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Thomas Phillips

School of Law

Faculty of Business and Law

Dr Thomas Phillips joined LJMU's Law School in August 2018. He teaches on a variety of modules across undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including Public Law, Public International Law, Democracy & Human Rights, and Criminal Law. Prior to joining LJMU, Thomas was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Liverpool, where he taught undergraduate Public Law and Criminal Law.

Thomas has a particular interest in the rights of Kurdish populations residing in Turkey, Iraq and Syria. He has spoken on that subject at several conferences, including the first ever international conference held at the University of Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He has also published scholarly work on the subject in edited books and international journals. More broadly, Thomas' research interests lie in the fields of Human Rights Law, Public International Law, and Minority Rights.


2020, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, PhD
2014, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom, PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education)
2011, The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, LLM
2010, The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, LLB

Academic appointments

Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Law and Social Justice, The University of Liverpool, 2014 - 2018

Internet publication

Phillips T. 2023. The Implications of the UK's Asylum Policy Defeat Author Url Publisher Url

Phillips T. 2019. Turkey's Local Elections Were Not Free of Fair Author Url Publisher Url


Phillips T, Almonte MP. 2021. The Kurdish Ecology Movement and Human Rights Hunt S. Ecological Solidarity in the Kurdish Freedom Movement: Thought, Practice and Challenges Lexington Books. Maryland

Phillips T, Turkut E. 2020. Non-discrimination, minority rights and self-determination: Turkey’s post-coup state of emergency and the position of Turkey’s Kurds Aydin H, Langley W. Human Rights in Turkey: Assaults on Human Dignity :109-129 Springer DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Phillips T. 2019. Democratic Confederalism in Syria: The Nation-State, the Kurds, and International Law Aktoprak E, Akbulut O. Minority Self-Government in Europe and the Middle East: From Theory to Practice :201-227 Brill Public Url

Journal article

Phillips T. 2020. The (In-)Validity of Turkey's Reservation to Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 27 :66-93 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Phillips T. The Contradictions of the UK Human Rights Act Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, 8 Public Url

Conference presentation:

The Need for a Political Solution to the Kurdish Question, International Conference on Political Prisoners in Turkey: Where Goes the Path of Freedom and Peace, The European Parliament, Brussels, Oral presentation. 2024

Media Coverage:

BBC Radio Kent Interview 2022

BBC Radio 5 Live interview 2022