Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Helene Tyrrell

Lecturer in Law



Hélène is a Lecturer in Law. Prior to her appointment at Newcastle Law School in June 2016, 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 has since been developed into a book: Human Rights in the UK and the Influence of Foreign Jurisprudence (Hart 2018).

In previous years, Hélène worked in the Essex Human Rights Centre as a Senior Research Officer 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 and leads the Wider Academic Skills Programme. Hélène co-directs 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, judicial reasoning and administrative law. She has presented on these themes at a number of national and international conferences. 

Hélène was 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; Power, Organisation and Governance Systems research group; and a Council Member in the Society of Legal Scholars and in the British Association of Comparative Law. She is a co-founder of the Northern Empirical Legal Studies group. 


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 (Council member)

Association of Law Teachers

British Association of Comparative Law (Council member)

Northern Public Law Forum (Organising Committee member)

Northern Empirical Legal Studies Group (Co-founder)

Power, Organisation and Governance Systems (Newcastle Law School)

Human Rights and Social Justice Forum (Newcastle Law School)


Hélène is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has a strong interest in legal education. Her efforts have been recognised through nominations for various teaching awards. She was named 'Law Teacher of the Year' at the Northern Law Awards 2018. 

Current Teaching 

LAW1120: Public law

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. Her book, UK Human Rights Law and the Influence of Foreign Jurisprudence, was published in September 2018.

Hélène is currently researching the Human Rights Act 1998 and the role of the 'Quartet' in judicial review cases before the UK Supreme Court. 


  • Hélène Tyrrell, UK Human Rights Law and the Influence of Foreign Jurisprudence (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 174.
  • 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
  • Society of Legal Scholars, Annual Conference 2018, (with Joshua Jowitt), A Bridge over Troubled Water: addressing the skills gap between school and degree level learning. 
  • Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference 2018, (with Joshua Jowitt), Let Them Eat Cases: bridging the skills gap between school and degree level learning. Chris Gale Memorial Prize Winner. 
  • '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)