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Professor of Law and Government, Durham University, Durham University

Thom Brooks is Professor of Law and Government at Durham University’s Law School. He was the longest-serving Dean from 2016 to 2021. He holds Associate Membership in the Philosophy Department and School of Government & International Affairs. He has written 9 books, edited 30 books and published over 150 journal articles or book chapters since 2001. Brooks is currently a Senior Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) at the University of London and he has held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago Law School, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, New York University Centre for Bioethics, University of Nice (Cote d’Azur) Law School, University of Oxford Faculty of Philosophy (and St John’s College, Oxford), University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of St Andrews Department of Moral Philosophy, Uppsala University Department of Government and Yale Law School.

Brooks works across citizenship and immigration, criminal justice and punishment, public policy and political/legal philosophy. He is an elected member of the Fabian Society executive committee and active Labour Party member. He was the 112th President of the Society of Legal Scholars.


  • 2014–present
    Professor of Law and Government, Durham University


  • 2004 
    University of Sheffield, PhD


  • 2013
    The 'Life in the United Kingdom' Citizenship Test: Is It Unfit for Purpose?, Durham University
  • 2012
    Punishment, Routledge
  • 2002
    Hegel's Political Philosophy, Edinburgh University Press


Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences; Fellow, Royal Historical Society; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts; Member, Academia Europeae; Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy