Joanna Gilmore

Joanna Gilmore


  • Senior Lecturer, Law
Former affiliation

Accepting PhD Students

Personal profile


LLB (First Class, Newcastle), MRes (Manchester), PhD (Manchester), PGCAP (York)

Research interests

  • Public Order Law
  • Public Order Policing
  • Critical Policing Studies
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Human Rights



Dr Joanna Gilmore
LLB (Newcastle), MRes (Manchester), PhD (Manchester), PGCAP (York)

Senior Lecturer

Dr Joanna Gilmore is a Senior Lecturer in Law in York Law School, University of York. Her teaching and research interests include public order law and policing policy, counter-terrorism, human rights and community based responses to police misconduct.

Joanna graduated from Newcastle University in 2006. Following a period working for Bishop Auckland College and the National Probation Service, she was awarded 1+3 funding from the University of Manchester to complete an ESRC recognised MRes in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. Joanna was awarded a PhD in 2013 for her thesis, This is Not a Riot: Regulation of Protest and the Impact of the Human Rights Act 1998, examined by Professor Robert Reiner (LSE) and Professor David Mead (UEA).

Joanna was appointed as Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester in 2012, Lecturer in Law at the University of York in 2013 and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of York in 2021.

Joanna is a socio-legal researcher who has worked closely with a number of UK-based and international human rights organisations and think tanks including Liberty and The Century Foundation. She is a former National Executive Committee Member of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and co-founder of the Northern Police Monitoring Project, a grassroots initiative that works with communities affected by police harassment, brutality and racism. Joanna’s activism very much informs her academic work. In 2021, for example, Joanna initiated an open letter, signed by over 1,000 law academics, opposing proposals to restrict protest under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, and produced a briefing for trade unionists on the impact of the proposals for trade union organising.

Joanna’s research has attracted significant media coverage informing public debate (eg, The Guardian, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News), has attracted parliamentary attention, and has had demonstrable impact. Her research on the policing of the anti-fracking movement, for example, triggered an intervention by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Free Speech and Peaceful Assembly.

Joanna serves on the Editorial Board of the journal, Justice, Power and Resistance and is the former Secretary of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.

Joanna is the Widening Participation Tutor in York Law School and has taken a leading role in departmental, university and national initiatives to remove barriers to access to higher education and the legal profession.

Current Projects:

Lawyers at the coalface: Legal solidarity and the 1984-5 miners’ strike

Funder: British Academy / Leverhulme

Abstract: The 1984-5 miners’ strike was the longest and most bitterly fought period of industrial action in British history. An extensive body of socio-legal scholarship has documented how the police, the courts, the welfare system and the security services were mobilised against the miners, leading to extensive social disruption and severe
hardship within mining communities. Whilst the role of law and legal institutions in undermining the strike is well documented, the contribution of lawyers in furthering the miners' cause has not been explored in the academic literature to date. This socio-legal study will begin to fill this lacuna. Through a collaboration with National Life Stories at the British Library, the study will collate, analyse and archive for online public access, oral history interview recordings and transcripts with twenty-five lawyers and strike participants. The project outputs will coincide with the 40-year anniversary of the strike in 2024-5.

Follow the research on Twitter @law_solidarity

Former Projects include:

Citizen experiences of 'anti-fracking' protest policing in England and Wales

An 18 month study documenting the experiences of individuals taking part in protests against 'fracking' in England and Wales. The study examined how the police response to anti-fracking protests affects citizen engagement with political campaigning. This project was funded by The Morrell Trust.

Outputs from this project include articles in Journal of Law and Society, Policing and Society and Critical Social Policy.


Current Teaching:

Criminal Law (Year 2 Subject Lead)

Counter Terrorism & Media Case Study (Module Lead)

LLM Current Issues in Counter Terrorism (Module Lead)

Introduction to Law & Society (Module Team)

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