Staff Profile

  • LLB (Hons)

    Kirstie graduated from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1992, and worked at the University of Birmingham before taking up a post here in 1997.

    Her teaching interests primarily relate to human rights, particularly how the law attempts to resolve conflicts between different interests. For example, the conflict between the human rights of individuals in areas such as the corporal punishment of children and breach of confidence. She also looks at the conflict between the individual and State interests in areas such as nationality and citizenship, and the anti-terrorism law and conflicts between States in relation to the use of international law to address human rights breaches.

    Kirstie has presented papers and published on the competing interests of national security and individual rights. She’s a member of the Academic Advisory Team for the Radicalism and New Media research group, which is part of the School of Social Sciences.

    As well as her role in coordinating the Law courses, she also sits on the School Learning and Teaching Committee. She has a particular interest in widening access to university and in enhancing learning and teaching through different modes of delivery. Since 2009, she’s been a board member for the Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council.

  • Undergraduate:

    • Child Law
    • Civil Liberties & Human Rights
    • European & International Human Rights
    • Immigration, Nationality & Asylum Law


    • Legal Context for Child & Adolescent Mental Health
    • European & International Human Rights
    • National Security, Terrorism & the Rule of Law
  • The balance between national security and human rights, the law on nationality (particularly deprivation of citizenship), equal access to higher education.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Kirstie Best’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.