Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Tom Bennett

Lecturer in Law

Background

Tom joined Newcastle Law School in February 2014. His principal field of research is tort law and theory, with a particular interest in the judicial development of the right to privacy at common law. He has published work on legal developments concerning privacy and defamation, and has a broad interest in media law and reputation management generally.

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.

Tom is one of the Law School's Careers Liaison Officers (along with James Upcher) and is the current Sponsorships Officer.

Research

Tom's current research focuses on the judicial development of the right to privacy at common law. He has published work on developments in tort law concerning privacy and defamation, and has a broad interest in media law and reputation management generally.

His research focuses on judicial method and he is currently working on an account of the relevance of imagination to the development of the common law. Tom also has a general interest in domestic and European human rights law, the overlap between human rights and tort law, and in particular courts' adjudicative method in cases involving the human rights of children.

Tom is the Deputy Convenor for the Law, Innovation and Society research group at Newcastle.

Teaching

Tom is the module convenor for LAW1054/LAW8142 Introduction to Business Law/Law for Accounting Practice and for LAW3044 Media Law. He also teaches on LAW2161 General Principles of Tort and LAW1110 Legal Institutions and Method.

Publications