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Jessie Blackbourn

Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights, Durham University

Jessie is Assistant Professor in Pubic Law and Human Rights at Durham Law School. 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, Canada 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 has previously been employed as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, 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)