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Ms Tara Beattie

Part-Time Tutor

BA (Juris), LLM dt Rt, LLM

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Part-Time Tutor in the Durham Law School  


Tara is a third-year PhD candidate in law, AHRC (Northern Bridge) scholarship award-holder, and part-time tutor. She also holds positions as a Senior Tutor and Law PGR Representative.

Between April-September 2019, Tara will be undertaking an AHRC-funded placement at the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), where she will be assisting in the mid-term review of their Children's Right Strategy. 

Tara holds two LLM degrees with distinction (UCL and Ludwig Maximilian's University, Munich), and a BA in Jurisprudence with Law Studies in Europe (Germany) from the University of Oxford. 

Her work as a research assistant to Professor Clare McGlynn involved an Impact Case Study on Image-Based Sexual Abuse, and projects relating to Sexual History Evidence and Sexual Harassment. She was also a research assistant to Professor Gavin Phillipson for chapters 18 (Freedom of Expression) and 19 (Freedom of Assembly) of Fenwick, Phillipson and Williams' Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights (4th edn, Routledge 2016). 

Prior to commencing her PhD, Tara worked at the Council of Europe in the Department for Equality and Human Dignity. She has also worked and interned at several human rights NGOs and charitable trusts in London.

Current Research

Tara's current research is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Northern Bridge DTP studentship award. Her thesis challenges the legitimacy of pornography regulations in England & Wales, with particular regard to simulated adult pornography possession offences. The research aims to extend beyond a merely liberal defence of pornography, through exploring values within and understandings of sexuality, privacy, and cultural harm. It then seeks to analyse the possession offence through a human rights, and rights-philosophical, framework. 

Previous Teaching Commitments
  • Media Law (2017/18)
  • Law, Sex and Crime (2017/18) Lecture/seminar leader on Extreme Pornography; Mistaken Sex
  • The Individual and the State (2016/17)

Research interests

  • Pornography Regulations
  • Human Rights
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law
  • Criminal Law


Chapter in book

  • Jensdottir, R. & Beattie, T. (2017). Child Deprivation of Liberty and the Role of the Council of Europe. In Children Deprived of Liberty and Applicable Legal Frameworks: A Global Solution for a Global Problem. The American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Anti-Torture Initiative. 81-108.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Beattie, T. (2019). On its 10th Anniversary, Here are 10 Reasons to be Concerned about the "Extreme" Pornography Law. Blogpost.
  • Beattie, T. (2018). Draft Guidance On Age Verification Arrangements & Draft Guidance On Ancillary Service Providers: Consultation Responses. Public Consultation Responses Document.
  • Murray, K.L. & Beattie, T. (2017). The Case of Gayle Newland: Permission, Prosthetics, and Penal Justice. Blogpost.
  • Papadouli, M. & Beattie, T. (2016). Unfair, Ineffective and Outdated: It's Time to Move on from Dublin. Blogpost.


  • Beattie, T. (2018), Pornography, Morality and Legal Regulation: A Never-Ending Story?, Sex, Death, Disease, and Conflict: The State and Morality, 1864-1964. Newcastle University, England.
  • Murray, K.L. & Beattie, T. (2018), Stealthing, gender fraud…and beyond? Exploring ‘New Lands’ for Sexual Deception and Non-disclosure, BSA Regional Day Event Sex in Society: Bringing Together Sociological Research on Sexual Culture, Sexual Practice and Sexual Consumption. University of Sheffield, England.
  • Beattie, T. & Phillipson, G. (2018), Criminalising Pornography, British and Canadian Public Law in Comparative Perspective. City University, London, England.
  • Beattie, T. (2018), Extreme Pornography: Extreme Culture? Can the Feminist Argument from “Cultural Harm” Justify Criminalising the Possession of Extreme Pornography?, Film Forum 2018 XVI MAGIS International Film Studies Spring School: Porn Studies - Pornography, Margins and Extremes. Gorizia, Italy.
  • Beattie, T. (2017), When Three's a Crowd: Exploring the Uneasy Relationship between Extreme Pornography Possession, Cultural Harm, and the Criminal Law, Durham Annual PGR Law Conference: 'Defending Individual Rights'. Durham, England.
  • Beattie, T. (2017), Cultural Harm, Pornography Possession and the Criminal Law, Joint GLAD & CCLCJ Conference - 'Intersexions': Reflections on Sex and Sexualities within Socio-Legal Studies. Durham Law School, England.
  • Beattie, T. (2017), Extreme Pornography and Cultural Harm: A New Path or a Dead-End?, Ninth Trinity College Dublin Law Student Colloquium. Dublin, Ireland.
  • Beattie, T. (2017), Freedom and Privacy in Pornography: A Normative Privilege?, Eighteenth Annual Student Human Rights Conference - LGBT+ Rights in the 21st Century: Free and Equal?. Nottingham University, England.
  • Beattie, T. (2017), Porn, Privacy and Public Morals Re-Dressed, Postgraduate and Early Careers Conference 2017 - 'The Art of Balancing: The Role of Law in Reconciling Competing Interests'. University College London, London
  • Beattie, T. (2016), Censoring Online Sexuality, ILPC Annual Workshop Restricted and Redacted: Where now for human rights and digital information control?. Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, England.