Professional service


Durham Law School event with our grads on Supreme Court (Lord Hughes, Lady Black) and Court of Appeal (Lord Justice McFarlane)

Thom Brooks is an award-winning author, broadcaster, columnist and senior policy advisor. He has 900+ media appearances in national and international television, radio and print media. A Professor of Law and Government at Durham University‘s Durham Law School, Brooks’s work has been cited in Parliamentary debates, quoted by the Electoral Commission in a change to the Brexit referendum ballot and by the Connecticut Supreme Court in Santiago II in support of majority ruling that death penalty is unconstitutional, flagged by RCUK as developing one of the top 100 big ideas in British universities and winner of Most Distinguished Alumni Award from Arizona State University. As the inaugural Dean of Durham Law School, Brooks is leading the biggest growth in its 50 year history with School ranked 40th in QS World Rankings and receiving 93% in National Student Survey – the School’s best ever results. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Higher Education Academy, Royal Historical Society and Royal Society of Arts. Brooks has represented Durham University abroad standing in for the Vice-Chancellor at a major fundraiser.

Thom Brooks can be contacted here – and available for after dinner speeches, delivering talks on current affairs and political developments, and training in media and public advocacy.

Brooks - Trt on Obama

A list of some of my professional activities in senior management and various administrative roles:


Academic Leaders Programme (delivered by Leadership Foundation for Higher Education) completed 2017; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2014; Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice received 2006.


University  Member, Chair of Council Appointment Panel, 2017—; Chair, Durham DOES (Delivering Operational Excellence Strategy) Workplace Challenge Project, 2017; Member, University Senate Agenda Setting Committee, 2017—;  Member, University Senate, 2016—; Member, Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies, 2017—;  Member, Faculty Board, 2016—; Member, Hiring Committees (PVC (Global), Government, Law, Social Policy), 2013—; Member, University Disciplinary Committee, 2016; Member, Review of Academic Department Administrative Activities, 2017; Mentor, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), 2015—; Member, Academic Electoral Assembly, 2012—.

Durham Law School  The Inaugural Dean, 2016—; Chair, Board of Studies, 2016—; Management Committee, 2013—15 (Member), 2016—(Chair); Chair, Recruitment Committee, 2017—; Undergraduate Admissions, 2012—13; Access to Justice Director, 2016—; Annual Staff Reviewer, 2012—15, 16—; Chair, LLM Board of Examiners, 2016; Chair, Working Group on Research-Led Teaching, 2013; Member, Gender Equality Charter Mark for Women in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Committee, 2014—; Deputy Chair, Education Committee, 2013—15; Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2013—15; Member, Staff Student Consultative Committee, 2013—15, 2016—; Member, Hiring Committees, 2013—.


University  Marketing Professionals’ Forum, 2006; Public Lectures Committee, 2012; Riddell Memorial Lectures Committee, 2012.

Faculty of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science  Faculty International Strategy Committee, 2006; Faculty Research Strategy Group, 2009—11.

School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology  School Executive Board, 2005; School Teaching and Learning Committee, 2008—10; School Internationalization Working Group, 2008—9.

Politics Department  Undergraduate Director, 2008—10; Senior Academic Tutor, 2008—10; Postgraduate Research Co-Director, 2005—6; Undergraduate Degree Programme Director, 2008—10; Careers Service Liaison, 2008—10, 2011—12; Curriculum Review Committee, 2004, (Chair) 2009; Exams Officer, 2011—12; Graduate Admissions Committee, 2005—6; Library Liaison, 2008—10, 2011—12; North American Student Exchange Officer, 2004—6; Open Day Representative, 2008—10; Overseas Recruitment Development Officer, 2005—6; Staff Seminars, 2005—6; Graduate Student Seminars, 2005—6.

Brooks TRT World US election


In progress (all Durham University) — 2

Reem Radhi — PhD in Law, Hannah Siddle — PhD in Government.

Completed —10

Adeniyi Olayode — PhD in Law (Durham) 2017; Mehmet Ozyurek — PhD in Law (Durham) 2016; Tom O’Neill  — PhD in Government (Durham) 2016; Noha Aboueldahab — PhD in Law (Durham) 2015; Graeme Brown — MJur in Law (Durham), 2016; Hugo El Kholi — PhD in Politics (Sciences Po), 2014; Catriona Ferguson — MJur in Law (Durham), 2015; Matthew Hann — PhD in Government (Durham) 2013; Reena Kannojiva — PhD in Philosophy (Jawaharlal Nehru), 2009, Victoria Lang — MJur in Law (Durham), 2015.


External Assessor, D.Litt. in Philosophy University of Nottingham, 2014.

External Examiner, D.Phil. in Law University of Oxford, 2013, 2016.

External Examiner, Ph.D. in Law Northumbria University, 2016

External Examiner, Ph.D. in Philosophy McMaster University, 2014; University College Dublin, 2009; University of Essex, 2009; University of Melbourne, 2010; University of St Andrews, 2010.

External Examiner, Ph.D. in Politics University of Hull, 2014, 2015

External Examiner, M.St. in Law University of Oxford, 2009

External Examiner, M.Phil. in Law Aberystwyth University, 2013

External Examiner, M.Phil.Stud. in Philosophy Birkbeck, University of London, 2014

Degree Programmes Bath Spa University BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Ethics 2007—11; University of Salford, Manchester, LLB (Hons) in Criminal Law, Public Law, 2016—; Queen Mary, University of London, LLB (Hons) in Criminal Law, Law of the European Union, Modernity and the Holocaust, Law of Evidence, Criminology, 2013—


American Philosophical Association  Chair, Committee on Philosophy and Law, 2009—12; Member, 2007—12; Judge, Berger Prize, 2009, 2011; Member, Subcommittee on Journal Practices, 2010—11 (Statement on Best Practices in Journal Publishing).

Association of Philosophy Journal Editors

Co-Chair, 2009—12

Association for Political Thought (UK)

Founding member. Secretary, 2008—12

British Idealism Research Group (PSA)

Secretary and Treasurer, 2012—15

Global Justice and Human Rights Group (PSA)

Chair and founder, 2007—11; Judge, Book Prize, 2018

Hegel Society of Great Britain

Council Member, 2006—; Conference Organizer, 2006—11

Political Studies Association

Executive Board, 2006—9; Chair, Awards and Prizes Subcommittee, 2006—8; Chair, Specialist Groups Subcommittee, 2009; Member, Education Subcommittee, 2006—9; Judge, W. J. M. Mackenzie Book Prize, 2006, 2014, 2015 (chair), 2016 (chair); Judge, Sir Ernest Barker Prize for Best Dissertation in Political Theory, 2011; Judge, Bernard Crick Teaching Prize, 2007, 2008.

Society of Legal Scholars  Member, Executive Committee, 2013—

Editorial Boards, Academic journals

Editor and founder, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2003—12; Associate Editor, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2013—; Editor and founder, Review Journal of Political Philosophy, 2003

Editorial Boards: Contemporary Social Science, 2011—; Hegel Bulletin (Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain), 2009—; Inonu University Law Journal, 2015—; Journal of Bioethics and Applications, 2017—; Journal of Criminal Law, 2015—; Journal of Global Ethics, 2013—; Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2003—; Kilikya Felsefe Dergisi/Cilicia Journal of Philosophy, 2014—; Law, Crime, Justice and Society, 2014—; Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2011—; Philosophical Writings, 2006—; Public Affairs Quarterly, 2009—11; Review Journal of Political Philosophy, 2003; Symposion, 2014—; University of Bologna Law Review, 2016—.

Book series  Bloomsbury Ethics (co-editor Simon Kirchin), Bloomsbury Academic, 2009—; Crime and Punishment: Critical Essays in Legal Philosophy (editor), Ashgate, 2012—14; Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy (editor), Palgrave Macmillan, 2012—; Studies in Moral Philosophy (editor), Brill, 2010—; Studies in Global Justice and Human Rights (editor), Edinburgh University Press, 2009—; Textbooks in Global Justice and Human Rights (editor), Edinburgh University Press, 2009—; Studies in Global Justice, Springer, 2014—; On Ethics and Economics, Rowan & Littlefield International, 2014—.


Judge, Legal Cheek’s ‘Best Legal Cheek Journal Contribution 2018’, 2018.


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