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Claire Bessant

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Claire Bessant joined Northumbria University’s School of Law in 2002 having made the decision to move to academia from private practice where she worked as a solicitor specialising in family law. She has since published in the fields of both family law and information rights, with her particular research interests being the privacy of children and the family, human rights (particularly the rights of children), domestic violence and data protection.

Claire is currently pursuing a Phd at Leicester University exploring the extent to which parents consider the law to provide effective protection for their family’s information privacy. She is also currently undertaking a project on ‘sharenting’, analysing the legal protections offered to children whose information is shared online by their parents.

Claire’s teaches on the Childcare module offered on the undergraduate law programmes.  She is module tutor for the module Children and Young Persons Information Sharing offered on the LLM Information Rights law and practice. Claire is also module tutor for the distance learning LLB English Legal System module and for the full time LLM Legal Research module.  Claire was responsible for the development of a suite of webcasts on the English Legal System and legal skills.  By virtue of her teaching and administrative responsibilities in relation to both the distance learning LLB and LLM, Claire has developed a particular interest and expertise in relation to the effective use of e-learning on distance learning law programmes.

Campus Address

Room 309, City Campus East

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Sharenting in a socially distanced world, Bessant, C., Oswald, M., Nottingham, E. 12 Aug 2020
  • What would you rather be a Privacy Have or a Privacy Have-Not?, Bessant, C. 1 Mar 2020, TwentyForty: Utopias for a Digital Society, Berlin, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
  • Parents as Privacy Guardians, Bessant, C. 1 May 2019
  • NINSO (The Northumbria Internet & Society Research Interest Group) – written evidence (IRN0035) Submission to House of Lords Select Committee on Communications Inquiry: “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”, Noto La Diega, G., Bessant, C., Thanaraj, A., Giles, C., Kreitem, H., Allsopp, R. 23 May 2018
  • Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide, Bessant, C. 26 May 2018, In: Communications Law
  • Sharenting: Balancing the Conflicting Rights of Parents and Children, Bessant, C. 31 Jan 2018, In: Communications Law
  • Could a child sue their parents for sharenting?, Bessant, C. 11 Oct 2017
  • Family privacy in the internet age: Family photographs as a case study, Bessant, C. 17 May 2017
  • Parental rights to publish family photographs versus children's rights to a private life, Bessant, C. 1 Apr 2017, In: Entertainment Law Review
  • Parental sharenting and the privacy of children, Bessant, C. 28 Jun 2017


  • Academic Studies in Education MA November 01 2011
  • Law LLM July 01 2002
  • Law LLB (Hons) July 01 1994
  • Solicitor of England and Wales
  • Legal Practice Course LPC 1994
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

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Caroline Hood Start: 16/05/2019

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