Jessie Blackbourn

Research Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

Jessie is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. Her research interests lie broadly in the field of anti-terrorism law with a particular focus on oversight and review. She is currently engaged in research which evaluates the effectiveness of institutional mechanisms for review of anti-terrorism legislation, with a particular interest in the role of offices of independent review of terrorism legislation in Australia and the UK.

Jessie has a PhD in Politics from Queen’s University, Belfast, and a Masters of Law from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is currently an Honorary Fellow at the University of Western Australia Law School and has previously been employed as a Lecturer in Politics and Human Rights at Kingston University, London and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Professor George Williams’ Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship project ‘Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge’ in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the University of New South Wales.


  • 2014–2016
    Lecturer, Kingston University
  • 2011–2014
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of New South Wales


  • 2009 
    Queen's University Belfast, PhD

Research Areas

  • Law And Society (180119)