PhD, MSc, LLM, LLB, PG Cert. Professional Legal Studies (Solicitor), PG Cert. in Higher Education Practice & Research, Fellow of HEA.
Dr Karen Mc Cullagh is the Course Director for the LLM in Media Law, Policy & Practice. She is a non-practising Solicitor, having qualified and practised Law in Northern Ireland before entering academia. Whilst undertaking postgraduate studies, Karen held a Lectureship at the University of Salford and was employed as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester and a Research Assistant at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Karen holds both a LLB (Hons) in Law and a Master of Laws from Queen’s University, Belfast. She also holds an MSc in Social Research Methods & Statistics and a PhD from the University of Manchester. During her postgraduate studies, Karen spent time at a number of other universities including: the Berkman Centre at Harvard University, Katholieke University, Leuven and the National Research Centre for Computers and Law, University of Oslo, Norway.
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Information access rights in FOIA and FOISA – fit for purpose?,
in Edinburgh Law Review
pp. 55-87Full Text UEA Repository
Brexit: Potential Implications for Digital and 'Fintech' industries,
in International Data Privacy Law
pp. 3-21Full Text UEA Repository
Response to Department of Media, Culture & Sports DCMS Call for views on the General Data Protection Regulation derogations,
Cross-border data protection: Applicable law and territorial powers of national data protection supervisors,
article no. 95Full Text UEA Repository
Response to the call by DCMS for views on the potential implications of Brexit for Data Protection stakeholders: Brexit: Potential Implications for Digital and ‘Fintech’ Industries,
The General Data Protection Regulation: A Partial Success for Children on Social Network Sites?,
in Data Protection, Privacy and European Regulation in the Digital Age.
ISBN 978-951-51-2530-9UEA Repository
A tangled web of access to information: reflections on R (on the application of Evans) and another v Her Majesty's Attorney General,
in Web Journal of Current Legal Issues
Response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation - Court and Tribunal Fees (Freedom of Information),
Independent Commission on Freedom of Information - Response to Call for Evidence,
in Cyber & Mobile Commerce: An analysis of crime, finance, media and trade in the digital age.
Uni of Hertfordshire pressUEA Repository
Click Happy?: An Analysis of the Use of An Electronic Voting System (EVS) in Large Group Lectures to Improve Interaction and Engagement,
in Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
pp. 189-213UEA Repository
Click happy?: an analysis of the use of Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) in large group lectures to improve interactivity,UEA Repository
Response to EU Commission on Public Consultation on Cloud Computing.,
Facebook Privacy – A scary Story,
in ActNow Newsletter
pp. 14UEA Repository
IP addresses and personal data: K.U. v Finland,
in Data Protection Quarterly
pp. 18-19UEA Repository
Protecting ‘privacy’ through control of ‘personal’ data processing: a flawed approach,
in International Review of Law, Computers & Technology
pp. 47-58Full Text UEA Repository
Blogging: self presentation and privacy,
in Information & Communications Technology Law
pp. 3-23UEA Repository
Data Sensitivity: proposals for resolving the conundrum,
in Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology
pp. 190-201UEA Repository
Developing European Legal Information Markets based on Government Information,
in International Journal of Law and Information Technology
pp. 247-281UEA Repository
September 11th Security concerns: the threat to Internet Privacy,UEA Repository
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Key Research Interests
Karen’s research specialism is information rights: both the commercial and fundamental rights aspects of privacy and data protection particularly in the context of technology e.g. big data, biometrics, cloud computing and social media, and also Freedom of Information, as an aspect of public law. She also has an interest in the role technology can play in promoting and facilitating democracy, protest and expression. Her PhD (sponsored by the ESRC and UK Information Commissioners Office) examined the concept of ‘private’ data.
Karen is a member of the Executive Committee of BILETA (British & Irish Law, Education & Technology Association). She is the IT editor for the European Journal of Current Legal Interests (EJoCLI) and a reviewer for a number of journals, including: Script-ed, the European Journal of Law & Technology (EJLT) and the International Review of Law Computers and Technology.
Karen is interested in supervising research students in all areas of privacy and data protection, freedom of information, and other legal aspects of information technology, such as the use of social media technologies to promote e-democracy and freedom of expression.
Karen is the Course Director for the LLM in Media Law, Policy & Practice. She is module organiser for Internet Law & Governance and The Law of E-Commerce modules and teaches on the Protection of Privacy & Reputation module on the LLM Programmes: Media Law Policy & Practice and IP & IT Law. She also teaches on the Internet Law, Media Law and Constitutional & Administrative Law undergraduate modules. Karen also contributes to the 'Global Media and Communications Law' module as part of the University's International Summer School programmes.
Karen received a UEA Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012-2013. The award panel praised her ‘extremely innovative approach to teaching, in particular the powerful effect of using multiple media approaches for teaching, which allow her to bring a highly personal approach to large class teaching, and noted that her feedback materials were models of clarity.’ They also commended her ‘impressive commitment to pastoral support and praised her exceptional and inspirational teaching.’ She was previously nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Salford in 2008 and 2011.
Karen conducted a study on the use of ‘clicker quizzes’ to improve interaction and engagement in Lectures and as a formative assessment tool in 2011. She presented the findings of the clicker study at the 6th annual Education in a Changing Environment Conference where the paper was shortlisted for a prize. She also disseminated the findings of the action study in the journal: Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Karen conducted a pilot study on the use of films and documentaries to teach Internet law during the academic year 2016-17. She disseminated the findings of her study in two different ways: a poster at the University’s Learning & Teaching Conference in May 2017 and an article in the University’s Learning Highlights Magazine (Spring edition).
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- Radio Interview (2nd Feb 2016, BBC Radio Norfolk with Nick Conrad) - news interview discussing the potential legal implications of impersonating businesses or individuals on social media.
- Norfolk & Norwich Law Society, 'Data Protection Update,' 30th October 2014
- Radio Interview (15th August 2014, BBC Radio Norfolk with Nicky Price) - discussing the electoral register, the privacy and data protection implications of being on the register and how to opt-out from the open register.
- Radio Interview (2nd June 2014, BBC Radio Berkshire with Andrew Peach) - discussing the implications of a data disclosure by South Central Ambulance Service.
- Radio Interview (2nd June 2014, BBC Oxford with Phil Gayle) - discussing the implications of a data protection breach by an employer and how the law could be reformed.
- Radio Interview (22nd March 2014, BBC Radio Norfolk) – explaining a warning issued by Norfolk & Norwich Constabulary about young men being blackmailed when sharing explicit images online
- Radio interview (20th November 2013, BBC Radio Norfolk ‘On Air’) - discussing the Emma Way case - the first UK case in which an individual was prosecuted as a result of a self-incriminating tweet.
- Radio Interview (29th November 2012, BBC Radio Norfolk) - Leveson Report
- Author of collaborative response (sponsored by BILETA) to response to Department of Media, Culture & Sports DCMS Call for views on the General Data Protection Regulation derogations, May 2017.
- Invited Panellist, Data Protection After Brexit, Computers, Privacy & Data Protection 10th Annual Conference, Brussels, 25-27 January 2017
- Invited Speaker, Brexit: Datat Protection Implications for the Digital Technology Sector, at CIPPM Annual Symposium, Bournemouth University, 3rd November 2016
- Guest Editor of International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, Vol 29, Iss. 1, special edition containing papers presented at the 29th Annual BILETA Conference
- Co-editor (with Dr Daithí Mac Síthigh) of Scripted Journal, Vol. 11, Iss. 3, special edition containing papers presented at the 29th Annual BILETA conference.
- Host and Organiser of 29th Annual BILETA Conference (14-16th April 2014) Hosted at UEA, Norwich
- Host and Co-Organiser (with Prof Lilian Edwards) of Gikii VII Conference (17-18th Sept 2012) Hosted at UEA London
- Invited plenary speaker: “Stead - a reflection on the development of investigative journalism in the UK” (16-17th April 2012) WT Stead Centenary Conference for a Newspaper Revolutionary, British Library Conference Centre, London
- Lead author of collaborative response to EU Commission on Public Consultation on Cloud Computing. (2011) Funded by the Information Technology Think Tank, which is supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and led by the SCRIPT/AHRC Centre for Research and Intellectual Property and Technology, University of Edinburgh
Course Director, LLM Media Law Policy & Practice (2016-)
Member of Teaching & Learning Committee (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15)
Member of Staff Student Liaison Committee (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)
Deputy Senior Adviser (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)
Personal Adviser (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16)
Year One Co-ordinator (2012-13)