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Dr Elizabeth Tiarks

Assistant Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Elizabeth Tiarks is an assistant professor in law. She teaches and researches in the fields of cyber law, space law and criminal justice, particularly sentencing and restorative justice. Her publications have explored a number of areas including: the use of algorithms in sentencing and their impact on legitimacy; the decision-making process in restorative justice conferences and the trade-off between empowerment of lay participants and the requirements of consistency and proportionality; and the use of restorative justice as a conflict resolution mechanism for long duration human spaceflight activities. She has also written about the legal issues relating to Global Navigation Satellite Systems.


Elizabeth graduated from Durham University with a BA(Hons) in philosophy, after which she studied law and qualified as a barrister, practising in criminal and regulatory law. Elizabeth completed an MA in philosophy at Durham University whilst continuing to practise as a barrister. She then commenced her PhD in law at Durham, funded by a Durham University scholarship. Elizabeth joined Northumbria Law School in 2015 and was awarded her PhD in 2016.

Elizabeth Tiarks

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Space law, cyber law, sentencing, criminal justice.

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  • Legal Regulation of Satellite Navigation Systems, Tiarks, E. 6 Apr 2022, Outer Space Law, Global Law and Business
  • Response to the Law Commission Consultation on Reform of the Communications Offences, Tiarks, E., Oswald, M. 21 Jul 2021
  • The impact of algorithms on legitimacy in sentencing, Tiarks, E. 29 Sep 2021, In: Journal of Law, Technology and Trust
  • Restorative Justice and the Problem of Incoherence in Sentencing, Tiarks, E. Dec 2019, In: Verifiche
  • Restorative Justice, Consistency and Proportionality: Examining the Trade-off, Tiarks, E. 2019, In: Criminal Justice Ethics

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  • Invited talk: Predictive Justice and the Purposes of Sentencing in England and Wales 2023
  • Invited talk: International Colloquium on AI and Administration of Justice: Predictive Policing and Predictive Justice 2023
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: The use of AI in sentencing and the management of offenders 2023
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: The Use of AI in Sentencing and the Management of Offenders 2023
  • Other: AI and the administration of justice in the UK: predictive justice (UK rapporteur) 2022

  • Law PhD June 28 2016
  • Philosophy MA June 30 2009
  • Philosophy BA (Hons)
  • Bar Professional Training Course BPTC
  • Common Professional Examination CPE
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA
  • Member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

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