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About Us

The Human Rights and Public Law Centre was established in 2001 in recognition of the significant strength and depth of human rights scholarship, consultancy and activities in Durham Law School.

Today, the Durham Human Rights and Public Law Centre remains a nationally-important research institution situated in one of the country’s foremost law schools and one of the world’s leading universities.
Our People
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Our work

Human rights work undertaken by members of the Centre spans national, regional and international concerns. This work leads not only to the production of world-class publications in the form of monographs, edited collections, and peer-reviewed articles but also research outputs geared towards bringing about public policy change and contributing positively to public debate.

Centre members regularly prepare and submit responses to government consultations in the UK and beyond; contribute to newspaper, television and radio debates; engage in dissemination and debate through practitioner and public policy fora (including online), and engage with NGOs and politicians in consultation on legislative and policy change.

In this way, work produced by members of Durham Human Rights and Public Law Centre continues to help bring about real legal and public policy change in the UK and beyond.


The Centre aims to

  • create a vibrant interdisciplinary community of human rights and public law academics, practitioners, and postgraduate researchers;  
  • provide a platform to publicise staff and PGR research;  
  • provide a forum where academics, practitioners, and PGRs can respond to pressing human rights and public law issues and engage with civil society; and 

encourage human rights and public law research in Durham.