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Professor of Law, Durham University

My research interest lies in the field of civil liberties and human rights. Within that field my main interests are in counter-terrorist law and policy, media freedom of expression (in particular contempt law, obscenity law and privacy law), public protest, and the influence of the European Convention on Human Rights under the Human Rights Act. The publications listed below, in particular my two single-authored books, concentrate on those areas. My current research focuses on counter-terrorist measures, media freedom of expression and judicial reasoning under the Human Rights Act.

I am interested in supervising research students (for PhDs or Mjurs) in the following areas: The Human Rights Act, Bills of Rights, counter-terrorism law and policy, privacy and media freedom, hate speech laws, English contempt law or obscenity law.

Teaching Areas
Media Law
Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Organisation and Promotion of Research
Human rights Consultant for Doughty Street Chambers, ongoing
2005-9 Director of Research, Durham Law School; responsible for the RAE submission and Chair of the Research Committee
Co-Director of the Durham University Human Rights Centre 2001-2012
Convenor of the Civil Liberties and Human Rights Subject Section for the Society of Legal Scholars 2002-2012


  • –present
    Professor, Durham law School, Durham University