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.
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).