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Laura Graham

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

Laura holds degrees from Durham University (LLB First Class Hons, 2007) and the University of Nottingham (MA with Distinction, 2009). Laura is completing an ESRC 1+3 funded PhD (under examination) at the University of Nottingham which 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, has published on this topic, and is currently editing a special issue of the International Journal of Gender, Sexuality and Law on Sex Work and the Law. Prior to joining Northumbria Law School in 2017, Laura was a lecturer at Durham Law School. She has also taught at Nottingham University and Newcastle University.

Laura's research interests span sex work, human rights, criminal law and justice, feminisms, feminist legal theory, and bodily autonomy.

Laura is a trustee of National Ugly Mugs, a national charity aimed at ending violence against sex workers. Laura is also the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Gender, Sexuality and Law. 

Laura's teaching primarily focuses on Criminal Law, and Gender, Sexuality and Law. She supervises projects in these areas at undergraduate, Masters, and PhD level. Laura is also convenor of the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Interest Group at Northumbria University. She is open to all discussions about future PhD project supervision.

Laura is the Admissions and Open Day Coordinator at Northumbria Law School.  

Laura Graham

Campus Address

Room 313
Faculty of Business and Law
City Campus East

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Sex Work, Human Rights, Criminal Law, Feminist Legal Theory, Bodily Autonomy

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Dialogue on the Impact of Coronavirus on Research and Publishing: Monday 22nd June 2020, Graham, L., Raj, S., Munro, V., Westmarland, N., Wheatle, S., Sanders, T., Russell, Y., Maine, A. 1 Aug 2020, In: International Journal of Gender, Sexuality and Law
  • Governing sex work through crime: creating the context for violence and exploitation, Graham, L. 1 Jun 2017, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Impossible Floodgates and Unworkable Analogies in the Irish Abortion Debate, de Londras, F., Graham, L. 1 Dec 2013, In: Irish Journal of Legal Studies
  • The promotion and resistance of rape myths in an internet discussion forum, Westmarland, N., Graham, L. 1 Apr 2010, In: The Journal of Social Criminology

PGR Supervision

Zach Leggett A critical analysis of the responses of the Irish and Northern Irish policymakers to criticisms of the implementation and effectiveness of sex purchase bans in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Start Date: 01/10/2019


  • Law MA December 09 2009
  • Law LLB June 27 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

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