Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Sue Farran

Reader in Law


Sue joined Newcastle Law School from the University of Northumbria in 2019 having previously held posts at the University of Dundee, the University of the South Pacific (based in the Republic of Vanuatu) and the University of the West of England. She is an Associate of the Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of St Andrews.

Sue's research interest lie in the field of human rights and property, encompassing in particular the rights of women, children and indigenous people, and land, natural resources and intellectual property. Many of her publications use case studies from the Pacific island states to explore larger themes. Much of her work adopts a comparative focus and she is interested in legal pluralism and the interface of traditional and modern systems of law.


I currently have an AHRC GCRF fudged project looking at the role of customary law in marine resource governance in the plural legal systems of the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Fiji, with a focus on women's experience and narratives of customary law. The aim is to establish if, and to what extent, women's voices are heard when customary law is incorporated into governance mechanisms for sustainability, with a focus on food security.

More broadly my research looks at favours forms of human rights, including the rights of women and children and indigenous people to land, access to justice, natural resources, knowledge and cultural property, often drawing on case studies from the Pacific region.

I have published widely both as a single author and co-author as well as editing collections of papers both in special journal issues and monographs. I also act as a reviewer for various journals and welcome working with researchers from other disciplines.


in the academic year 2019/20 I have taught Land Law and Equity and Trusts at Undergraduate level and International Human Rights, International Intellectual Property Law and Enivironmental Impact Assessment on the taught LLM. I am also supervising dissertations at undergraduate and post-graduate level.