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kh391@cam.ac.uk
Ph.D. LL.M. (Distinction); BVC; LL.B. (First Class Honours)
University Lecturer in Public Law; Fellow of Clare College; Director of Studies; Admissions Tutor; Deputy Director of the LLM

Interests

Dr Hughes welcomes applications from potential PhD students. She is particularly interested in applications from students pursuing projects relating to human rights law and theory and european human rights, as well as privacy, protest, free speech, pornography, surveillance and photography. 

CV / Biography

Dr Kirsty Hughes is a University Lecturer in Public Law. She is also a Fellow at Clare College where she is a Director of Studies. She lectures and supervises students in Civil Liberties and Human Rights, European Human Rights Law, Public Law, Law and Information, Constitutional Law and Administrative Law, and is course convenor for the European Human Rights Law paper. She is currently supervising doctoral and masters theses on a range of public law and human rights topics.

Her research interests are in the fields of human rights, public law and media law, and her research employs a range of interdisciplinary, theoretical, comparative and doctrinal approaches. She is particularly interested in the law of privacy, surveillance, photographs, free speech, hate speech and protest.

Her research has been published in leading journals including the Modern Law Review, Law Quarterly Review and the Cambridge Law Journal. Her 2012 article in the Modern Law Review was awarded the Wedderburn Prize (in honour of Lord Wedderburn of Charlton). Her 2011 article in the Law Quarterly Review was cited in the Court of Appeal in Independent Trustee Services Ltd v GP Noble Trustees Ltd & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 195, and her submissions to the Joint Select Committee on Privacy and Injunctions (co-authored with Lord Grabiner QC) were relied upon in the Joint Committee's Report Privacy and Injunctions (March 2012). She has also contributed to national and international media coverage on the law of privacy, including the BBC, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her forthcoming book Dimensions of Privacy: Privacy Theory and Article 8 European Convention on Human Rights (Hart Publishing) uses privacy theory to critically analyse Article 8 ECHR and vice versa. It provides a comprehensive and thematic account of the privacy protection afforded by Article 8 ECHR and brings together for the first time privacy theory and Article 8 ECHR jurisprudence. In Michaelmas 2013 she was a research fellow at CRASSH, University of Cambridge working on a project concerning the right to protest. In March-April 2014 she was a visiting researcher at UNSW, Faculty of Law. In 2015 she was the recipient of a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant which funded her research at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. 

Prior to taking up a University lectureship, Dr Hughes was the Turpin-Lipstein Lecturer in Law at Clare College from 2009-2013. She had previously completed her doctoral thesis on the right to privacy in the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (supervised by Professor David Feldman QC). During that time she also worked at the Australian Law Reform Commission on the project For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice. In 2005 she held an academic position at the University of Warsaw (Poland), and lectured at universities in Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw and Lublin (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Budapest (Hungary).

Dr Hughes co-directs the International Privacy Law Conference in conjunction with Professor Neil Richards (Washington University), she is also a co-convenor of the Civil Liberties and Human Rights section of the Society for Legal Scholars. 

Publications

 

Books

"Dimensions of Privacy: Privacy Theory and Article 8 ECHR" (Hart Publishing (forthcoming 2015).)

Published:
Apr 2015
Publisher:
Hart Publishing (forthcoming 2015).

Articles

"Publising Photographs Without Consent" (2014) Journal of Media Law 180

Citation:
(2014) Journal of Media Law 180
Published:
Nov 2014

"A Behavioural Understanding of Privacy and its Implications for Privacy Law" (2012) 75(5) Modern Law Review 806.

Citation:
(2012) 75(5) Modern Law Review 806.
Published:
Jul 2012

"Parliament Reports on Privacy and Injunctions" (2012) 4(1) Journal of Media Law 17.

Citation:
(2012) 4(1) Journal of Media Law 17.
Published:
Jun 2012

"The Use, Abuse and Implications of the Draft Judgment Procedure" (2011) 127(4) Law Quarterly Review 565.

Citation:
(2011) 127(4) Law Quarterly Review 565.
Published:
Nov 2011

"Privacy Injunctions - No Obligation to Notify Pre-Publication" (2011) 3(2) Journal of Media Law 179.

Citation:
(2011) 3(2) Journal of Media Law 179.
Published:
Nov 2011

"Post-adoption Photographs: Welfare, Rights and Judicial Reasoning (with Brian Sloan)" (2011) Child & Family Law Quarterly 393.

Co-Author/s:
(with Brian Sloan)
Citation:
(2011) Child & Family Law Quarterly 393.
Published:
Sep 2011

"Balancing Rights and the Margin of Appreciation: Article 10, breach of confidence and success fees" (2011) 3(1) Journal of Media Law 29.

Citation:
(2011) 3(1) Journal of Media Law 29.
Published:
Jun 2011

"No Reasonable Expectation of Anonymity?" (2010) 2(2) Journal of Media Law 169.

Citation:
(2010) 2(2) Journal of Media Law 169.
Published:
Nov 2010

"Photographs in Public Places and Privacy" (2009) 1(2) Journal of Media Law 159.

Citation:
(2009) 1(2) Journal of Media Law 159.
Published:
Nov 2009

Book Chapters

"The Transatlantic Divide on Free Speech and Privacy (with Neil Richards)" in Andrew Kenyon (ed.), Comparative Defamation and Privacy Law (Hart)

Publisher:
Hart
Published Date:
Jan 2015
Co-Author/s:
Andrew Kenyon (ed.)

"The Social Value of Privacy and Article 8 ECHR" in Beate Rossler and Dorota Mokrosinska, Social Dimensions of Privacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Cambridge University Press) (Ed)

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Date:
Nov 2014
Co-Author/s:
Beate Rossler and Dorota Mokrosinska

"Privacy: Theoretical and Legal Issues" in Rosann Greenspan and Kay Levine, International Encyclopedia Social and Behavioural Sciences (Ed)

Published Date:
Jun 2014
Co-Author/s:
Rosann Greenspan and Kay Levine

"The Child's Right to Privacy and Article 8 European Convention on Human Rights" in Michael Freeman, Current Legal Issues: Law and Childhood Studies (Volume 14) (Oxford University Press) (Ed), pp. 456-486

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Pages:
456-486
Published Date:
Mar 2012
Co-Author/s:
Michael Freeman

Book Reviews

The Law of Privacy and the Media [2013] Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal

Published:
Jan 2013

Reflections on Who Believes in Human Rights (2008) 12(1) International Journal of Human Rights 135.

Published:
Sep 2009

Case Notes

The Limits of Freedom of Information and Human Rights, and the Possibilities of the Common Law (2014) 73(3) Cambridge Law Journal 471

Published:
Sep 2014

Judicial Review and Closed Material Procedure in the Supreme Court (2013) 72(3) Cambridge Law Journal 491

Published:
Nov 2013

SKA v CRH, Variation of a Privacy Injunction (2012) Inforrm (The International Forum for Responsible Media)

The Right to Know the Case Against You in Civil Claims (2012) 71(1) Cambridge Law Journal 21.

Published:
Mar 2012

The Abolition of Expert Witness Immunity (2011) 70(3) Cambridge Law Journal 516.

Published:
Sep 2011

Defamation and the Human Rights Act 1998 (2011) 70(2) Cambridge Law Journal 296.

Published:
Jul 2011

Accountants are Not Lawyers: Legal Professional Privilege, Accountants and the Tax Man (2011) 70(1) Cambridge Law Journal 19.

Published:
Jan 2011

Causation: Is it Fair? (2010) 69(2) Cambridge Law Journal 228.

Published:
May 2010

Proportionality not Presumption (2010) 69(1) Cambridge Law Journal 4.

Published:
Mar 2010

Horizontal Privacy (2009) 125(2) Law Quarterly Review 244.

Published:
Apr 2009

Conference Papers

"Locating the Normative Content of Human Rights" (University of Cambridge - Centre for Public Law)

Published:
Nov 2014
Conference:
University of Cambridge - Centre for Public Law

"Exploring the Content of Human Rights" (Travers Smith)

Published:
Jun 2014
Conference:
Travers Smith

"Research-Led Teaching or Teaching-led Research?" (Conference on Teaching of Public Law, City University)

Published:
Jun 2014
Conference:
Conference on Teaching of Public Law, City University

"The Social Dimension of Privacy" (Staff Seminar Series, UNSW, Sydney)

Published:
Apr 2014
Conference:
Staff Seminar Series, UNSW, Sydney

"Exploring the Right to Protest" (UNSW Human Rights Centre)

Published:
Apr 2014
Conference:
UNSW Human Rights Centre

"The Atlantic Divide on Free Speech and Privacy" (Defamation and Privacy Conference, University of Melbourne)

Co-Author/s:
Professor Neil Richards
Published:
Apr 2014
Conference:
Defamation and Privacy Conference, University of Melbourne

"The Role of the Social Value in Human Rights Discourse" (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences)

Published:
Jan 2014
Conference:
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences

"Invited participant, Australian Law Reform Commission Roundtable on a Statutory Cause of Action for Serious Invasions of Privacy" (London)

Published:
Jan 2014
Conference:
London

"Locating the Neglected Right to Protest" (CRASSH, Cambridge)

Published:
Oct 2013
Conference:
CRASSH, Cambridge

"Reclaiming the Normative Content of the Right to Privacy" (International Privacy Law Conference, Cambridge 2013)

Published:
Jul 2013
Conference:
International Privacy Law Conference, Cambridge 2013

"A Principled Approach to Article 8 ECHR" (Human Rights Centre, Durham University)

Published:
May 2013
Conference:
Human Rights Centre, Durham University

"Feminist Critiques and Article 8 ECHR" (Guest speaker, Washington University)

Published:
Jan 2013
Conference:
Guest speaker, Washington University

"Invited participant Fordham University Centre for Information Law and Society Workshop" (Fordham University, New York)

Published:
Jan 2013
Conference:
Fordham University, New York

"Reflecting on Perspectives of Privacy" (Guest speaker, NYU, New York)

Published:
Jan 2013
Conference:
Guest speaker, NYU, New York

"Dimensions of Privacy" (Amsterdam Privacy Conference, Amsterdam)

Published:
Oct 2012
Conference:
Amsterdam Privacy Conference, Amsterdam

"A Behavioural Understanding of Privacy and its Implications for Privacy Law" (Privacy Law Scholars Conference 2012, George Washington University, Washington DC)

Published:
Jun 2012
Conference:
Privacy Law Scholars Conference 2012, George Washington University, Washington DC

"Privacy and Social Interaction" (International Privacy Conference, University of Cambridge)

Published:
Jun 2012
Conference:
International Privacy Conference, University of Cambridge

"Theorising the Right to Privacy" (Goodhart Seminar, University of Cambridge)

Published:
Feb 2012
Conference:
Goodhart Seminar, University of Cambridge

"Invited Participant" (‘Threats to the University, Humanities and Science’ Cambridge, July 2011. Supported by British Academy, Arizona State University and Centre for Public Law, Cambridge. An invitation only workshop on libel reform)

Published:
Jul 2011
Conference:
‘Threats to the University, Humanities and Science’ Cambridge, July 2011. Supported by British Academy, Arizona State University and Centre for Public Law, Cambridge. An invitation only workshop on libel reform

"Invited Participant" (‘Media Ethics Seminar’ Centre for Ethics and Law, UCL, London, April 2011. An invitation only seminar for editors and journalists, media law practitioners, and academics - chaired by the Chair of the Press Complaints Committee)

Published:
May 2011
Conference:
‘Media Ethics Seminar’ Centre for Ethics and Law, UCL, London, April 2011. An invitation only seminar for editors and journalists, media law practitioners, and academics - chaired by the Chair of the Press Complaints Committee

"Dear Judge, Please Reconsider...Binyam Mohamed and the Use, Abuse and Implications of the Draft Judgment Procedure" (Society for Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2010, University of Southampton, Public Law)

Published:
Sep 2010
Conference:
Society for Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2010, University of Southampton, Public Law

"A Theory of the Right to Privacy" (Society for Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2010, University of Southampton, Media Law)

Published:
Sep 2010
Conference:
Society for Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2010, University of Southampton, Media Law

"Children, Privacy and the ECHR" (Law and Childhood Studies, Current Legal Issues Colloquium 2010, University College London)

Published:
Jul 2010
Conference:
Law and Childhood Studies, Current Legal Issues Colloquium 2010, University College London

"A Behavioural Understanding of Privacy as a Right to Respect for Barriers: Introducing Modified Barrier Theory" (Privacy Law Scholars Conference 2010, George Washington University, Washington DC)

Published:
Jun 2010
Conference:
Privacy Law Scholars Conference 2010, George Washington University, Washington DC

"The Uses and Implications of the Draft Judgment Procedure" (Contractual Relations and Dispute Resolution Colloquium in memory of Professor Kurt Lipstein, University of Cambridge)

Published:
May 2010
Conference:
Contractual Relations and Dispute Resolution Colloquium in memory of Professor Kurt Lipstein, University of Cambridge

"21st Century Legal Issues: The Right to Privacy" (UCL Laws Graduate Conference: 21st Century Legal Issues, University College London)

Published:
Oct 2008
Conference:
UCL Laws Graduate Conference: 21st Century Legal Issues, University College London

"How Should Psychology Influence Legal Developments in the Sphere of Privacy?" (The Student I/Revealed I - A Conference on Privacy and Identity, part of the On the Identity Trail Project, University of Ottawa, Canada)

Published:
Oct 2007
Conference:
The Student I/Revealed I - A Conference on Privacy and Identity, part of the On the Identity Trail Project, University of Ottawa, Canada

"Recent Developments in UK Privacy Law" (Society for Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Durham)

Published:
Sep 2007
Conference:
Society for Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Durham

"Privacy in Public Places - A Response to Moreham" (Society for Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Keele University)

Published:
Sep 2006
Conference:
Society for Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Keele University

Reports

Written evidence on privacy and injunctions

Co-Author/s:
Lord Grabiner QC
Published:
Nov 2011
Body / Institution:
Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions