I am a Lecturer in Law specialising in Media Law and Criminal Law. I have been a member of the School of Law at the University of Reading since September 2019. Prior to this, I was a practising barrister specialising in privacy, defamation and reputation management, having been Called to Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 2007 as a Lord Denning Scholar and Hardwicke Entrance Scholar. I have also held a Senior Lectureship in Law at Aston University, where I taught Media Law and Criminal Law. Whilst at Aston I held a number of academic management and administrative positions relating to research and teaching, including the LLB Course Directorship from 2014 to 2017, and managing the Law School's employability initiatives.
My primary research interests are: (i) citizen journalism's impact on free speech, media freedom and regulation and the concepts of privacy and reputation; (ii) defamation and the protection of corporate reputation; (iii) media power and plurality, the role the media plays within society and its impact on democracy. My work in these areas has been published in leading journals such as Legal Studies, the University of Melbourne's Media & Arts Law Review, the Journal of Business Law, the Journal of European Tort Law and Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, amongst others. It has been referred to by the Scottish Law Commission and has been used by IMPRESS (the Press Recognition Panel’s approved regulator of the UK press) to inform its work on press regulation. I write for practitioner and media outlets, such as the New Law Journal, The Independent, The Conversation and Inforrm, and I am regularly invited to speak to the media, at conferences and to give guest lectures to academics, non-academics and policy makers.
My research led to me being invited to join the Information Law and Policy Centre at the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies as a Research Associate in May 2018.
Since August 2019 I have been Editor-in-Chief of Communications Law (Bloomsbury), one of the leading specialist journals devoted to media and technology law. I am also the author of the 'In Brief' section of the journal. Prior to taking over the Editorship of the journal I was a member of its Editorial Board. Additionally, I sit on the Editorial Board of the leading European Media Law journal, In Medias Res (Wolters Kluwer).
I am an Academic Associate Member of East Anglian Chambers, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars.
Rob Kahn is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he teaches classes in Lawyering Skills, Lawyering Skills for LLMs, and Privacy Law. He has a JD from New York University, and a PhD in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. His 2004 book Holocaust Denial and the Law: A Comparative Study (Palgrave 2004) examines Holocaust denial litigation through the lens of comparative criminal procedure. Kahn has also published articles on cross burning in the United States, European bans of Islamic clothing, the defamation of religions debate, and memory laws. Kahn is currently working on a book length manuscript comparing face veil bans in Europe to mask bans in the United States.
Petra Lea Láncos (LLM, PhD, habil.) graduated from Pázmány Péter Catholic University in 2003. Before obtaining her PhD, she was a junior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law and Public International Law (Heidelberg) in 2006-2007. She is an associate professor at the Department of European Law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest) since 2009. In 2013 she was junior research fellow of the Donau-Institut at the Andrássy Universität in Budapest. Between 2016-2019, she was a research fellow at the Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung (Speyer). Besides her academic career, she worked at the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights (2013-2014), at the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (2015-2016), and currently she works at the Constitutional Court of Hungary (since 2019). Petra Láncos has been working as a freelance interpreter for the EU institutions since 2011. Her research interests are language rights, legislation and codification in EU law and EU soft law. She has been working as an Editor of the Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law since its establishment in 2013.
Zsolt Ződi graduated as a lawyer in 1991. Between 1991 and 1996 he worked as a lecturer in the Law School, University of Miskolc. He left the academia, and joined Wolters Kluwer, a multinational commercial publisher, where he was editor, then publisher, and publishing director, responsible for a mixed portfolio of print and electronic (online) products. In 2010 he returned to the academia, and earned a PhD in law. Zsolt is the author of 2 and editor of 3 further books, and the author of more than 60 articles. His field of interest covers regulatory problems of information society, and particularly platforms and artificial intelligence, quantitative and network research in legal texts, public sector information reuse, and law and language studies. His latest book and articles are dealing with the regulatory challenges of platforms, robots and Big Data.
Most important English language publications
1. The limits of plain legal language: understanding the comprehensible style in law
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW IN CONTEXT 15 pp. 246-262. , 17 p. (2019)
2. Law and Legal Science in the Age of Big Data, INTERSECTIONS, EAST EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIETY AND POLITICS, Vol 3 No 2 (2017) DOI: https://doi.org/10.17356/ieejsp.v3i2.324,
3. Citations of Previous Decisions, and the Quality of Judicial Reasoning ACTA JURIDICA HUNGARICA: HUNGARIAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES 2015:(2-3) pp. 129-148. (2015)
4. Analysis of Citation Patterns of Hungarian Judicial Decisions: Is Hungarian Legal System Really Converging to Case Laws?: Results of a Computer Based Citation Analysis of Hungarian Judicial Decisions; SSRN ELECTRONIC JOURNAL (SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH NETWORK) 2014:(0224) pp. 1-27. (2014)
Balázs Bartóki-Gönczy is an assistant professor of the National University of Public Service teaching digital platform regulation and electronic communication law. Prior to that he has been director of finance and legal affairs of a Hungarian medium size company and handled some key policy projects of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority of Hungary (NRA), including the digital switchover and being a mandated expert of the BEREC’S expert working groups on net neutrality and over-the-top services. He has an LL.M. in Telecommunications and space law from Université Paris-Saclay, France an MBA from Lyon School of Management, as well as a PhD Degree in Law from Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary (Regulation of online intermediaires).
Dr. András Koltay has been a lecturer at Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law and Political Sciences in Budapest, Hungary since 2002. In 2018 he was appointed as professor of law. From 2018, he is the rector and professor of the National University of Public Service.
He received LL.M. degree in public law at the University College London in 2006, and PhD degree in law at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in 2008. He attended the human rights course of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg in 2003.
His principal research has been concerned with freedom of speech, personality rights and media regulations, but he also deals with other constitutional questions. He is the author of more than 300 publications, and numerous monographs on freedom of speech; in English: Freedom of Speech – the Unreachable Mirage (Wolters Kluwer 2013), The Troubled Relationship between Religions and the State. Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion (Whitelocke 2017) and New Media and Freedom of Expression (Hart 2019). He was a speaker in more than 100 conferences in several countries.
Paul Bernal is Associate Professor in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law in the Univeristy of East Anglia School of Law. His background is unusual for a legal academic. His first degree was in mathematics, at Cambridge University, 20 years ago, and he is a qualified Chartered Accountant. For over 20 years he worked as an auditor, in finance for big companies in the City, done pioneering work in the early days of the internet, including setting up and running the first online real-time education system for children to operate in the UK, and been finance director of a charity dealing with mental health and criminal justice.
That lead him to the study of human rights law - his PhD at the LSE concerned the interaction between human rights and internet privacy and in particular, the commercial gathering and use of personal data - particularly by organisations like Google and Facebook - and how that use affects our lives, and will increasingly affect our lives in the future. This has become his speciality - he has published three books (two monographs with Cambridge University Press, and a short, accessible book with Sage) as well as many articles on all aspect of the subject.