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Prof Raymond Arthur


Department: Northumbria Law School

Raymond Arthur graduated with a BA (Hons) in Law & European Studies and an LLM degree from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Dr Raymond Arthur completed his PhD on family life and youth offending behaviour at the School of Law, University of Birmingham in 2003.This work examined the state's obligations to protect the welfare of children and prevent youth offending under domestic and international law and developed the argument that all young people have a legal right to the provision of youth crime preventive support and services. Since then he has published two sole authored monographs, chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on issues related to the delivery of justice for children and families, the complex linkage between parenting and youth offending and the extent to which the youth justice system in England and Wales protects children's human rights in the light of international best practice. He has previously worked at Teesside University, the Open University and the University of Limerick.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I specialise in researching children’s right to self-determination in justice settings and developing a broader understanding of the experiences of troubled and vulnerable young people. My inter-disciplinary and multidisciplinary research embraces innovative methodologies to examine issues of children’s rights and family justice in novel ways which enrichs  the lives of the young people I have worked with and provides transformative solutions to societal challenges.

Key Publications

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  • Legislative approaches to recognising the vulnerability of young people and preventing their criminalisation, Wake, N., Arthur, R., Crofts, T., Lambert, S. Jan 2021, In: Public Law
  • Empowering young people: multi-disciplinary expressive interventions utilising Diamond9 evaluative methods to encourage agency in youth justice, Arthur, R., Dunn, R., Wake, N. 30 Jun 2020, In: International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law
  • The role of lawyers in supporting young people in the criminal justice system: balancing economic survival and children’s rights, A'Court, B., Arthur, R. Oct 2020, In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
  • Policing Youth Sexting in Ireland, Arthur, R. 30 Sep 2019, In: Irish Journal of Family Law
  • Preventing the criminalisation of children who have been victims of group-based sexual exploitation involving grooming tactics-understanding child sexual exploitation as enslavement, Arthur, R., Down, L. 1 Oct 2019, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Regulating youth sexuality, agency and citizenship: Developing a coherent criminal justice response to youth sexting , Arthur, R. 2 Sep 2019, In: King's Law Journal
  • Consensual Teenage Sexting and Youth Criminal Records, Arthur, R. 1 Mar 2018, In: Criminal Law Review
  • Criminal liability for child deaths in custody and the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, Arthur, R., Roper, V. 1 Jun 2018, In: Child and Family Law Quarterly
  • Evidence of Bad Character in cases of historic youth sexual offending – demonstrating a defunct moral compass or distracting the jury and evading the retrospective effect of the presumption of doli incapax?, Engleby, E., Arthur, R. Dec 2018, In: Child and Family Law Quarterly
  • R v JTB [2009] UKHL 20 [2009] 1 AC 1310, Arthur, R. 1 Nov 2017, Rewriting Children's Rights Judgments , London, Bloomsbury

PGR Supervision

  • Victoria Roper The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 in Practice Start Date: 25/11/2017 End Date: 17/12/2020
  • Deborah Rook ‘More-than-human’ families in multi-species tenancies: a critical analysis of ‘no pet’ covenants and the law Start Date: 21/02/2017 End Date: 24/03/2021
  • Elaine Gregersen The lived experience of a university law clinic supervisor: an autoethnographic inquiry Start Date: 01/03/2016 End Date: 24/10/2019
  • Adam Ramshaw The Role of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in Public and Private Sector Possession Proceedings Start Date: 07/10/2013 End Date: 25/01/2017
  • Sean Mennim The Parameters of Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015: Anglo Australian Perspectives Start Date: 16/10/2020
  • Rosemary Horgan Adoption at the Cross-Roads, in whose best interest is an adoption from the public care system? Start Date: 13/08/2020
  • Tracy Kirk An Adolescent Framework of Rights: Recognising the Evolving Capacities of Adolescents Start Date: 15/01/2018 End Date: 29/07/2020
  • Malvika Unnithan The role of education in young people’s understanding of their legal responsibility as required by the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) in England and Wales. Start Date: 01/03/2016
  • Bethany Simpson The Non-Criminalisation of Victims of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Examining Anglo-American Perspectives to Advocate for a Victim-Centred, Human Rights Approach Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Victoria Worrall Joint Enterprise and Youth Gangs: A focused deterrent strategy or punitive persecution? Start Date: 14/03/2016
  • Paul Dargue The Impartiality of the England and Wales Court of Appeal (Criminal Division): A Quantitative Analysis Start Date: 07/10/2013 End Date: 10/11/2017


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