School of Law and Social Science
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Subject Areas: Law
Susan is a Solicitor, Senior Lecturer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She joined UCLan from commercial practice in 2000 and has developed a series of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, some of which are now disseminated in London and overseas. Specialist areas include branding, personality rights, defamation, contempt of court, injunctions, copyright, freedom of expression, privacy and confidentiality, traditional knowledge and ambush marketing.
Having specialised in commercial, corporate and international trade law in practice as a solicitor, Susan now focuses mainly on researching and teaching the somewhat diverse, but complementary, domains of intellectual property and media law. With a background in science and anthropology, she is particularly interested in trans-humanist ideologies and the application of bioethics and legal regulation to emerging technologies such as neural interface implants. Susan’s interest in technology also extends to pedagogy and she was an early proponent of virtual learning environments. In 2009, she won the Harris Award for Excellence which funded the creation of a three dimensional courtroom experience to promote mooting as an extra-curricular activity.
Susan has designed and developed a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules inspired by research into pedagogical methods combined with a number of developing legal fields including personality rights and privacy, ambush marketing, traditional knowledge, virtual worlds and citizens’ media. It is good to see her students return to explore these themes in more detail at postgraduate level. Susan has been involved in the directorship and supervision of many undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations across a wide range of topics, including international and comparative law. She has also organised knowledge transfer seminars with internationally renowned guest speakers on celebrity privacy, copyright and negotiation skills. She has also enjoyed disseminating research at conferences and acting as a Visiting Professor at the University of Poitiers in France for many years as well as teaching in Greece and Mauritius. This has given her the opportunity to explore her interest in comparative law, different cultures and develop her foreign language skills: Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (reasonable), French (almost reasonable).
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Currently (i) copyright as applied to culinary and perfume industries; (ii) personality rights
Future plans for PhD
Publication: Intellectual Property, Medicine and Health Current Debates by Gibson, Med Law Rev 2010 18 (1): 114-120, OUP
Founded AQUILA - to bid for funds to undertake multi-disciplinary research into virtual worlds. Membership includes international scholars.
External Reviewer of academic monographs and text books
External Reviewer of new courses, e.g. Birmingham City University and the University of Cumbria
External Examiner for a number of Universities including the University of Law
Visiting Professor Université de Poitiers 2002 - 2012
A Rag Bag of Rights (International Sports Law Conference ‘State of Play’, UCLan, 2005
Three weddings and a funeral (Celebrity Culture Conference, University of Paisley, 2005)
Dancing on the Fringe of the Magic Circle (Lancashire Law School Research Seminar, UCLan, 2007)
A Disappearing Act (OK v Hello) (Paris V Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité University, 2007)
The Halo or the Trident? (Knowledge Transfer Seminar, Lancashire Law School, UCLan, 2008)
Virtually Real (Lancashire Law School Research Seminar, UCLan, 2008)
Who owns your virtual life? And when you really die? (Key speaker at Research Seminar, Université de Poitiers, 2009)
Current teaching includes international intellectual property law (LLM module leader), privacy and confidentiality of information (LLM module leader) media law (LLB module leader), sports law (LLB module co-leader), legal systems (LLB), intellectual property law (LLB module leader), defamation and privacy law (Foundation module leader) and lawyers skills (LLB) across a number of modules at both postgraduate and undergraduate level.
Previous teaching includes advanced legal research methodology, contract and tort for IT specialists, law for journalists, business law and practice, accounts, mooting and debating, negotiation, interviewing, family law, literacy skills, probate and insolvency law.
The quality of Susan's teaching has been recognised in quality assurance inspections by external organisations including The Law Society and, in 2011, she was nominated for an innovation in teaching award.
As Mooting Co-ordinator, Susan has coached mooting teams entering into various national and international competitions including the prestigious Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot as well as organising internal and inter-collegiate moots.
Susan’s experience across a range of programmes from foundation to PhD and LPC has informed her role as personal tutor to hundreds of students over the years.