Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Ben Farrand

Reader in Law & Emerging Technologies

Background

PhD in Law (European University Institute); MSc Political Research (University of Strathclyde); LLM in Comparative, European, and International Laws (European University Institute); LLM in Commercial Law (University of Sheffield); LLB in European, International and Comparative Law (University of Sheffield).

Ben joined the Newcastle University Law School in April 2019, having previously been an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick School of Law from September 2015, and Lecturer for Intellectual Property Law and Policy at the University of Strathclyde from April 2012. His research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the interactions between law and politics in the regulation of new technologies, ranging from digital copyright to controlling the transfer of counterfeit goods across uncertain borders.  He has published the book 'Networks of Power in Digital Copyright Law and Policy: Political Salience, Expertise and the Legislative Process' in 2014, which was subsequently published as a paperback at the end of September 2015. He has published in journals such as the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Intellectual Property Quarterly, the Journal of Common Market Studies, European Security and Crime, Law and Social Change.  Ben is currently a coordinator of the UACES Research Network 'Communicating Europe', which brings together scholars in law, politics, international relations, sociology and communications in order to better understand the ways in which the values and policies of the EU are legitimised and challenged by different political actors.

Ben is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Academic Studies. In 2016, he was awarded Erasmus Jean Monnet Module funding to run courses in European Intellectual Property and Policy-Making.  He welcomes applications from perspective PhD students in fields of law and technology governance.

Research

Research overview

Ben's research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the interactions between law and politics in the regulation of new technologies, ranging from digital copyright to controlling the transfer of counterfeit goods across uncertain borders.  He has published the book 'Networks of Power in Digital Copyright Law and Policy: Political Salience, Expertise and the Legislative Process' in 2014, which was subsequently published as a paperback at the end of September 2015. He has published in journals such as the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Intellectual Property Quarterly, the Journal of Common Market Studies, European Security and Crime, Law and Social Change.  Ben is currently a coordinator of the UACES Research Network 'Communicating Europe', which brings together scholars in law, politics, international relations, sociology and communications in order to better understand the ways in which the values and policies of the EU are legitimised and challenged by different political actors.

Awards and funding

  • (2018) UACES Research Network: - £5,000 for organization of UACES Research Network ‘Communicating Europe’, with University of Newcastle, University of Coimbra, University of Amsterdam

  • (2016) Erasmus Programme, Jean Monnet Module: - €30,000 for running of two postgraduate modules on European Union Intellectual Property Law and Policy (principal investigator)

  • (2015) Society for Legal Scholars Small Projects Fund: - £750 for organization of Crisis and Innovation workshop and PhD colloquium (principal investigator)

  • (2015) UACES Small Grants Fund: - £1,000 for organization of Crisis and Innovation workshop (co-investigator)

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching for 2019/2020 academic year to be confirmed.

Teaching awards

  • (2019) Warwick Law School Student Awards - Best Second Year Module
  • (2015) Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards 2015 – Best Overall Teacher
  • (2014-2015) Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship for 5 LLM students to participate in the LLM in Internet Law and Policy
  • (2013-2014) Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship for 5 LLM students to participate in the LLM in Internet Law and Policy


Publications