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Associate Professor in the Durham Law SchoolPCL140+44 (0) 191 33 46864


Dr Catherine Turner is an Associate Professor in law. She is the deputy director of the Durham Global Security Institute, and a member of the Law and Global Justice Research Cluster in Durham Law School. She was formerly the Chair of the Ethics and Data Protection Sub-Committee in Durham Law School and a member of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Ethics Committee. Prior to joining Durham Law School in 2013 Catherine was a member of Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute (2004 – 2012), where she taught on the LLM in Human Rights and Transitional Justice. She was also Director of the annual Summer School on Transitional Justice.

Research Interests

 Catherine's research focuses on the role of international law and conflict, specialising in how the law regulates matters of war and peace, including international humanitarian law, peace mediation, and transitional justice. In addition to her academic research Catherine has worked with governmental departments and international organisations to promote inclusive mediation and dialogue and the increased representation of women in high-level peace mediation. She is Chair of the Board of Mediation Northern Ireland, and a member of the Board of the Brussels based MediatEUr. 

In Michaelmas Term 2019 Catherine led an Institute of Advanced Study Major Project Fellowship on Mediation for the 21st Century: Connecting the Local and the Global. This project focuses on understanding conflict, and mediation, from the perspective of those who are affected by it, asking how mediation may need to adapt to accommodate the realities of 21st Century conflict.

Research Supervision

Catherine welcomes proposals from prospective MJur and PhD students in the fields of international law and conflict, broadly defined. This can include but is not limited to projects in the fields of transitional justice, mediation, peace negotiations and post-conflict constitutionalism.

She is also interested in hearing from potential students with projects on land law in the context of rural affairs and agriculture.

Research interests

  • Transitional Justice
  • Public International Law
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction
  • Mediation
  • Critical Legal Theory

Research groups

  • Gender & Law at Durham
  • Human Rights Centre
  • Law and Global Justice at Durham

Awarded Grants

  • 2019: Women in Mediation: Beyond the Rhetoric of Inclusion(£13920.00 from Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
  • 2014: Law and Negotiation in Conflict: Theory, Policy and Practice(£5000.00 from Modern Law Review)
  • -0001: Advancing Women in High-Level Mediation(£0.00 from ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN))

Esteem Indicators

  • EU External Action Service: Selected expert on Women's Mediator Networks for the Community of Practice Meeting, Brussels June 2019
  • Mediterranean Women Mediators Network: Expert trainer on mediation for the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network. Rome, April 2019

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • International Law: Law and conflict
  • Human rights: Northern Ireland politics
  • Regional politics: Northern Ireland politics


Authored book

  • Turner, C (2016). Violence, Law and the Impossibility of Transitional Justice. Routledge.
  • Turner, C., Quinn, L., Murphy, T. & Shields, R. (2014). The Law of Property in Northern Ireland. Colourpoint Educational.

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Turner,C & Waehlisch, M (2020). Rethinking Peace Mediation. Bristol University Press.

Journal Article

Other (Print)


  • Turner, Catherine, Taylor, Sarah, Shaheen, Christina & Williams, Jody (2019), Women as Leaders for Peace, World Peace Forum. Normandy.
  • Turner, Catherine (2018), Promoting Inclusion Through Networks of Women Mediators: New Trends and Research Directions, Political Settlements Research Project Gender Conference. Belfast.
  • Turner, Catherine (2018), Promoting Women In Peace Mediation: The Importance of Networks, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. Dublin.
  • Turner, C (2016), 'Mapping a norm of inclusion in the Jus Post Bellum', Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of the Peace. The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Turner, C (2016), 'Has Transitional Justice Reached a Critical Juncture?, Critical Legal Conference - 'Turning Points'. Kent.
  • Turner, C. (2013), The Importance of Theory as a Tool of Transitional Justice Research, International Studies Association. San Francisco, California, San Francisco CA.
  • Turner, C. (2012), Public Space or Gated Community? Accessing the Garden of Transitional Justice, Critical Legal Conference - 'Gardens of Justice'. Stockholm, Stockholm.
  • Turner, C. (2012), Constituting a Nation: The Critical Concept of Democracy in Transition, Minerva Jerusalem Conference on Transitional Justice. Jerusalem, Jerusalem.
  • Turner, C (2012), Politics as Transitional Justice, Political Studies Association. Belfast, Belfast.


  • Turner, Catherine & Heyworth, Fleur (2019). Advancing Inclusive Mediation Through the Lens of Leadership. Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
  • Turner, Catherine (2017). Women in Mediation: Connecting the Local and the Global. Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Supervision students