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Dr Noel McGuirk

Lecturer in Law - Terrorism and the Law (Teaching & Scholarship)

Noel McGuirk

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 592550

Research overview

Terrorism, counterterrorism, human rights, profiling, international law, public and administrative law.

PhD supervision

Noel is interested in supervising potential PhD students in any of the following areas: terrorism and counterterrorism law, security law, international law and human rights law. Please feel free to get in touch if you have an idea you would like to discuss.


Noel’s research interests broadly focus on the relationship between terrorism, counterterrorism and human rights law.  He is particularly interested in analysing legal responses to terrorism that have been adopted by various countries to assist in managing the prevailing threat of terrorism.  Noel’s PhD conducted a taxonomy of terrorist profiling by examining the issues arising from the use of profiling methods to predict/identify likely terrorist characteristics as part of the process of deterring and detecting terrorism threats.


Noel has finished writing his first monograph which is titled: ‘Terrorist Profiling and Law Enforcement: Detection, Prevention and Deterrence’'. It was published by Routledge in February 2021.  This work examines the use of profiling methods and techniques by law enforcement officers in the prevention, detection and prosecution of those engaged in terrorism and/or its associated preparatory activities.  


Noel has a particular interest in scholarship on teaching approaches that can be adopted in law to help create stimulating learning experiences for undergraduate and postgraduate students.  He has always been keen to develop innovative teaching and assessment practices that challenge students to engage with not only the theory of law but also its operation in practice.

Current Teaching

English Legal System

Human Rights and Civil Liberties

International Terrorism and the Law

Additional Information

Noel is the Year Tutor for third year students, a member of the Faculty Courses Committee and he is also a member of County College.

Noel is also a Senior Fellow at Advance HE.

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