Professor Emeritus Clive Walker

Professor Emeritus Clive Walker


I obtained my LLB from the University of Leeds in 1975 and my PhD (on 'The Prevention of Terrorism in British Law') from the University of Manchester in 1982. In 2015, I was awarded an LL.D. from the University of Manchester for my work on 'Terrorism and the Law'.

In 2016, I was conferred with the title of Queen’s Counsel (Hon) in recognition of my work with government, other agencies, and legal professionals in the field of terrorism laws.

I was a practicing solicitor from 1976 to 1978. Afterwards, I took up an academic career and was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Manchester (1978-1983) and then as a lecturer, senior lecturer, and Reader at the University of Leeds. In 1993, I was conferred with the chair of Professor of Criminal Justice Studies. During my employment at Leeds, I was appointed as the founding director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (1987-2000) and Head of the School of Law (2000-2005, 2010).

My overseas research work and collaborations have resulted in many visiting professorships and other appointments, including: University of Louisville, (1993), George Washington University (1995), the University of Connecticut (2003), Stanford University (2006), University of Washington (2006), University of Melbourne (2007), Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London) (2009), University of New South Wales (2012), and the University of Toronto (2017).

Research interests

  • terrorism and the law
  • cyberlaw
  • police powers
  • media law
  • civil liberties and human rights
  • public law.

Key Books

(see linked cv for full list of all publications and projects)

Media Contact Areas

My main area of research on which I publish and speak is terrorism. Other areas include criminal justice studies, forensic process, media law, public law, and cyberlaw.

Further details

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  • LL.B. (Hons., First Class) - University of Leeds, 1975
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court (admitted 1978)
  • Ph.D. (The Prevention of Terrorism in British Law) - University of Manchester, 1982
  • LL.D. (Terrorism and the Law) - University of Manchester, 2015
  • KC (Hon) 2016

Professional memberships

  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Socio Legal Studies Association
  • Law Society
  • Committee on the Administration of Justice
  • UK Constitutional Law Association
  • Internet Society
  • International Society of Military Law

Student education

I welcome Postgraduate Research candidates in the following fields which reflect my own active research and publishing interests:

  • terrorism
  • policing
  • forensic processes
  • cyberlaw
  • human rights and constitutionalism

My workload entirely concentrates on the supervision of research degree students.

View current and past research student supervisions

I have successfully supervised numerous research students at PhD, MPhil and MA levels, most of whom are now pursuing academic and professional careers. Applications from all types of applicants are invited. I am currently supervising students from a variety of countries, especially international students from the Middle East and South East Asia where I have many contacts and extensive knowledge. A range of methodologies can be considered, ranging from doctrinal law and comparative perspectives to socio-legal survey and interview fieldwork. Extensive skills training and guidance is available.

My record as a postgraduate research student supervisor was recognised by the University of Leeds and the Student Union with the award in 2017 of the Leeds Partnership Award for the Best Research Student Supervisor.

Please feel welcome to contact me for informal discussions and advice about the design of your proposal before you submit a formal research application.

View current and past research student supervisions


Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies