Welcome to Lex Ferenda (‘the law as it ought to be’, approximately), which is my blog. I’m Daithí Mac Síthigh and I am a member of the academic staff at Newcastle University. I have two roles at the University – I am the associate dean for research and innovation in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a Reader in the Newcastle Law School, where I do my research and teaching. I am also a member of a multi-institutional research centre, CREATe, which is based at the University of Glasgow.
This blog has been on the go since early 2006, and was relaunched in 2017. My focus is media and Internet law, particularly (a) providing links and quick comments to new stories, cases and developments and (b) publishing extracts from work in progress and first-thoughts on academic research. I also post some comments about my university work more generally. You can also follow me on Twitter: @macsithigh, where I post more frequent updates by way of links to stories, cases and the like.
I am originally from Co. Wicklow, in Ireland; I lived in Dublin for some years. I studied at Trinity College Dublin, doing a degree in Law, followed by a doctoral thesis (supervised by Dr. Eoin O’Dell, who blogs at cearta.ie). I came to the UK in 2008, for a job at the University of East Anglia, where I taught and supervised undergraduate students in Law and postgraduate students on a number of programmes, particularly the LLM in Media Law, Policy and Practice and the interdisciplinary module on Media and Society. Then, from 2012-2014, I was Lecturer in Digital Media Law at the University of Edinburgh, and its well-known SCRIPT Centre. I taught courses in telecoms law, e-commerce law and entertainment law, including on Edinburgh’s online eLLM, and contributed to other courses (mostly in the field of public law).
I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Society for Computers and Law, co-editor of the Dublin University Law Journal, book reviews editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, and a member of the editorial board of Communications Law. I am currently an external examiner at the University of Leeds, Queen Mary University of London, and the University of Sunderland, and a member of the Advisory Board to the Information Law & Policy Centre . I was convenor for media and communications law in the Society of Legal Scholars from 2011-2014, and co-edited special editions of the journal SCRIPT-ed in 2013 and 2014 and the Journal of Media Law in 2015. I am a panelist for the UDRP dispute resolution mechanism for Internet domain names, provided by the Czech Arbitration Court. Finally, I am a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College and the Irish Research Council’s Outer and Inner Assessment Boards.