UEA Law School has recently advertised two full-time indefinite posts in the areas of media, IT or IP law. See further details and download the Further Particulars Brochure here.

The posts (at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level) are available from April 2011 or afterwards, with applications due by 19th November and interviews due to take place on 9th December. (There are also two positions available in commercial law, but I’m not going to discuss them in this post).

As you might imagine, this advertisement is of particular interest to me, as I work across all of these areas. The two posts stem from a number of exciting developments, and I have high hopes that we will attract high quality applicants. In terms of research, UEA is developing an interdisciplinary centre for the study of media, media@uea, and the Law School has a new research grouping for media and IP (and related) law within the School itself, which I will convene. There’s also a strong link between this work and that of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy at UEA. In the world of teaching, the LLM in Media Law, Policy and Practice is now in its third year (highest numbers yet), and the longer-running LLM in IT & IP Law will return in September 2011 after a brief absence. Those appointed to these posts will be involved in all of this and more. As the ad says, preference will be given for one post to someone with knowledge of copyright law.

Both posts are what UEA calls ATR (academic, teaching and research) positions, which means that there is an expectation of high-quality research including a significant submission for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) – with around 40 of time spent on research and the balance on teaching and other activities.  Some of the topics that we’re working on at the moment include (taken from the brochure) the development of English defamation and privacy law, enforcement of intellectual property law in European and international law, passing off, the relationship between public service broadcasting and competition policy, the impact of criminal law on artistic expression, and the regulation of new media such as computer games and social networking sites.  Very diverse, with great potential for interdisciplinary work.  You can see why I’m enjoying this so much!

We’re already teaching a lot of law in these areas, but plan to add even more options.  At undergrad level, we have three modules: intellectual property law, Internet law, and media/entertainment/sports law.  The undergraduate curriculum is being relaunched (see the dedicated LLB Law site here) which will mean more choices for students and the incorporation of skills training.  At postgrad level, current modules include Media Markets & Regulation, Globalisation of Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Aspects of Media Law and Technology Transfer.

I’m very happy to share my experiences about working at UEA and living in Norwich, if you think that you might be interested in joining us. Just email me (details under ‘contacts’, above). You can also contact the Head of School, Prof. Alastair Mullis, to discuss these vacancies and the commercial law posts too.