Professor of Law and Government
Thom Brooks is the UK's only Professor of Law and Government, and the Dean of Durham Law School at Durham University. Thom is a leading expert on immigration law and policy - and he has advised the Labour Party for over five years. He published the only comprehensive report into the Life in the UK citizenship test which has been regularly cited by Parliament. Brooks is cited by Electoral Commission in changing the EU referendum from Yes/No to Remain/Leave. A Brexit specialist, he was the first to claim any full "Brexit" would happen. Brooks also writes on restorative justice and sentencing, and his work is cited in a landmark US decision ending the death penalty in his home state of Connecticut. His books are Becoming British: UK Citizenship Examined (Biteback, 2016) and Punishment (2012). Brooks has previously held visiting positions at Oxford, St Andrews, Uppsala and Yale.