Ethics. Law. Public Policy. Impact.

Durham Law School—Durham University

Prof Thom Brooks

Chair in Law & Government

Durham University

Thom Brooks

Text Box: Thom Brooks is Professor of Law and Government at Durham Law School and an Associate Member in Philosophy at Durham University. Brooks is also a columnist for The Journal newspaper in Newcastle. Brooks has held visiting appointments at St John’s College, Oxford; the University of Oxford; University of St Andrews; and Uppsala University and he taught previously at Newcastle University. Brooks is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy.
Brooks is an award-winning author and teacher who has won a Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Media from Durham University in 2013 and Lecturer of the Year for his faculty from Durham University’s Student Union in 2014 and Law Teacher of the Year from Durham Law School in 2015. His book Punishment was named ‘Book of the Month’ by the European Sociological Association.
Brooks works broadly in the areas of ethics, law, and public policy, such as:
Immigration law and policy: Brooks is the author of the only comprehensive report examining the “Life in the United Kingdom” citizenship test noted at least 6 times in Parliamentary debates. The report launch can be viewed here. 
Criminal law and sentencing with a focus on innovating punishment and restorative justice. His book Punishment (2012) was launched in the Houses of Parliament. Brooks has developed a new theory—the unified theory of punishment—identified by Research Councils UK as one of the top 100 Big Ideas for the Future. 
Political strategy. Brooks is an active member of the UK’s Labour Party. He is quoted in Labour’s current policy commission, lectures and participates at political events and a regular contributor to Labour –affiliated media. Brooks contributed to Newcastle City Council’s Newcastle Fairness Commission Report.
Please view his curriculum vitae for further details.
Prof Thom Brooks
Durham Law School
Durham University
Durham, DH1 3LE
Email: thom.brooks @ 
Follow me on Twitter @thom_brooks