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Imagine a world without law
with Professor Thom Brooks from Durham University

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Can you imagine a world without law? Is it obvious what constitutes a crime? Law is a system of rules created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behaviour. Law is fundamental in society. Law is the “art of justice.”

Professor Thom BrooksDurham UniversityLaw

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1. An introduction to Law at Durham
2. The Constitution
3. Criminal Law
4. Legal philosophy
5. Environmental Law

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Durham University
Durham University
Durham University

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other. Consistently in the World Top 100 universities, Durham offers over 330 undergraduate and postgraduate courses across 17 colleges in a distinctive collegiate system. Over 130 countries are represented in Durham's staff and student bodies, creating a diverse social and academic community, and Durham is very highly ranked for employer reputation too. Durham is a fantastic choice for a dedicated student!

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Professor Thom Brooks

Thom Brooks is an award-winning author, columnist, policy advisor and public speaker. He is Professor of Law and Government at Durham Law School where he was the inaugural and longest serving Dean 2016-21, as well as an Associate Member of Durham University's Philosophy Department and School of Government & International Affairs. Brooks appears frequently on television, radio and in print media as a highly sought after commentator and expert. His general research interests are in ethics, law and public policy.

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