Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Professor Ian Ward

Professor of Law


Roles and Responsibilities

Former Alternate Head and Acting Head of the Law School, Research Director, Degree Programme Director for the LLB and BA Law with French Programmes, and Degree Programme Director for Postgraduate Research.


BA University of Keele, 1986
Ph.D University of Cambridge, 1989
LLM University of Toronto, 1990
MSc University of Leicester, 2010

Previous Positions

Lecturer, University of Durham
Senior Lecturer, University of Sussex
Professor, University of Dundee





Research Interests

My principal area of research expertise lies at the intersection of law, literature and history.

Other Expertise

English constitutional history and thought.

Current Work

I am presently completing a book on mid-nineteenth century gender, law and literature. I am also beginning work on a study of nineteenth century English constitutional thought.

Future Research

I intend to continue my work on the relation of law, literature and history in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Research Roles

Former School Research Director, 2001-2007.

Postgraduate Supervision

Current supervision of students completing doctoral research in the areas of nineteenth century law and literature, and international human rights.

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Esteem Indicators

I have held visiting positions at the Universities of Iowa, Turku, Montpellier, Alberta and the Catholic University in Lisbon, more recently serving as Shakespeare Moot Court Judge at McGill University. Most recently I was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies at Ludwig Maxmilian University in Munich, and I currently serve as international expert on a law and literature research network based at Verona University. Editorial board member for 'Law and Literature', 'Law and Humanities' and 'Polemos'. I was invited to give the Keynote address to the annual UKCLE conference in early 2009, and in 2011 gave a lecture in the Current Legal Problems lecture series at UCL.


Recipient of AHRB funding in 2002-3 for research in English constitutional history.


Undergraduate Teaching

Stage 1 Public Law
Stage 3 Law and Literature