Dr Jessie Blackbourn is an Academic Visitor at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies for the academic year 2021-2022. She is Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights at Durham Law School, where she teaches public law and criminal law. She has an interdisciplinary background in law and politics and adopts a socio-legal approach to her research. Jessie has been researching counterterrorism for over a decade, including three years as a postdoctoral research fellow on an Australian Research Council funded project on anti-terrorism laws and the democratic challenge at the University of New South Wales, and three years as a research fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. The latter included 18 months as co-investigator on a Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust funded project on counter-terrorism review. Jessie’s research focuses on counter-terrorism law and policy, in particular on oversight and review of counter-terrorism laws, as well as on state responses to children suspected of extremism, radicalisation, and terrorism. 

Research Interests


Accountability and review

Extremism and Radicalisation