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Prof Chris Ashford


Department: Northumbria Law School


Chris Ashford

Professor Ashford joined Northumbria Law School in May 2013 as Professor of Law and Society.  Chris is currently the Director of Research and Innovation for the Law School and is also leading the Law REF 2021 submission.

Chris is active within the Gender, Sexuality and Law, Law and Society and Legal Education and Professional Skills (LEAPS) groups at Northumbria.

Chris is involved in a number of national and international academic networks and has held a number of high-profile roles.  He is currently a member of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association (LAGLA) North East Advisory Board.  Chris is a former Chair of the Association of Law Teachers (ALT) (2015-2017), Secretary of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) (2013-2015), and a member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Legal Education Sub-Committee.  Additionally, he previously organised the Gender, Sexuality and Law Stream at the Annual SLSA conference, significantly developing and growing the stream. Chris has also previously served as a member of the Legal Education Research Network (LERN) steering group, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences Open Access Working Group, and as the SLS’s Legal Education Convener.

He was a member of the 2016-17 Bar Standards Board (BSB) Future Bar Training Task Completion Group on pathways to qualification, the 2015 BSB Academic Stage Working Group, and the 2014 QAA Law Benchmark Review panel.

He is Editor of The Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education (published by Routledge), and is also a member of the editorial board of Porn Studies.   He has previously guest edited special issues of Sexualities, Liverpool Law Review, Web Journal of Current Legal Issues and Information & Communications Technology Law.

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  • Counter-Cultural Groups in the Age of Covid: Ravers, Travellers and Legal Regulation, Ashford, C., O'Brien, M. 1 Aug 2022, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Online Safety and Identity: Navigating Same-Sex Male Social "Dating" Apps and Networks, Giles, C., Ashford, C., Brown, K. 14 Jun 2022, In: Information & Communications Technology Law
  • Toward a Politics of “Raw Dicks”: Authenticity, the Alt-Self, and New Understandings of the Phallus, Ashford, C., Longstaff, G. 1 Mar 2022, In: Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities
  • Violence and Socio-Legal Interventions in Gender and Sexuality, Ashford, C., Maine, A. 1 Apr 2022, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Criminalizing sex: a unified liberal theory, Ashford, C. 2 Oct 2021, In: The Law Teacher
  • Feeling queer jurisprudence: injury, intimacy, identity: by Senthorun Sunil Raj, Abingdon, Routledge, 2020, 155 pp., ISBN 9780815356509, Ashford, C. 3 Apr 2021, In: The Law Teacher
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law School: (Re)thinking Blackstone’s Tower with Queer and Feminist Theory, Ashford, C. 16 Jun 2021, In: Amicus Curiae
  • (Re)regulating Gay Sex in Viral Times: COVID-19 and the Impersonal Intimacy of the Glory Hole, Ashford, C., Longstaff, G. 1 Nov 2021, In: Culture, Health and Sexuality
  • Bareback sex in the age of preventative medication: Rethinking the ‘harms’ of HIV transmission, Ashford, C., Morris, M., Powell, A. 1 Dec 2020, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Law Teaching and the Coronavirus Pandemic, Ashford, C. 2 Apr 2020, In: Law Teacher

  • Giuseppe Zago Experiences of sexual orientations and gender identities during imprisonment: A queer critique on the enforcement of human rights norms in England and Wales, and Italy Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 01/06/2020
  • Katharine Parker Illicit Sex and Risk-taking Behaviours: A Qualitative Study of the Public Sexual Practices of MSM in Newcastle upon Tyne Start Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 16/09/2019
  • Cameron Giles Deception and Disclosure: A Socio-Legal Analysis of HIV Transmission Offences and Mobile Dating Applications Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 24/03/2021
  • Alexander Maine Same-Sex Marriage and the Sexual Hierarchy: Constructing the Homonormative and Homoradical Legal Identities Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 04/03/2020
  • Rosie Hodsdon Investigating the impact of the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations (2014) and the Digital Economy Act (2017) on the UK BDSM pornography industry Start Date: 11/11/2016 End Date: 24/04/2022
  • CATHERINE SYLVESTER Start Date: 01/03/2016

  • Teaching & Learning MA September 01 2005
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2010

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