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Laura Graham

Senior Lecturer in Law

Department: Northumbria Law School

Laura joined Northumbria University as a senior lecturer in January 2017. She was previously a lecturer at Durham Law School (2012-2016) and taught Criminal Law at the University of Nottingham (2010-2012).

Laura holds degrees from Durham University (LLB, 2007) and the University of Nottingham (MA, 2009). Laura is currently completing an ESRC 1+3 funded PhD at the University of Nottingham supervised by Professor Vanessa Munro, Mr Ralph Sandland, and Professor David Fraser. Laura’s thesis, which is currently under examination, critically explores how the Human Rights Act could impact reform of the law relating to prostitution in England and Wales. Laura has presented on this topic at academic conferences in the UK and internationally.

In the academic year 2016-2017, Laura will be teaching on the modules: Law and Ethics; Public Law 2; Gender, Sexuality and Law; and Civil Rights in Practice.  

Campus Address

Room 313
Faculty of Business and Law
City Campus East

0191 227 4206


  • MA (with distinction) in Socio-legal and Criminological Research (Nottingham University)
  • LLB (first class hons) in Law (Durham University

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Laura's research interests broadly lie in the field of gender and criminal law, with a particular focus on the regulation of sex. She has worked on the topics of rape, pornography, and abortion, alongside her PhD research on sex work. Laura is on the steering group for the Gender, Sexuality and Law research interest group. Laura is also co-editor of the gender and law blog, Inherently Human.

Research Interests

  • The Regulation of Sex Work/Prostitution
  • Criminal Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • The Regulation of Sex
  • Abortion
  • Human Rights

Sponsors and Collaborators

Funding Grants Awarded

SLS Research Activities Fund, £1290, in support of attendance at the Law and Society Association Annual Conference 2017,  June 20 - 23, 2017, Mexico City

Modern Law Review, £5000, in support of 'Sex Work and Human Rights: Lessonsfrom Canada for the UK', a Two-Day Symposium: Thursday 18th – Friday 19th September 2014, Durham Law School, Durham University

The University of Nottingham Graduate School, Researcher-led Bid, £1500 for ‘Feminism and Teaching Symposium’ (with Nottingham Feminism and Teaching Network)

Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Small Grant Award, £250 for ‘Feminism and Teaching Symposium’ (with Nottingham Feminism and Teaching Network

Key Publications

  • Graham, Laura, ‘Governing Sex Work Through Crime: Creating the Context for Violence and Exploitation’ (2018) 81 (3) Journal of Criminal Law 201
  • de Londras, Fiona & Graham, Laura (2013). Impossible Floodgates and Unworkable Analogies in the Irish Abortion Debate. Irish Journal of Legal Studies 3(3): 4.
  • Westmarland, N. & Graham, L. (2010). 'The promotion and resistance of rape myths in an internet discussion forum’. Journal of Social Criminology 1(2): 80-104

PGR Supervision

Laura has supervised two Masters of Jurisprudence degrees to completion and was secondary supervisor to one PhD student at Durham University

Laura is currently secondary supervisor of Rosie Hodsdon and Cameron Giles


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