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Dr Emma Laurie LLB, PhD

Associate Professor in Law

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LLB (Hons); PhD.

Research interests

My research interests are principally in residential tenancies, social security and, more broadly, administrative justice. I am particularly interested in researching the interaction between law and policy, both the initial creation of the law and subsequently when the courts adjudicate areas of law (such as social housing) which have a highly political context.

My recent research (with my colleague Professor Sarah Nield) explored whether tenants in the private rented sector should benefit from human rights protections (S Nield & E Laurie, The private-public divide and horizontality in the English rental sector. (2019) Public Law 724-745.

I have also recently completed a paper which argues that the courts have diluted the standard of review for appeals by homeless people. My main point is that Parliament has given the courts the duty to oversee the lawfulness of homelessness decision-making and there is no justification for the courts diminishing that function. (E Laurie, ‘Homelessness and the ‘over-judicialisation’ of welfare’ Legal Studies (forthcoming).

I am the Digest editor for The Journal of Social Security Law. I am also a member of the Academic Panel of the Administrative Justice Council ( – the body given responsibility for oversight of the administrative justice system in the UK. 

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I teach a third year option called Renting Homes: Law and Policy which is based on my research interests. I also teach contract law.

I have supervised to successful completion a number of PhD students and I would welcome hearing from students who are interested in undertaking research in the field of housing law (in the private rented or social rented sectors) or within administrative justice more broadly.

Dr Emma Laurie
Southampton Law School Building 4 University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK Email:

Room Number NNN: 4/4007

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