Dr Noel McGuirk

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


Noel’s current research interests are broadly spread across two areas of interest: legal education and human rights law.

Noel’s legal education scholarship focuses on investigating student wellbeing at university. Noel has written a number of papers on embedding inclusivity in a law curriculum by developing a set of curriculum design principles to support student wellbeing. This research has been undertaken against the contemporary context of changes in the routes to professional legal qualification, and the consequences of the pandemic on higher education. Currently, this project is undertaking empirical research involving law students to begin identifying and understanding contemporary student wellbeing needs at university.

Noel also has an interest in public 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 first monograph was published in February 2021 (in hardback) and August 2022 (in softback) which is titled: ‘Terrorist Profiling and Law Enforcement: Detection, Prevention and Deterrence’. Noel developed a highly original reading of criminal profiling methodologies to create a framework to understand terrorist profiling as well as being able to assess the lawfulness of terrorist profiling.

Noel joined the editorial team of Prof Michael Doherty’s textbook Public Law now in its 3rd edition. This is a comprehensive pedagogically focused textbook, that is written in a clear style, accessible tone, and focuses on modern case law help bring the subject to life.

Noel is currently co-editor with Dr Dan Jasinski (University of Northampton) of a forthcoming text, ‘Citizens, the State and Justice’ due for publication in 2025 with Routledge. This text is an innovative text capturing the unique nature of the relationship between citizen, state and justice.

Noel is also an Executive Committee Member of the Association of Law Teachers and has a passion for supporting Early Career Academics.

  • Security Lancaster
  • Security Lancaster (Policing)
  • Security Lancaster (Policy, Law and Ethics)