Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Joshua Jowitt

Teaching Fellow


Josh joined Newcastle Law School as a Teaching Fellow in September 2016. He graduated in Law from Homerton College, Cambridge in 2009 . After a period of time working in Widening Participation and Outreach as Schools Liaison Officer for Selwyn College, Cambridge, he returned to Law and took his LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights from the University of Warwick in 2012. He submitted his PhD thesis in January 2018, having undertaken study at University College, Durham under the supervision of Prof. Deryck Beyleveld and Prof. Shaun Pattinson.

Area of expertise

  • Legal Theory
  • Public Law
  • Human Rights


Josh’s PhD research continued his earlier work on the relationship between popular conceptions of morality and their interplay with the law. He is interested in the increased appeal to morality beyond black letter law in contemporary legal and political discourse, and the extent to which this is superseding beliefs that law should be nominally separate to moral codes and subjective class biases.

His thesis is titled 'The Necessary Moral Foundation of Law: A Gewirthian Critique of Contemporary Inclusive Positvism', and concerns the extent to which Alan Gewirth's Principle of Generic Consistency (PGC) can be seen as a supreme constitutional principle against which the normative validity of law can be judged, as suggested by Beyleveld and Brownsword in Law as a Moral Judgement. It considers the extent to which this claim still stands when faced with recent developments within Jurisprudence, particularly the Incorporationist School within Legal Positivism and the rise of Virtue Jurisprudence, with emphasis on the application of the Dialectically Necessary nature of the rights which emerge from Gewirth's Reason and Morality


Stage One:

  • LAW1120 - Public Law

Stage Two:

  • LAW2162 - European Union Law

Stage Three:

  • LAW3032 - Legal Theory
  • LAW3035 - Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Law
  • LAW3040 - US Constitutional Law