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Northumbria University
Law School

 Contact details
Contact personProf Chris Ashford
Professor of Law and Society 
StreetSchool of Law, City Campus East 
Address NE1 8ST - Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom) 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)51-250 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Gender and sexuality studies
» Law

 Brief description of your activity focus
Queer Legal Theory, Law and Sexuality, public sex, barebacking, sex work, identities, technology

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Chris has published widely on the area of law and sexuality and legal education. A queer theorist; his
research explores the intersection of law, sexuality and technology and has focused upon the
of public sex, male for male sex work and more recently, barebacking. He has advised LGBT community
and health groups, the NHS, Police and UK Parliament. Pink News – the most read British gay news
– named Chris as 26th in the top 50 Twitter users who influenced LGBT lives the most in 2011. His legal
education research has explored and documented the rise of the apprenticeship route to qualification,
the impact upon Law Schools, whilst his pedagogic research has focused upon the use of technology and

He is Vice Chair of the Association of Law Teachers (ALT), and also Secretary and Social Media Officer
the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA). Additionally, he organises the Gender, Sexuality and Law
Stream at the annual SLSA conference. Chris has previously served as a member of the Legal Education
Research network (LERN) steering group, the Society of Legal Scholars Legal Education Sub-Committee
as the SLS’s Legal Education Convenor.

He is Deputy Editor and Editor-Designate of The Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal
(published by Routledge) and a member of the editorial board of Porn Studies (published by Routledge),
be launched in 2013. He is a member of the Centre for Sex Work Research and Policy, the Scottish LGBT
and Sexualities Network, and the Global Alliance for Justice Education. He is also a Fellow of the Higher
Education Academy and External Examiner at the University of Bradford, Middlesex University and the
University of Winchester.

He is also a member of the editorial board of Porn Studies. He has previously guest edited special
of Sexualities, Liverpool Law Review, Web Journal of Current Legal Issues and Information &
Communications Technology Law.
 Research Activities

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
more info https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/

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