Speaking engagements & bookings

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I’ve delivered talks at 250+ events across countries like Belgium, China, Denmark, France,  Greece, Italy, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA – and at universities including Amsterdam, Arizona State, Boston, Bowling Green State, Cambridge, City University of Hong Kong, City University of New York Graduate Center, Durham, Edinburgh, Georgia State, Ghent, Groningen, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, King’s College London, KU Leuven, Lund, LUISS, Manchester, Oslo, Oxford, Sciences Po Paris, UCD, UConn, Uppsala, Vanderbilt and Yale among many others.

I’ve also spoken at the Houses of Parliament, TEDx, Ashmolean Museum, Carlsberg Akademi, Durham Book Fair, Durham County Cricket Club, the Edinburgh Fringe, Institute for Public Policy Research-North, Newcastle City Library, Northern Stage, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sunderland Civic Centre and Unison Northern Region HQ among others.


Really enjoyed your talk at our summer conference – entertaining, inspirational and educational!”Jason Webber, Show Racism the Red Card

Thanks again for your presentation at the International Trade Committee last week, it was really well received by everyone!” – Ben Powick, Policy Advisor, North East Chamber of Commerce

As you know, the audience enjoyed your talk. There’s nothing more refreshing than having a speaker talk, with knowledge, who has no real need for slides, only for making points” – Dawn Gyles, Edinburgh Sceptics about Edinburgh Fringe event

So many people have told me it was their favourite talk since the start of the series and I don’t disagree!”Prof Constantine Sandis, organiser of ‘Why Philosophy Matters’ Public Lectures at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum

Professor Brooks’s use of the available space is exemplary. I observed the students across the room and found them to be absorbed in the lecture.  Professor Brooks is an excellent lecturer – lively, engaged and very popular among the student body. This lecture was compelling, I learned a lot, and time passed very quickly.” – Prof Deirdre McCann, Professor of Law, Durham University

“Thom sets the highest standards in teaching. His enthusiasm for teaching is both obvious and infectious, and is matched by a genuine concern for enhancing, and for adding value.” – Prof Roger Masterman, Professor of Law, Durham University

In 16 years of Higher Education, including six years as a student and ten years as a lecturer, this was clearly one of the best taught sessions I have witnessed. Dr Brooks is an outstanding lecturer and possesses excellent teaching skills”. – Prof Alex Hughes, Professor in Economic Geography, Newcastle University

Recent speaking engagements (60+ events) (does not include speaking engagements with television or radio):

10-12 May 2018  Invited speaker; Universal Declaration of Human Rights conference; Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs; University of St Andrews, UK.

23 February 2018  Invited speaker, Can – or should – we test for citizenship?, University of Bristol, UK.

27 October 2017  Invited speaker, UK immigration, UNISON Ambassadors Programme, UNISON North Headquarters, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

27 October 2017  Invited speaker, What are the post-Brexit immigration issues and why important for UNISON?, UNISON Northern regional conference, Durham, UK.

19 October 2017 Invited speaker, ‘Is Brexit bad for higher education in the UK?’, Higher Education Policy Network, Durham University, UK.

12 October 2017  Invited speaker, Department of Philosophy, Durham University, UK.

8 October 2017  Keynote speaker, On Becoming British, Durham Book Festival, UK.

25 September 2017 Invited speaker, Brexit Britain: challenges and opportunities for the City, Labour Party conference fringe hosted by Fabian Society and the City of London Corporation, Brighton, UK.

14 September 2017  Invited speaker, Global Security and Stability conference, The Intercontinental London – The O2, UK. Fellow speakers included Paddy Ashdown, Iain Duncan Smith MP, Dov Zakheim, Former US Ambassador to UN Bill Richardson, General Charles Wald, Former US State Department Spokesman James Rubin and BBC World Editor John Simpson.

5-8 September 2017 Speaking on the varieties of natural law theories, Society of Legal Scholars annual conference, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

27 July 2017 Invited speaker, UK immigration, Show Racism the Red Card, Unison Northern Headquarters, UK.

7 July 2017  Keynote speaker, Global Citizenship conference, Ustinov College, Durham, UK.

19 June 2017 Invited speaker for Refugee Week, Newcastle: City of Sanctuary, Newcastle City Library, UK.

6 June 2017  Keynote speaker, Durham University Alumni Event on UK’s General Election 2017, London Marriott County Hall, UK.

26 April 2017 US book launch and book signing, R J Julia Booksellers, Connecticut, USA. Recent authors at R J Julia include Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Julie Andrews.

24 April 2017 Invited speaker, Rethinking Just War, Center for Global Ethics and Politics & Social and Political Theory Working Group, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA.

19 April 2017 Arizona State University Distinguished Alumnus Public Lecture receiving Distinguished Alumnus Award from School of Politics and Global Studies, Can we test for citizenship? Lessons in what not to do, Arizona State University, USA.

18 April 2017 Invited speaker, What are our obligations to the global poor? School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University, USA.

6 April 2017  Gave evidence on immigration and integration to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration, Westminster, UK.

24 March 2017 Invited speaker, Labour’s immigration policy, Sedgefield Labour Party, UK

15 March 2017 Raising Profile, Durham Law School, UK.

8 February 2017 Invited speaker, Unaccompanied Child Migrants, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, Houses of Parliament, UK.

1 February 2017 Invited speaker, What should be Labour’s immigration policy?, St Nicholas and Gilesgate Labour Party, Durham, UK.

16 January 2017 Invited speaker, Labour’s immigration policy – what should it be?, Newcastle North Labour Party, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

30 October 2016 Invited speaker, ‘How to talk about immigration’, Unison Ambassadors Group, Show Racism the Red Card, Unison Northern Region Headquarters, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

27 September 2016 Invited panellist, ‘Immigration after the EU Referendum: get it right or risk irrelevance?’, Policy Network & Barrow Cadbury Fund panel, Labour Party annual conference fringe, Liverpool, UK. Panel included Sunder Katwala (Director, British Future), Rachel Reeves MP, Tim Roache (General Secretary, GMB) and chaired by Sonia Sodha (Chief Leader Writer, The Observer).

5 September 2016 Paper on problems with Ronald Dworkin’s legal principles, Society of Legal Scholars annual conference, University of Oxford, UK.

29 August 2016 Invited speaker, The Theory and Practice of Punishment East and West, City University of Hong Kong, China.

27 July 2016 Invited speaker, The “Brexit” Campaign: The 2016 Referendum on UK Membership of the European Union one-day workshop, part of the International Association for Media Communication Research (IAMCR), University of Leicester, UK.

26 July 2016 Invited speaker, Show Racism the Red Card, North Shields, UK.

5 July 2016 Invited speaker, Border Security Aspects of International Security, International Centre for Parliamentary Studies, Westminster, UK.

  • Former contributors to programme include British Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP, former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Sir Richard Branson.

20 June 2016 Invited speaker, Is There Life in the UK Citizenship Test? Café Culture, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

16 June 2016 Invited speaker, EU Referendum Debate, St Chad’s College, Durham University, UK.

14 June 2016 Invited speaker, Britishness workshop, Ustinov College, Durham University, UK.

6 June 2016 Invited speaker for debate on capital punishment, Durham Union Society, Durham University, UK. Other speakers are Robert Buckland MP, Peter Hitchens and Gloria Laycock.

4 June 2016 Invited speaker, Should the British citizenship test be a barrier or a bridge? TEDx Durham University, UK.

12 May 2016 Invited speaker, On the EU Referendum & possible impact on trade from US Presidential elections, International Trade Committee, North East Chamber of Commerce, Durham County Cricket Club, Chester-Le-Street, UK.

29-30 March 2016 Invited speaker, ‘Becoming British – UK Citizenship Examined’, Ville et Migrations (Cities and Migration) conference, Sciences Po-Paris / University of Sorbonne – Paris / College des Bernardins, Paris, France.

11-12 March 2016  Keynote speaker, ‘Punitive Restoration’, ‘Policing and Prisons’, 6th Annual Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy, Bowling Green State University, USA.

1 March 2016 Invited speaker, How is the death penalty justified?, Amicus/Amnesty International Society of Durham University, UK.

29 February 2016 Invited speaker, ‘Becoming British’, Durham University Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society, Durham University, UK.

18-19 February 2016 Invited speaker, on political philosophers and the media, ‘Normative Interventions’ conference on relation between political theory and political practice, University College London, UK.

27 January 2016 Invited speaker, ‘Punitive Restoration’, Legal and Political Theory Seminar, University College London, UK.

13 January 2016 Invited speaker, ‘Punitive Restoration’, Social Futures Institute public lecture, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK.

12 January 2016 Invited panellist, Immigration, Stockton area Labour Party, Stockton, UK.

19 November 2015  Invited speaker, Harvard Political Theory Colloquium, Harvard University, USA.

17 November 2015  Invited speaker, Philosophy Department, Suffolk University, Boston, USA.

16 November 2015  Invited speaker, Philosophy Department, Vanderbilt University, USA.

10-12 November 2015 Invited speaker, School of Global Politics, Arizona State University, USA.

2 November 2015  Invited speaker, Department of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, USA.

20 October 2015  Invited speaker, Durham European Law Institute & Human Rights Centre Joint Roundtable on the Refugee Crisis, Durham University, UK.

14 October 2015 Invited speaker, ‘Testing Citizenship’, Immigration, Democracy and Justice Workshop, DIReCT, University of Milan, Italy.

13 October 2015 Invited speaker, Author meets critics roundtable on Thom Brooks & Martha C. Nussbaum (eds), Rawls’s Political Liberalism, Politeia, University of Milan, Italy.

4-5 September 2015 Invited speaker, Global Justice: New Directions in Research and Advocacy conference, Ghent University, Belgium.

2 September 2015 Paper on ‘good citizenship’ rules for permanent residency and citizenship in the UK, Society of Legal Scholars conference, University of York, UK.

14 June 2015  Invited speaker, Magna Carta and the changing face of revolt Liberteas exhibition, St Chad’s College, Durham, UK.

8 June 2015  Invited speaker, Newcastle Constituency Labour Party – Jesmond Branch, UK.

28-29 May 2015 Invited speaker, Global Justice workshop, University of Oslo, Norway.

18 May 2015 Invited speaker, Magna Carta symposium, Centre for Global Constitutionalism, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK.

30 April 2015 Invited seminar speaker, University of Chester, UK.

15 April 2015 “Why Hegel Matters” -Public Lecture, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK.

9 April 2015 Author meets critics conference on Punishment

9 April 2015 Invited seminar speaker, LUISS, Rome, Italy.

26 March 2015 Invited keynote speaker, Hegel and Theology Conference, University of Manchester, UK.

25 March 2015 The Impact of Political Theory Roundtable, Houses of Parliament, UK.

5 February 2015 “Punitive Restoration” – Invited seminar speaker, All Souls Criminology Seminar, All Souls College, Oxford, UK.

Me at Royal Society of Edinburgh



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