right to a private family life and hence the right to be free from judgement due to sexual orientation.

In the course of her research she will look at the philosophy of equality, the development of human rights law and case law on the interplay between the potentially competing interests.  Anna will also conduct a comparative study between the UK and other countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to enable her research to benefit from seeing how different nations deal with this conflict.  This will allow a conclusion to be drawn on whether the two rights can ever be compatible and if so any recommendations that can be made enable this.

Research Groups

  • Human Rights Centre (HRC)
  • Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD

Teaching Area

  • Contract Law

Research Interests

  • Anti-Discrimination Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Religious liberty

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