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Dr. Ian Turner

Reader in Human Rights and Security

Lancashire Law School

Harris Building, HB261

+44 (0) 1772 89 3074

idturner@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Law

Ian has been a Law Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire since 2002. He has previously taught at Coventry University, the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Birmingham.

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When he is not teaching, Ian spends much of his time engaged in academic research and bidding for external funding; he is also responsible for supervising several postgraduate research students on PhD, MPhil and LLM programmes.

Ian has held various administrative roles in the Lancashire Law School: he has been the Course Leader for LLB Law with Criminology, BA Law and Criminology and BA Human Rights. Before becoming a Course Leader, Ian was the 2nd Year Tutor on the LLB Law programme. Currently, Ian is a Research Degrees Tutor (RDT) in the Law School. This entails a responsibility for: research degree admissions such as reviews of PhDs proposals and the interviewing of prospective students; the annual monitoring of research students’ progress; approval of students’ transfers from MPhil to PhD; and the approval of oral exam arrangements.

  • PhD (by Published Work), University of Central Lancashire, 2016
  • PGCE in Further, Adult and Higher Education, the University of Wolverhampton, 2000
  • LLM by Research, the University of Birmingham, 1999
  • BA (Hons) Law, Sheffield Hallam University, 1994

Publications

‘A ‘Positive’, ‘Communitarian’ Right to Security in the Age of ‘Super-Terrorism’’ Democracy and Security (forthcoming).

‘Arming the Police in Britain: a Human Rights Analysis’ The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles (forthcoming).

‘A Communitarian Justification for Measures to Prevent Terrorism in the UK’ Perspectives on Terrorism (forthcoming).

4. ‘Human Rights, Positive Obligations and Measures to Prevent Human Trafficking in the UK’ (2015) 1(4) Journal of Human Trafficking 296-317.

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Teaching Activities

Ian's teaching duties involve (though not necessarily every year):

LLB Foundation programme:

Current Issues in Human Rights (lectures and seminars) (campus)

Undergraduate Law programmes:

  • Foundations in Human Rights (lectures and seminars) (campus and online)
  • Public Law (lectures and seminars) (campus)
  • Human Rights in the UK (lectures and seminars) (campus)
  • Criminal Law (seminars) (campus)
  • Criminal Law Relating to Sex and Violence (seminars) (campus)
  • Terrorism and the Law (lectures and seminars) (campus and online)

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL):

Constitutional Law (lectures and seminars) (campus and online)

LLM Law and International Security:

Transnational Regulation of Terrorism (campus and online)

 

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Conferences

1.            ‘Attacking Liberal Values in the USA and the UK: are Entrenched Constitutions a ‘Suicide Pact’ with ISIL?’ Third Annual Constitutional Law Scholars Forum Law School, Barry University, Miami, Florida, USA, 2 March 2018.

2.            ‘Theorising Counter-Terrorism Post ISIL: a Reassessment of Democracy and the Rule of Law’ Democracy and the Rule of Law: Relationships, Challenges and Conflicts. The Centre for the Study of International Peace and Security, University of Westminster, London, 18 November 2017.

3.            ‘Constitutionalism in Times of Crisis: a Comparative Assessment of Codified and Uncodified Constitutions in the USA and UK’ Eighth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium Law School, Loyola University, Chicago, USA, 3 November 2017.

4.            ‘Security from Islamist Terrorism: Locke and Hobbes = Liberty Versus Tyranny?’ Change of Law in a Democratic State: Normative Foundations and Practical Processes. The Mancept Workshops in Political Theory, Manchester Centre for Political Theory, the University of Manchester, Manchester, 11 September 2017.

5.            ‘Negative and Positive Rights: Liberty Versus Security’ Faculty of Law, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 24 May 2017 Research workshop, invited discussant).

6.            ‘Intolerance, Discrimination and Terrorism: a Theoretical Re-engagement with Human Rights’ Intolerance, Discrimination and Terrorism International Interdisciplinary Conference. The University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland, 12 May 2017. (There were no keynote speakers at this conference, but the organiser, Professor Wojciech Owczarski, invited me to deliver the first paper of the conference, and chair a panel.)

7.            ‘Challenging Transnational Organised Crime in the Age of ‘Super-Terrorism’: a Reconsideration of Thomas Hobbes’ Transnational Organised Crime in the Americas, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 04 May 2017.

8.            ‘Islamism and the Terror Threat to the UK: Does Human Rights Law Require the British Police to be Routinely Armed for Reasons of Security?’ Social Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, 06 April 2017.

9.            ‘A Communitarian Approach to Human Rights – a Re-Engagement With Fundamental Freedoms’ Challenging Human Rights Disenchantment 50 Years From the Adoption of the ICCPR and ICESCR. Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Sussex, Brighton, 27 January 2017.

10.          Rights Versus Security in an Age of Global Insecurity: a Reconciliation’ Global Insecurities Global Studies Association Annual Conference, St Mary’s University College, Belfast, 30 June 2016.

11.          ‘A Theoretical Justification for Measures to Prevent Terrorism in the UK’ 21st Century Challenges, 21st Century Solutions: New approaches to Crime and Security Policy The Crime and Security Policy Network Symposium 2015, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 09 September 2015.

12.          ‘Transnational Security and Human Rights: Bridging the Divide’ Transnational Security and Human Rights Workshop Institute for International and Comparative Law, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 02 July 2015. (I organised this workshop. Professor Fiona de Londras of the University of Durham, now Chair of Global Legal Studies at the University of Birmingham, was the keynote speaker.)

13.          ‘Human Rights and the Protection of Victims of Human Trafficking in the UK’ Exploring the Provision of Support for Trafficking Victims Across the UK and Within Europe Institute for International and Comparative Law Workshop, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 19 June 2015.

14.          ‘A Positive Human Right to Security’ Rights in Conflict: Socio-Legal and

Critical Approaches to Human Rights’ Centre for Criminal Justice and

Human Rights Symposium, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 09 June 2015.

Memberships

Ian is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, as well as a member of the Association of Law Teachers, the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Society of Legal Scholars.

Research

Projects

Titles of work in progress:

1. "Positive Obligations and Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights: a defence of the UK's Human Rights Act 1998"

2. "Positive Obligations and Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights: an analysis of the UK's Treatment of Victims of Human Trafficking"

3. "Is There a Human Right to Armed Police?"

4. "The Right to Protect (R2P): What can the International Community Learn from the European Convention in Human Rights?"

Research

Activities

1.            ‘A ‘Positive’, ‘Communitarian’ Right to Security in the Age of ‘Super-Terrorism’’ (2017) 13(1) Democracy and Security 46-70.

2.            ‘Arming the Police in Britain: a Human Rights Analysis’ (2017) 90(2) The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles 107-127.

3.            ‘A Communitarian Justification for Measures to Prevent Terrorism in the UK’ (2016) 10(5) Perspectives on Terrorism 68-82. http://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/index.php/pot/article/view/542/html

4.            ‘Human Rights, Positive Obligations and Measures to Prevent Human Trafficking in the UK’ (2015) 1(4) Journal of Human Trafficking 296-317.

5.            ‘Positive Obligations and Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights: a Defence of the UK’s Human Rights Act 1998’ (2014) 18(1) International Journal of Human Rights 94-114.

6.            ‘Human Rights and Anti-Terrorism: A Positive Legal Duty to Infringe Freedom from Torture?’ (2012) 35 Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 760-778.

7.            ‘The Prevention of Terrorism: in Support of Control Orders, and Beyond’ (2011) 62(3) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 335-359.

8.            ‘Freedom from Torture in the ‘War on Terror’: is it Absolute?’ (2011) 23(3) Terrorism and Political Violence 419-437.

9.            ‘Judicial Review, Irrationality and the Limits of Intervention by the courts’ (2010) 21(2) King’s Law Journal 311-331.

10.          ‘Article 2 of the ECHR, the Investigative Obligation and the Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes’ [2009] 5 Web Journal of Current Legal Issues (21 pages)

http://www.bailii.org/uk/other/journals/WebJCLI/2009/issue5/turner5.html

11.          ‘Irrationality, the Human Rights Act and the Limits of Merits-Review’ (2009) 18(1) Nottingham Law Journal 18-36.

12.          ‘Suicide Terrorism, Article 2 of the ECHR and the Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes’ [2008] 4 Web Journal of Current Legal Issues (26 pages) http://www.bailii.org/uk/other/journals/WebJCLI/2008/issue4/turner4.html

13.          ‘Judicial Review, Irrationality and the Legitimacy of Merits-Review’ (2008) 29(3) Liverpool Law Review 309-333.

14.          ‘Judicial Review, Irrationality and the Review of Merits’ (2006) 15(2) Nottingham Law Journal 37-50.

15.          ‘Commonhold: The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002’ 37(1) (2003) Law Teacher 105-112.

Projects

Ian is currently engaged in articulating a neo-Hobbesian right to security, which works horizontally against non-state actors such as suspected terrorists.

External Activities

Ian is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights; and a member of the Editorial Boards for Democracy and Security and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

Ian has been been invited to peer review academic articles for the following journals:

  • the Beijing Law Review
  • the International Journal of Human Rights
  • the Journal of Human Trafficking
  • the Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law
  • the Liverpool Law Review
  • the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal
  • Perspectives on Terrorism
  • the Police Journal
  • Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and
  • Terrorism and Political Violence.