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Prof Chris Ashford


Department: Northumbria Law School


Chris Ashford

Professor Ashford joined Northumbria Law School in May 2013 as Professor of Law and Society.  Chris is currently the Director of Research and Innovation for the Law School and is also leading the Law REF 2021 submission.

Chris is active within the Gender, Sexuality and Law, Law and Society and Legal Education and Professional Skills (LEAPS) groups at Northumbria.

Chris is involved in a number of national and international academic networks and has held a number of high-profile roles.  He is currently a member of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association (LAGLA) North East Advisory Board.  Chris is a former Chair of the Association of Law Teachers (ALT) (2015-2017), Secretary of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) (2013-2015), and a member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Legal Education Sub-Committee.  Additionally, he previously organised the Gender, Sexuality and Law Stream at the Annual SLSA conference, significantly developing and growing the stream. Chris has also previously served as a member of the Legal Education Research Network (LERN) steering group, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences Open Access Working Group, and as the SLS’s Legal Education Convener.

He was a member of the 2016-17 Bar Standards Board (BSB) Future Bar Training Task Completion Group on pathways to qualification, the 2015 BSB Academic Stage Working Group, and the 2014 QAA Law Benchmark Review panel.

He is Editor of The Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education (published by Routledge), and is also a member of the editorial board of Porn Studies.   He has previously guest edited special issues of Sexualities, Liverpool Law Review, Web Journal of Current Legal Issues and Information & Communications Technology Law.

Campus Address



  • Teaching & Learning MA September 01 2005
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2010

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Bareback sex in the age of preventative medication, Ashford, C., Morris, M., Powell, A. 30 Oct 2020, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Law Teaching and the Coronavirus Pandemic, Ashford, C. 2 Apr 2020, In: Law Teacher
  • Normative Behaviour, Moral Boundaries and the State, Ashford, C., Maine, A., Zago, G. 2 Mar 2020, Research handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law, Edward Elgar
  • Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law, Ashford, C., Maine, A. 2020
  • Editorial – Turning points, Ashford, C. 3 Apr 2019, In: Law Teacher
  • Editorial, Ashford, C. 3 Apr 2017, In: Law Teacher
  • Editorial, Ashford, C. 2 Jan 2017, In: Law Teacher
  • Editing special issues, Ashford, C. Mar 2016, The legal academic's handbook, London, Palgrave
  • Editorial boards/being an editor, Ashford, C. Mar 2016, The legal academic's handbook, London, Palgrave
  • Legal Perspectives on State Power: Consent and Control, Ashford, C., Reed, A., Wake, N. 1 Nov 2016

PGR Supervision

  • Giuseppe Zago Experiences of sexual orientations and gender identities during imprisonment: A queer critique on the enforcement of human rights norms in England and Wales, and Italy Start: 01/10/2016
  • Katharine Parker Illicit Sex and Risk-taking Behaviours: A Qualitative Study of the Public Sexual Practices of MSM in Newcastle upon Tyne Start: 01/10/2014
  • Cameron Giles Deception and Disclosure: A Socio-Legal Analysis of HIV Transmission Offences and Mobile Dating Applications Start: 01/10/2017
  • Alexander Maine Same-Sex Marriage and the Sexual Hierarchy: Constructing the Homonormative and Homoradical Legal Identities Start: 01/10/2015
  • Elisabeth Griffiths Start: 01/04/2017
  • Rosie Hodsdon Start: 11/11/2016
  • CATHERINE SYLVESTER Start: 01/03/2016

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