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Miss Claire Bessant

Director of Portfolio Approval, Review and Amendment

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

0191 227 4039

Key Publications

Bessant, Claire (2017) Parental rights to publish family photographs versus children's rights to a private life. Entertainment Law Review, 28 (2). pp. 43-46. ISSN 0959-3799

Bessant, Claire (2016) Photographs of children in public : the wider significance of Weller V associated newspapers. Entertainment Law Review, 27 (6). pp. 197-201. ISSN 0959-3799

Bessant, Claire (2015) The application of Directive 95/46/EC and the Data Protection Act 1998 when an individual posts photographs of other individuals online. European Journal of Law and Technology, 6 (2). ISSN 2042-115X

Bessant, Claire (2015) Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence — Have We Got the Balance Right? The Journal of Criminal Law, 79 (2). pp. 102-121. ISSN 0022-0183

Bessant, Claire (2014) Data protection, safeguarding and the protection of children's privacy: exploring local authority guidance on parental photography at school events. Information and Communications Technology Law, 23 (3). pp. 256-272. ISSN 1360-0834

Bessant, Claire (2011) Privacy, openness and transparency in proceedings under the Children Act 1989: letting children and young people have their say. Contemporary Issues in Law, 11 (3). pp. 157-184. ISSN 1357-0374

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Sponsors and Collaborators

Awarded a  PhD studentship (fees paid) at Leicester University, commencing 2013 to study the changing notion of family privacy

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Family privacy; privacy; human rights; sharenting; data protection; domestic violence


(2014) Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

(2011) MA Academic Practice (Dist), Northumbria University

(2002) LLM Advanced Legal Practice (Dist), Staffordshire University

(1998) Qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales

(1995) Legal Practice Course, College of Law, York

(1994) LLB (Hons) Law with French , Leicester University

(1993) Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises, Université Robert Schumann, Strasbourg

Professional Activity

Solicitor (non-practicing)


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