Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Tom Bennett

Lecturer in Law

Background

Tom joined Newcastle Law School in February 2014. His principal field of research concerns the manner in which judges elaborate the common law (particularly in tort), and the relationship between common law development, legal practice and imagination. His work has, in recent years, focused on the right to privacy across the common law world. As well as the law relating to privacy, Tom also has a broad doctrinal interest in defamation and reputation management, and a general interest in domestic and European human rights law, the overlap between human rights and tort law, and in particular the courts' adjudicative method in cases involving the human rights of children.

Tom holds degrees from Newcastle University (LL.B (Hons)) and City University (LL.M (Distinction)). He was called to the Bar in 2009 (Inner Temple), following which he elected to pursue an academic career and commenced part-time study for a Ph.D with Durham University, on which he is currently working.

Research

Tom's principal field of research concerns the manner in which judges elaborate the common law (particularly in tort), and the relationship between common law development, legal practice and imagination. His work has, in recent years, focused on the right to privacy across the common law world. As well as the law relating to privacy, Tom also has a broad doctrinal interest in defamation and reputation management, and a general interest in domestic and European human rights law, the overlap between human rights and tort law, and in particular the courts' adjudicative method in cases involving the human rights of children.

Tom's is currently conducting research into the relevance of imagination to the development of the common law on an interdisciplinary basis, and would welcome contact from those with an academic interest in imagination (from any discipline) who might be interested in opportunities for collaboration. 

Teaching

Tom currently teaches on LAW1110 Legal Institutions and Method, LAW1054 Introduction to Business Law and LAW2161 General Principles of Tort.

Publications