Mark James graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds before completing the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He began his academic career in 1994 at Anglia Polytechnic University with his PhD research on the role of consent and the criminal law in the regulation of sports injury disputes. This work focussed on the appropriateness of using the criminal law instead of governing bodies' disciplinary tribunals as a means of punishing violent play.
Mark was Course Director for LLM programmes at MMU and Associate Head (Research) and Acting Head of School at Salford Law School before joining Northumbria University School of Law in September 2013. He has maintained his teaching interests in sports law criminal law and torts whilst developing his research as one of UK's leading sports lawyers.
He has published extensively on a range of sports law topics, including in particular the use of the criminal law to punish on-field violence, the regulation of football supporters and the policing of football-related disorder and the criminalisation of public space around sporting mega-event venues, especially the Olympic Games.
More about Professor Mark James on the Northumbria University website.