Ian Turner

Dr. Ian Turner

Reader in Human Rights and Security

School of Law and Social Science

Harris Building, HB261

+44 (0) 1772 89 3074


Subject Areas: Law

Ian is research active in the School of Law and Social Science, where he specialises in human rights, security, counter-terrorism and legal theory. He has been at uclan for over fifteen years, having previously taught at Coventry University. He is the Lead for Postgraduate Research (PGR) degrees in the School of Law and Social Science.

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Ian is the Module Leader for undergraduate modules on Public Law, Human Rights and Terrorism and the Law. When Ian is not teaching, he spends much of his time engaged in academic research and bidding for external funding. Ian is also responsible for supervising several PGR students on PhD, MPhil and LLM programmes. Ian welcomes applications from students wishing to pursue research degrees in any area of his expertise.

Ian has held various administrative roles in 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 Second Year Tutor on the LLB Law programme.


  • PhD (by Published Works), the 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


‘Conceptualising a protection of liberal constitutionalism post 9/11: an emphasis upon rights in the social contract philosophy of Thomas Hobbes’ (2020) International Journal of Human Rights (forthcoming).

‘Limits to terror speech in the UK and USA: balancing freedom of expression with national security’ (2020) Amicus Curiae (forthcoming)

‘Individualism in times of crisis – theorising a shift away from classic liberal attitudes to human rights post 9/11’ in M. Rubniewski and M. Chmielinski (eds), The Philosophy of Legal Change: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Processes, Routledge, 2019, chapter 14.

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

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External Activities

  • 19- External Examiner, MA in Human Rights, the School of Advanced Study, the University of London
  • 17- Associate Editor, the International Journal of Human Rights
  • 17- Editorial Board member, Democracy and Security
  • 17- Editorial Board member, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

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

  • Democracy and Security
  • European Yearbook on Human Rights
  • International Criminal Justice Review
  • the International Journal of Human Rights
  • the Journal of Human Trafficking
  • 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


Ian has presented papers at a number of UK, European and international conferences such as:

  1. Annual Workshop of the International Association of Constitutional Law Research Group on Constitutional Responses to Terrorism, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, June 2019.
  1. Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, January 2019.
  1. Ninth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium Law School, Loyola University, Chicago, USA, November 2018.
  1. American Constitution Society of Law and Policy Third Annual Constitutional Law Scholars Forum Law School, Barry University, Orlando, Florida, USA, March 2018.
  1. Intolerance, Discrimination and Terrorism International Interdisciplinary Conference. The University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland, May 2017.
  1. Transnational Organised Crime in the Americas, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, May 2017.

Teaching Activities

  • LLB Law: Public Law, Human Rights, Terrorism and the Law
  • LLM International Law and Security: Transnational Regulation of Terrorism
  • Lead for Postgraduate Research