Mark Hanna


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Mark’s general research interests lie in socio-legal studies. Previously, this has included research examining the relationship between international law and global civil society, an the role of lay members of society in the development of fundamental rights in law. His current research interests are focused on the development of defamation and privacy law, both in Northern Ireland and beyond.  

His recent work has focused in particular on defamation law reform in Northern Irleand. You can check out his podcasts on the subject with journalist Sam McBride, lawyers Paul Tweed, Peter Girvan, Olivia O'Kane, and Jessica Ní Mhainín of Index on Censorship, and with Professors Andrew Scott, Daithí MacSithigh, and Gavin Phillipson at 


Mark joined the School of Law of Queen’s University Belfast in September 2017. Before this he was a Lecturer in International and European Law at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. He holds an LLB from Essex University, an LLM in Public International Law from Leiden University, and a PhD in Law from Queen Mary, University of London. He is admitted as an attorney-at-law in the State of New York, and holds a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield. 

Mark teaches Torts and Legal Theory at both undergraduate and graduate level. He is interested in supervising any doctoral projects involving the right to privacy; free speech; media law; socio-historic research into the development of civil liberties and human rights; or research on sociological theory of law. 


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