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Laura's research primarily focuses on sex work and human rights, looking at both the legal and social impact of human rights on sex workers' lived experiences. Laura's ESRC 1+3 funded PhD (Nottingham University) critically explored how the Human Rights Act could impact reform of the law relating to sex work in England and Wales. Her current work considers the role of human rights law and discourse in sex workers' rights movements in the UK and Canada. Laura has presented on sex work and human rights at academic conferences in the UK and internationally, has published on this topic, andhas edited (with Mary Laing and Victoria Holt) a special issue of the International Journal of Gender, Sexuality and Law on Sex Work and the Law. 

Laura's research interests also include criminal law and justice, feminisms, feminist legal theory, and bodily autonomy.

Laura holds degrees from Durham University (LLB First Class Hons, 2007) and the University of Nottingham (MA with Distinction, 2009; PhD). 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 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 leads of the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Cluster at Northumbria University. She is open to all discussions about future PhD project supervision.

Research interests

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, MA

9 Dec 200931 Dec 2099

Award Date: 9 Dec 2009

Law, LLB

27 Jun 200731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 27 Jun 2007

External positions

National Ugly Mugs

1 Oct 2019 → …


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