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I joined Coventry University in January 2017 as a lecturer in law, having recently submitted my PhD thesis which examined counter-terrorist hybrid orders (Control Orders, TPIMs, Temporary Exclusion Orders) and the right to a fair trial. I have published some of my research and I have presented at various conferences.

As a student I spent a significant amount of my time studying abroad. For my undergraduate degree I spent an Erasmus year at the Charles University in Prague. For my postgraduate degree I spent one semester at Columbia University in New York and another semester at the University of Amsterdam. Whilst in Amsterdam I interned for a defence counsel who practises at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

I have also benefited from some invaluable work experience in the third sector, having been a legal fellow for Rights Watch (UK), as well having worked with Peace Brigades International (UK) and the Human Rights Lawyers' Association in some capacity.




I am interested in all matters concerning human rights which have political dimensions and social implications. For my PhD I conducted a socio-legal study into the implications of counter-terrorist executive orders and the right to a fair trial, which I hope to build upon in the coming years. More recently I have been exploring contemporary challenges to the rights of political participation such as free speech on university campuses and the right to vote.


Area of Expertise:

  • Rights of political participation
  • Domestic counter-terrorism law and policy
  • Domestic and international human rights law


Research Interests

Socio-legal research; International human rights law; Rights of political participation and democracy; International criminal justice; Terrorism and counter-terrorism; Legal responses to human rights violations

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Law, Doctorate, University of Bedfordshire


LLM in International Criminal Law, Degree, University of Amsterdam


LLB in Law (International), Degree, Lancaster University


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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 13 Article
  • 2 Book/Film/Article review
  • 2 Other contribution
  • 1 Web publication/site

Case comment - Banks v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2018] UKFTT 617 (TC)

Stanford, B., MacLennan, S. & Foster, S. 24 Jan 2019 In : Coventry Law Journal. 23, 2, p. 112-115 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Case comment - Mehmet Hasan Altan v Turkey (13237/17); Sahin Alpay v Turkey (16538/17)

Stanford, B. 24 Jan 2019 In : Coventry Law Journal. 23, 2, p. 115-119 5 p.

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conservative party
vote of no-confidence
right to vote
local election
voter turnout

Activities 2014 2017

  • 6 Participation in conference

London Conference in Critical Thought 2017

Stanford, B. (Speaker)

Activity: Participation in conference

Law and Culture Conference: (In)visibility

Stanford, B. (Speaker)
5 Sep 20166 Sep 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Human Rights Research Students' Conference

Stanford, B. (Speaker)

Activity: Participation in conference

Vox-Pol Conference

Stanford, B. (Speaker)

Activity: Participation in conference

Newcastle Law School PGR Conference 2014

Stanford, B. (Speaker)

Activity: Participation in conference