Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Helene Tyrrell



Hélène joined Newcastle Law School in June 2016. Prior to her appointment, Hélène worked at Queen Mary University of London but began her legal education in the North East by studying for her LLB and Master of Jurisprudence degrees at the University of Durham. Hélène completed her PhD at Queen Mary in 2014 (‘The Use of Foreign Jurisprudence in Human Rights Cases before the UK Supreme Court’) which will be published as a book in 2018.

In previous years, Hélène worked in the Essex Human Rights Centre as a Senior Research Officer on a Nuffield Foundation funded project and as a Parliamentary Researcher in the House of Commons. She has taught at the University of Durham, Queen Mary University of London and at the Catholic University of Lille, in Paris. Her teaching areas cover constitutional law, administrative law, human rights, and tort law. At Newcastle she teaches Public Law, Legal Institutions & Methods, and the Wider Academic Skills Programme. Hélène runs the Newcastle Law School Pro-Bono Projects (with Jenny Johnstone): Street Law Project and National Centre for Domestic Violence McKenzie Friend Project.Her research focuses on human rights and judicial reasoning. She has presented on these themes at a number of national and international conferences. 

Hélène is a Co-Director of the W.G. Hart Legal Workshop 2018: 'Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights' and is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, London. She is on the organising committee of the Northern Public Law Forum. She is a member of the Human Rights and Social Justice Forum and is a Council Member in the Society of Legal Scholars. 



LLB (Hons), University of Durham 2007

Master of Jurisprudence, University of Durham 2009

PhD, Queen Mary University of London 2014



UK Constitutional Law Association

Society of Legal Scholars

Association of Law Teachers


Current Teaching 

LAW1120: Public law

LAW1110: Legal Institutions & Methods 

Wider Academic Skills Programme

Wider Teaching Interests

Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights, Tort Law.


Hélène's research interests lie in the field of public law and human rights, with a focus on comparative law and judicial reasoning. She also has a keen interest in empirical research and research methods more broadly. She is currently working on her book, UK Human Rights Law and the Influence of Foreign Jurisprudence, expected for publication in 2017.


  • Hélène Tyrrell, UK Human Rights Law and the Influence of Foreign Jurisprudence (forthcoming, Hart 2018).
  • Alexander Horne and Hélène Tyrrell, ‘Sovereignty, Privilege and the European Convention on Human Rights’ in Horne, A, Le Sueur, A, (eds) Parliament: Legislation and Accountability (Hart 2016).
Book Reviews
  • Hélène Tyrrell, (Publication Review) Tania Groppi and Marie-Claire Ponthoreau (eds), The Use of Foreign Precedents by Constitutional Judges [2014] Public Law 358.
  • Hélène Tyrrell, (Publication Review) Connor Gearty, On Fantasy Island (OUP 2016), [2018] Public Law (forthcoming). Accepted Sept 2017.
  • Lorna McGregor, Rachel Murray, Shirley Shipman, Helene Tyrrell, ‘National Human Rights Institutions in Europe and Dispute Resolution: A mapping’ (April 2017). Part of project National human rights institutions and access to justice, funded by the Nuffield Foundation
  • Lorna McGregor, Rachel Murray, Shirley Shipman, Helene Tyrrell, ‘First Contact with Complainants: A Human Rights Approach to Triage & Referrals’ (April 2017). Part of project National human rights institutions and access to justice, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
Conference Papers
  • 'The Human Rights Act 1998: Two Decades Swimming Upstream’, Twenty Years On: Assessing the State and Legacy of New Labour’s Constitution (Liverpool University, Liverpool, July 2017
  • Syllogistic Fallacies and Analogistic Reasoning, Exit from the European Union: Article 50, Parliament and the Prerogative in the UK Courts (Liverpool University, Liverpool, November 2016)
  • ‘Sovereignty, Privilege and the European Convention on Human Rights’, Study of Parliament Group Roundtable (University College London, London, April 2015)
  • ‘Foreign Judgments as Persuasive Authority’, ATLAS Agora (Melbourne University, Melbourne 2014)    
  • ‘Foreign Jurisprudence in UK Domestic Courts: an empirical analysis’, LSE Workshop for Young Public Law Scholars (LSE Law School, London, May 2014)
  • 'Changes to judicial reasoning: examples from the use of foreign jurisprudence at the UK Supreme Court', The Futures of Legal Education and the Legal Profession 2013 CEPLER Conference (Birmingham Law School, Birmingham, October 2013)
  • ‘Withstanding Strasbourg: the unexpected role of foreign jurisprudence in UK human rights cases’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2013 (Edinburgh, September 2013)
  • ‘Standing up to Strasbourg: changes to judicial reasoning in UK human rights cases and the value of foreign jurisprudence’, Queen Mary, Postgraduate Legal Research Conference 2013 (Queen Mary University London, June 2013)                                                                                                                                                   
  • ‘Foreign Jurisprudence in the UK Supreme Court and the Overstated Influence of ‘Transjudicial Dialogue’, Durham Human Rights Centre (Durham University Law School, Durham May 2012)
  • ‘Foreign Jurisprudence in UK Human Rights Cases: Behind the Scenes’, Queen Mary, Postgraduate Legal Research Conference 2012 (London, May 2012)