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Laura Higson-Bliss

Lecturer in Law, Keele University

I graduated from Edge Hill University in 2013 with a degree in Law (LL.B Hons) and completed an LL.M by Research in 2016. In 2020, I completed a Ph.D examining the criminal law framework in England and Wales and its application to online abuse. I have extensive expertise in educating young people on the criminal consequences of irresponsible social media usage. I am available for consultations, educational presentations and interviews on a range of aspects related to the misuse of social media, including, though not limited to:

*Hate Speech
*Non-Consensual Imagery (Revenge Porn)
*Aspects of Employment Law and Social Media
*Cyber Harassment and Cyber Stalking
*Social Media Policies
*Freedom of Expression
*Online Harms
*The Online Safety Bill

In addition, alongside other colleagues at Edge Hill University, I have worked with Cheshire Police to help create a teaching scheme for young people on the dangers of legal highs. I am also a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2023, I will be organising an SLS funded one-day conference exploring Contemporary Social and Legal Issues in a Social Media Age.

I am also currently a trustee for Citizens Advice Wigan and sit on the Ethics Committee for Keele University.

Research Interests:
*Social Media and the Law
*Public Law, in particular, Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Rule of Law
*Feminist Jurisprudence
*Human Rights and Policing
*Online Harms
*The Online Safety Bill

*Faculty’s Research Strategy Group, Environment and Research Culture, Keele University
*Digital Society Institute Keele University (Lead: Law and Ethics)
*Member of the FRAC Ethics Committee Keele University (May 2022)


  • 2021–present
    Lecturer in Law, Keele University
  • 2019–2021
    Teaching Fellow in Law , University of Birmingham
  • 2016–2019
    GTA Law, Edge Hill University


  • 2019 
    Edge Hill University , PH.D
  • 2016 
    Edge Hill University , LL.M (Research)
  • 2013 
    Edge Hill University , LL.B (Hons)