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Dr Ben Middleton

Ben Middleton

About Ben Middleton

Ben is the Head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Policing at Teesside University, with responsibility for the strategic development of the portfolio. He leads a Department with diverse expertise, with particular strengths in Social Policy and Criminology research. The Department works closely with police forces, legal practitioners and the local community.

Ben holds a First Class Law Degree (LLB (Hons)) and a Ph.D in Counter-Terrorism and Public Law. He worked as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Head of Law at the University of Sunderland, holding the latter post for 5 years and overseeing a transformation in the legal curriculum, working closely with businesses and regional and national law firms.

Research interests and activities

Public Law
Human Rights Law
Counter-Terrorism Law

PhD and research opportunities

Ben supervises PhD candidates in his research area, which, read broadly, examines the intersection of public law and counter-terrorism. Ben has supervised Professional Doctorate and DBA students, including those of senior police officers.

Applications from prospective PhD candidates are welcome.

External roles and professional activities

Ben is a member of the Committee for the Heads of Law Schools and the Society of Legal Scholars.

He is a governor at a local school and a founding member of a Multi-Academy Trust.

Learning and teaching interests

Ben has over 12 years' teaching experience in Higher Education and is  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has substantial experience of teaching Public Law, Human Rights Law and Counter-Terrorism Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Enterprise interest and activities

Ben has worked with businesses and law firms in order to share research and align the taught curriculum with employer needs, ensuring that students are well prepared for graduate-level employment after the completion of their studies. He has experience of working with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in law and business.


Ben Middleton, ‘Deporting Terrorist Suspects with Assurances: Lessonsfrom the United Kingdom’ Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal Vol 12(1),(2013), 127-191.


Ben Middleton, ‘Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures:Constitutional Evolution, not Revolution?’ Journal of Criminal Law Vol 77(6),(2013), 562-582.


Ben Middleton,‘Rebalancing, Reviewing or Rebranding the Treatment of Terrorist Suspects: theCounter-Terrorism Review 2011’  Journalof Criminal Law Vol 75(3); p225; ISSN 0022 0183; (2011)


Christopher Newman& Ben Middleton, ‘Any Excuse for certainty: English Perspectives on theDefence of ‘Reasonable Excuse’ Journal of Criminal Law Vol 74(5); p472; ISSN0022 0183; (2010)


Ben Middleton,Assuring Deportation of Terrorist suspects, Othman(Abu Qatada) v United Kingdom (App no. 8139/09), ECtHR, 17th January 2012, J.Crim. L. (2012).


Ben Middleton, (Not quite) the end of forcedrelocation for terrorist suspects, CD v Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment [2011] EWHC1273, J. Crim. L. 2011, 75(5), 345-347.


Ben Middleton, Deportation with assurances, MS(Algeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department[2011] EWCA Civ 306, J. Crim. L. 2011, 75(4), 276-278.


Ben Middleton, Preparing for terrorism, R. vIqbal (Abbas Niazi) R. v Iqbal (Ilyas Niazi) [2010] EWCA Crim 3215, J. Crim. L. 2011, 75(3), 177-180.


Ben Middleton, A control order that never was, N vSecretary of State for the Home Department; Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment v E and F [2010] EWCA Civ 869, J. Crim. L. 2011, 75(1), 25-28.


Ben Middleton, Possessionof terrorist information: role of intention, R. v Muhammed (Sultan) [2010] EWCA Crim 227 J. Crim. L. 2011, 74(5),397-400.


BenMiddleton, (Re)Freezing Terrorist Assets, A v HM Treasury; R.(on theapplication of Youssef) v HM Treasury; HM Treasury vAl-Ghabra [2010] UKSC 2. J. Crim. L.2011, 74(3), 209-213.


Ben Middleton, Secret Control Order Hearings: a Qualified Victoryfor the Right to a Fair Trial, Secretary ofState for the Home Department v F; E v Secretary of State for the Home Department;Secretary of State for the Home Department v N [2009] UKHL 28. J. Crim.L. 2009, 73(5), 389-393.


Ben Middleton, Revocation of Control Orders under the PreventionofTerrorismAct 2005.

Secretaryof State for the Home Department v AV [2009] EWHC 902 (Admin). J. Crim.L. 2009, 73(4), 291-294.


BenMiddleton, Sections 57 and 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000:interpretation update. R vG; R vJ [2009]UKHL 13. J. Crim. L. 2009, 73(3),203-206.


Ben Middleton, Failure todisclose and assisting a terrorist, R v Sherif(Abdul); R v Ali (Siraj); R vAli (Muhedin);R v Mohamed (Wahbi); RvAbdurahman (Ismail); R vFardosa (Abdullahi). J. Crim. L.2009, 73(2), 132-136.


BenMiddleton, Control order hearings: compliance with Article 6ECHR. Secretary of State of theHome Department v F [2008] EWCA Civ 1148 J. Crim. L. 2009, 73(1),21-25.


Ben Middleton, Modifyingcontrol orders: illuminating the borderline, Secretaryof State for the Home Department v AP [2008] EWHC 2001 (Admin). J. Crim. L.2008, 72(6), 476-481.


Ben Middleton, Jury directions: interpreting s.57 and s.58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Rv Malik [2008] EWCA Crim1450. J.Crim. L. 2008, 72(5), 349-353.


Ben Middleton, Terrorism Act2000: seeking deproscription. Secretary of State for the Home Departmentv Lord Alton of Liverpool and Others [2008] EWCA Civ 443 J. Crim. L.2008, 72(4), 270-274.


BenMiddleton, Terrorism-related documents: defining the ambit ofs.58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. R v K[2008] EWCA Crim 185 J. Crim. L. 2008, 72(2), 102-105.


Ben Middleton,Immigration Act 1971: reviewing detention pending deportation, R (Q) v Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment [2006] EWHC 2690 J. Crim.L. 2007, 71(3), 194-200.


Ben Middleton, Control orders:out of control? Crim.Law 2007, 173, 3-5.


Ben Middleton, Last stand for control orders under thePrevention of Terrorism Act 2005?, Secretaryof State for the Home Department v AL  [2007] EWHC 1970 (Admin) Crim. Law. 2007,175, 3-4.