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Associate Professor in Law, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Claire Bessant (Ph.D., University of Leicester) is Associate Professor in Law at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Claire’s research encompasses family law, privacy law, and human rights. Claire's most recent research focuses upon the law’s response to threats posed both to family privacy and to children’s privacy by a digital society; parents as privacy stewards; and the phenomenon of ‘sharenting’. She has contributed to government and parliamentary consultations, on both domestic violence and online privacy. Her research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, European Journal of Law and Technology, and Communications Law. Claire is joint Managing Editor of the open-access Journal of Law, Technology and Trust. Claire is also a member of the Association of Internet Researchers, the International Society of Family Law, the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Society of Legal Scholars.


  • 2016–present
    Associate Professor in Law, Northumbria University
  • 2004–2016
    Principal Lecturer in Law, Northumbria University
  • 2002–2004
    Senior Lecturer in Law, Northumbria University


  • 2011 
    Northumbria University, MA Academic Practice
  • 2002 
    Staffordshire University, LLM in Advanced Legal Practice
  • 1994 
    Leicester University, Law with French

Professional Memberships

  • Socio-legal scholars association