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Dr Jessie Blackbourn

Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights

PhD, LLM, MA, BA (Hons)

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Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights in the Durham Law SchoolPCL135 


Dr Jessie Blackbourn joined Durham Law School in September 2019 as Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights. She has held previous positions at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, University of New South Wales. 


Jessie has an interdisciplinary background in law and politics and adopts a socio-legal approach to her research. Her research focuses on counter-terrorism law and policy, in particular on oversight and review of counter-terrorism laws, as well as on state responses to children suspected of extremism, radicalisation, and terrorism. 

Research interests

  • Counter-terrorism laws
  • Counter-terrorism review
  • Public Law
  • Human Rights

Research groups

  • Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
  • Human Rights Centre

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Law & Crime: Counter-terrorism law and policy
  • Government: Counter-terrorism law and policy
  • Terrorism: Counter-terrorism law and policy


Authored book

  • Blackbourn, Jessie, de Londras, Fiona & Morgan, Lydia (2019). Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State. Bristol University Press.
  • Blackbourn, J., Kayis, D. & McGarrity, N. (2018). Anti-terrorism law and foreign terrorist fighters. Taylor and Francis.
  • Blackbourn, J. (2014). Anti-terrorism law and normalising Northern Ireland. Routledge.

Chapter in book

  • Blackbourn, Jessie & Walker, Clive (2019). Independent Assessment of the Current Balance between Counter-Terrorism Legislation and Civil Liberties. In Jihadist Terror New Threats, New Responses. Richards, Anthony, Margolin, Devorah, Scremin & Nicolo I.B. Taurus. 229-244.
  • Blackbourn, Jessie (2019). The European Court of Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Initiatives. In International Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism. 1.
  • Blackbourn, J (2018). Excluding Terrorists. In Justice, Counter-Terrorism and Miscarriages of Justice: A Festschrift in Honour of Clive Walker. Lennon, G, King, C & McCartney, C Hart. 135-150.
  • Lazarus, L & Blackbourn, J (2018). Intelligence and the Criminal Law in England and Wales. In The Limits of Criminal Law. Dyson, M & Vogel, B Intersentia. 479-505.
  • McGarrity, N & Blackbourn, J (2016). Anti-Terrorism Laws and Human Rights. In The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights. Weber, L, Fishwick, E & Marmo, M Routledge. 136-145.
  • Blackbourn, J. (2015). Secret material and anti-terrorism review in Australia and Canada. In Taylor and Francis Inc. 158-176.
  • Blackbourn, J. (2014). Independent reviewers as alternative: An empirical study from Australia and the United Kingdom. In Cambridge University Press. 161-182.
  • Blackbourn, J (2013). Power without Responsibility: There is no Valid Scrutiny of Australia’s Anti-Terrorism Laws. In Spooked: The Truth about Intelligence in Australia. Baldino, D NewSouth Press. 264-287.

Journal Article

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