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Daniel Gough

Dr Daniel Gough

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

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Daniel Gough is a Senior Lecturer at the Nottingham Law School. He is course leader for the L7 Solicitor Apprenticeship and deputy course leader for the LLb Distance Learning. Dr Gough is module leader on the range of undergraduate land law modules alongside property management and agency. He is module leader of the final year Mooting module and has worked closely with the Mooters Guild on the provision of extra-curricular Mooting. He teaches on Law of Armed Conflict in line with his PhD research and delivers the Geneva Summer School with a focus on the Laws of Armed Conflict and role of non-state actors including the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU, Daniel Gough completed a Midlands 3 Cities funded PhD titled “The Privatisation of Violence: An Examination of Private Military and Security Contractors and Their Effect on Sovereignty and Fundamental Rights in a Globalised World.” During his PhD he taught on a range of undergraduate modules at BCU School of Law. Prior to commencing his PhD he undertook an internship at the West Texas Regional Defenders for Capital Cases representing a range of death row clients and based on his experience co-authored an article on The Controversy of Clemency and Innocence in America published in the California Western Law Review.

Research areas

Dr Gough's research focuses on Private Military and Security Contractors and the democratic deficit implicit within a private control over coercive violence. His PhD utilised the theories of Hannah Aren’t and Walter Benjamin to investigate the effects of private violence on state power and accountability against the background of Weber’s state monopoly on violence. His current research considers how self-regulation within the PMSC environment can lead to democratic deficit and negatively affect the communities contractors work in. His research has looked at PMSCs operating in a range of complex environments including South and Central America, South East Asia and Africa with a focus on their use by non-state actors including multi-national corporations and the extractive industries.

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