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Dr Raymond Arthur

Professor of Law / Head of Subject (Law)

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.

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PhD, LLM, BA (Law & European Studies) 

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Youth justice; child in the unmarried family; corporal punishment in the home; conflicts between the medical interests of the child and the wishes of the parents; and the liability of child welfare authorities for negligence in investigating child abuse cases.

Key Publications

Journal Articles

Arthur, R. (2016) The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 – Secure Colleges and the Legitimation of State Sponsored Violence Modern Law Review 79, 1, pp. 102-121.

Arthur, R. (2016) Giving effect to young people’s right to participate effectively in criminal proceedings Child and Family Law Quarterly 28, 3, 223-238

Arthur, R. (2016) Exploring childhood, criminal responsibility and the evolving capacities of the child Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 67, 3, 269-282

Arthur, R. (2015) Recognising children’s citizenship in the youth justice system Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law 37, 1, pp. 21-37.

Arthur, R. (2015) Troubling times for young people and families with troubles – responding to truancy, rioting and families struggling with adversity Social & Legal Studies, 24, 3, pp. 443-464.

Arthur, R. (2014) Banning the physical punishment of children in the UK: a human rights imperative for children Family Law 44, pp. 537-540.

Book Chapters

Arthur, R. (2017) R v JTB [2009] UKHL 20 [2009] 1 AC 1310 in Stalford, H., Hollingsworth, K., Gilmore, S. (eds.) ‘Children’s Rights Judgments’ (Hart), pp. 420-430.

Arthur, R. (2015) Youth, Mental Incapacity and the Criminal Justice System in Reed, A, Wake, N. Livings, B (eds.) ‘Mental Condition Defences and the Criminal Justice System: Perspectives from Law and Medicine’ (Cambridge Scholars), pp. 405-424

Arthur, R. (2012) The influence of neoliberalism on the development of the English youth justice system under New Labour’ in Whitehead, P., Crawshaw, P. (eds.) ‘Organising Neoliberalism: Markets, Privatisation and Justice’ (Anthem Press), pp.135-154.

Arthur, R. (2009) Parental Responsibility Laws in Junger-Tas, J., Dünkel, F. (eds.) ‘Reforming Juvenile Justice’, (Springer), pp. 69-84.

Arthur, R. (2008) Punishing Parents for the Crimes of their Children in Bainham, A. ‘Parents and Children’ (Ashgate), pp.179-200.


Arthur, R. (2017) Moral Foundations of the English Youth Justice System (Routledge)

Arthur, R. (2010) Young Offenders and the Law (Routledge)

Arthur, R. (2007) Family Life and Youth Offending: Home is where the hurt is (Routledge)

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Professional Activity

Associate Member of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ).

Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Peer Review College (2009-2013).

Member of the Editorial Board for Contemporary Social Science

Member of the Editorial Board for Leadership and Policy Quarterly.

Current/Recent Projects

I have recently completed a project with the Prince’s Trust, funded by the Northern Rock Foundation, working with young people leaving prison examining how to engage, inspire and empower young offenders to build a positive life and make better decisions outside the criminal justice system.

PGR Supervision

  • Malvika Unnithan
  • Victorial Worrall 


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