University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Dr Kirsty Hughes

Clare College

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


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. 

Lecturing & Supervising

Publication 2925 Dimensions of Privacy: Privacy Theory and Article 8 ECHR (Hart Publishing (forthcoming 2015).)

Publisher Hart Publishing (forthcoming 2015).
Published Apr 2015
Book Chapters
Book Reviews
Case Notes

Publication 2998 "Written evidence on privacy and injunctions" (Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions, Nov 2011)

Body/Insitution Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions
Published Nov 2011
Co Authors Lord Grabiner QC
Conference Papers