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Dr Elizabeth Tiarks

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

Elizabeth Tiarks graduated from Durham University with a BA(Hons) in Philosophy, after which she studied law at Northumbria University and then completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. She undertook pupillage at New Park Court Chambers in Newcastle and was taken on as a tenant in 2006. She practised predominantly criminal law (mostly defence work), as well as undertaking prosecutions on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency.

In 2008, Elizabeth went part-time at the bar, to undertake a full-time MA in Philosophy at Durham University, for which she was awarded a distinction. She then commenced her PhD in Law at Durham, funded by a Durham University scholarship, whilst continuing to work part-time as a barrister. Elizabeth joined Northumbria Law school in 2015 and was awarded her PhD in 2016.

Elizabeth Tiarks

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Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Response to the Law Commission Consultation on Reform of the Communications Offences, Tiarks, E., Oswald, M. 21 Jul 2021
  • 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


  • Law PhD June 28 2016
  • Philosophy MA June 30 2009
  • Philosophy BA (Hons)
  • Bar Professional Training Course BPTC
  • Common Professional Examination CPE

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