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Defamation, Privacy & Reputation Management
December 2023

Gavin Phillipson
Professor of Law at Bristol University


Phillipson has held a Chair in Law since January 2007 and moved from Durham University to Bristol in 2019. He is also a qualified solicitor. He has published widely in in top law journals in the UK, Australia, Canada and the US and is co-author of the leading text Media Freedom under the Human Rights Act (2006, OUP), with Fenwick. His work has been cited in judgments by the High Court, Court of Appeal, former House of Lords and Supreme Court in the UK, by the New Zealand Court of Appeal and by the Media Lawyer’s Association intervening before the European Court of Human Rights in Von Hannover v Germany (no 2) (2012). His evidence on free speech issues has been cited by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions and Joint Committee on Human Rights; the Law Commission discussed his evidence in its 2014 Report on Abusive and Offensive Online Communications. He held an Academic Parliamentary Fellowship in the House of Commons Library 2018-19, working on the constitutional aspects of Brexit and his work has been cited extensively in parliamentary reports in both Houses on reforming the Fixed-term Parliaments Act and control of war powers. He was the academic member of the Ministry of Justice Working Group on Libel (2010), drafted parts of its report and his evidence on the Defamation Bill to the Joint Committee on Human Rights was heavily cited in the Committee’s Report (Dec 2012) and influenced its conclusions. He recently gave oral evidence to the Justice Committee on the Bill of Rights Bill 2022. He has national and internatiol media experience including in the Telegraph, Sunday Times, Guardian, BBC News and Radio 4, Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, Norway’s Al Posten, and Denmark’s Politikein. He is a highly experienced supervisor, having supervised 12 PGRs to completion (2 AHRC-funded) and examined 13 PhDs as external in the UK and overseas. 

Agenda Sessions

  • Charting developments in privacy law