Dr Fiona Brimblecombe

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Dr Fiona Brimblecombe LLB, LLM, PhD is a Wallscourt Fellow in Law (senior lecturer) at Bristol Law School, University of the West of England. This position means she has a research focus; her particular expertise is the right to privacy on the internet.

Fiona obtained an LLB from Newcastle University in 2014, an LLM (distinction) from Durham University in 2015 and a PhD in law at Durham University in 2020. She was awarded a prestigious Durham Law School Teaching Scholarship to fund her doctoral studies and as a result Fiona has three years consecutive teaching experience at Durham Law School leading seminar groups in tort law and seminars and lectures in media law. While at Durham she was also a PGR co-convenor of the Human Rights Centre.

Her PhD (which was supervised by Prof. Gavin Phillipson and Prof. Helen Fenwick) sought to answer the question of how best to protect privacy and reputation rights on the web circa 2019 and whether the 'right to be forgotten' in the GDPR will act as a new bastion for personality rights online.

Latest Research

In 2018 Fiona co-authored a 66 page Article (alongside Professor Gavin Phillipson of Bristol University, formerly Durham Law School) in the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law. It argued that Article 8 ECHR as interpreted by the Strasbourg court is likely to be an important factor in the understanding of the new right to be forgotten. The article employed a number of 'data dissemination' scenarios and extrapolated certain Article 8 ECHR 'balancing factors' used by the Strasbourg court and considered how these factors apply to potential claims brought under the right to be forgotten.

She has also recently published a 15,000 word article in the Journal of Internet Law which considers Article 10 jurisprudence at Strasbourg and how this will influence the interpretation of the right to be forgotten's free expression exceptions/exemptions.

She is currently writing a journal article alongside Professor Helen Fenwick of Durham Law School concerning 'the death of privacy online' and the new role of the right to be forgotten in comparison with the English tort of misuse of private information.

A further project she is presently engaged in is a journal article co-authored with Dr Patrick o'Callaghan of University College Cork which considers the right to be forgotten and defamation in the digital era.

Past Conference Papers

'The interpretation of Article 17 of the GDPR and Article 8 jurisprudence at Strasbourg', at 'Tearing Down the Mighty Walls of Injustice', Human Rights Centre Annual Postgraduate Conference, Durham Law School, May 2016

'The reasonable expectation of privacy test and the right to be forgotten' at 'Restricted and Redacted: where now for human rights and digital informational control?', Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, November 2016

'Publication in the public interest in Strasbourg and the right to be forgotten', at 'Defending Individual Rights', Human Rights Centre Annual Postgraduate Conference, Durham Law School, May 2017

Area of expertise

Privacy, GDPR, data protection, defamation, Articles 8 and 10 European Convention on Human Rights, Strasbourg jurisprudence, misuse of private information

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