Ethics. Law. Public Policy. Impact.

Durham Law School—Durham University

Professor Thom Brooks

Chair in Law & Government

Durham University

Thom Brooks

Thom Brooks is Professor of Law and Government at Durham Law School and the School’s Director of Undergraduate Studies. Brooks is an Associate Member in Philosophy at Durham University with links to research centres in Law, Philosophy and Government, such as the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (CCLCJ); Centre for Ethics, Law and Life Sciences (CELLS); Centre for the History of Political Thought; Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD); Human Rights Centre and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). He 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.

Brooks has held visiting appointments at St John’s College, Oxford; the University of Oxford; University of St Andrews; and Uppsala University. He taught previously at Newcastle University. Brooks is an Academician in the Academy of Social Science and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.

Brooks works broadly in the areas of ethics, law, and public policy:

His research on citizenship and immigration has been noted in the House of Lords and cited at least six times in Parliamentary debates. Brooks authored the first comprehensive report examining the “Life in the United Kingdom” citizenship test. The report launch can be viewed here.

Brooks publishes widely in criminal law and sentencing with a focus on innovating punishment and restorative justice. His recent book Punishment (2012) was launched in the Houses of Parliament in May 2013 and currently nominated for several prizes. 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. Brooks is currently writing a new book tentatively entitled Beyond Retribution: The Unified Theory of Punishment which develops a compelling new model for sentencing.

In global justice and human rights, Brooks is editor of The Global Justice Reader (2008), the leading anthology in the field, and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Global Justice forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Brooks is completing a comprehensive and innovative new book, Global Justice: An Introduction, that further develops his distinctive defence of justice as stakeholding with roots in ideas about recognition and the capabilities approach. Brooks also contributed to the Newcastle Fairness Commission Report for Newcastle City Council.

Brooks works widely in legal and political philosophy with special interests in Hegel and British Idealism, Indian philosophy and multiculturalism. His most recent book is Hegel’s Political Philosophy 2d (2013) and he is co-editor (with Martha C. Nussbaum) of Rawls’s Political Liberalism (forthcoming).

Please view his curriculum vitae for further details.



Professor Thom Brooks

Chair in Law and Government

Durham Law School

Durham University

Stockton Road

Durham, DH1 3LE

United Kingdom