Twitter: if you’re a law student and you’re not using it…why? It’s one of the most invaluable forms of social networking that a law student can use! As a fresher or even a final year student this is a tool that will help you find information quickly and fast and will also help when you’re looking for lecturers who specialise in that area of law that you desperately want to study. So, who are the top 10 lecturers to follow on Twitter? These are my favourite top 10 who are a pleasure to follow and discuss legal issues with. You should follow them too!
So who are the top 10 lecturers to follow on Twitter? These are my favourite top 10…
1. Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK)
Paul specialises in IT, Intellectual Property, and Media Law, with research centering on the Internet, Privacy and Data Protection (particularly in reference to social media). Paul’s tweets include comments on current cases going through the judicial process and current issues relating to privacy. He also participates regularly in a privacy talk amongst fellow Twitter users and frequently blogs about privacy issues.
2. Chris Newman (@chrisnewman1972)
Chris is a reader in law and specialises in: Space Law, Public Law, and Public Order. He researches issues regarding the exploitation of space for military purposes, the commercialisation of space and the legal implications of these issues, alongside issues relating to Public Law and order. Chris’s research has taken him all over the world to present papers on these topics and those relating to them. Regularly tweeting about space shuttle launches and the murky legal area surrounding space tourism and its legality, Chris’s feed is fantastic for those interested in space or who want to learn more about an area not well studied on an LLB programme.
3. Chris Ashford (@lawandsexuality)
Chris is a professor in law who specialises in ‘Law and Society’, researching legal education, and Law and Sexuality. Chris also sits on various legal education committees and societies, and regularly live tweets from legal conferences. Chris is recognised worldwide for his research into legal issues relating to LGBT and was voted 26 in the top 50 tweeters who have influenced LBGT lives in 2011. An avid tweeter, Chris regularly tweets about legal issues faced in the LGBT community and also about changing views of society.
Chris is recognised worldwide for his research into legal issues relating to LGBT and was voted 26 in the top 50 tweeters who have influenced LBGT lives in 2011.
4. David Mead (@seethingMead)
David is a professor in law specialising in Protest, Policing, Public Law and UK Human Rights. Having written many articles on these subjects and a book in 2010 on the law on peaceful protest, David is also a recognised as an expert on Protest Law (both UK and ECHR). David both tweets and retweets articles of interest by other academics and regularly tweets updates regarding these areas.
5. Ben Fitzpatrick (@ben_fitzp)
Ben is a lecturer specialising in Criminal Law and Justice alongside Legal Philosophy, teaching both undergraduate and post graduate students. He is currently researching about covert policing and the rules of evidence in criminal trials. Ben’s tweets are fantastic for anyone new to criminal law and with keeping up with the changes to criminal justice.
6. Fiona De Londras (@fdelond)
As Human Rights cover all aspects of law, Fiona deals with many areas including Counter Terrorism and International Law.
Fiona is a professor in law specialising in Human Rights and Constitutional Law. She is also heavily involved with all things human rights including founding a ‘Human Rights in Ireland’ blog, writing a book (due to be published), and also researching and teaching within the area itself. As human rights cover all aspects of law, Fiona deals with many areas including Counter Terrorism and International Law. Fiona’s tweets are very diverse, but cover very interesting topics that are of use to law students of all stages.
7. Jessica Guth (@Jess_Guth)
Jessica is a senior lecturer with interests in EU Law, Employment Law and legal education. Jessica also frequently live tweets from academic conferences giving students an insight into how the area of academia is changing and also how legal education is adapting to the changing world. Jessica tweets about current issues within the world of employment and EU law and is a fantastic feed to follow for anyone interested in these areas.
8. Matthew J Homewood (@mjhomewood)
Matthew is also a principal lecturer in EU Law and researches the tort of negligence. Often tweeting about EU Law and its ever changing stance. Matthew’s account provides a good insight into the frequent changes between the UK and the EU and helps clear the foggy confusion that can sometimes occur when the words ‘European Union’ are mentioned to law students.
9. Rebecca Huxley-Binns (@bexhuxbinns)
Rebecca is a professor in Legal Education and is on several committees regarding legal education and teaching. Regularly tweeting about all aspects of law, Rebecca also regularly live tweets from conferences and meetings regarding legal education and is a must for anyone wanting to keep up with the fast paced world of academia.
10. And finally…
And finally.. Your own law school’s lecturers! Most of them won’t mind you ‘following’ them.
All these lecturers are fantastic at what they do and there are so many more academics, lawyers and legal accounts on Twitter that are all very informative and are great at keeping anyone interested in law up-to-date.