Dr Norton’s research is primarily focused on public law and legal theory. She is interested in civil liberties (particularly religious freedom, freedom of association, and freedom of expression), cultural minority rights, gender and the law, discrimination law, and normative legal philosophy. She is particularly concerned with examining how the liberal state ought to respond to claims of cultural groups that are inconsistent with liberal norms and how the state ought to regulate those intermediary groups that sit between the individual and the state. She is also interested in the regulation of charitable trusts.
She recently received her doctorate in law, for which she wrote on the extent to which the law should apply to religious organisations, examining in particular the exceptions granted to religious organisations from the Equality Act 2010 and the operation of religious tribunals in family matters.
She is currently working on projects examining judicial resolution of church property disputes, the regulation of charities for the advancement of religion, and the regulation of religious tribunals.