Daithi Mac Sithigh
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    Daithí Mac Síthigh is Professor of Law and Innovation at Queen's University Belfast, appointed in 2017. Previously, he was Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Reader in Law, at Newcastle University (England); earlier posts were at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and the University of East Anglia (England). He holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, as well as first degrees in law (LLB, Trinity College Dublin) and humanities with art history (BA Hons, Open University), and postgraduate qualifications in social sciences (Open) and higher education practice (East Anglia). He was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2019, as part of the Island of Ireland programme, working on the theme of “promoting good governance to drive responsible innovation in smart cities”.


    Research Interests

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    Daithí's research interests are in law and technology (including topics such as audiovisual media law, legal issues in the creative industries, the 'sharing economy', the regulation of the video games industry, open data, and Internet infrastructure and domain names), and constitutional and administrative law.

    He is a co-investigator in the new Future Screens NI project (funded through the AHRC creative economy clusters programme, 2018-22) and was formerly co-investigator at CREATe, the centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy (funded by AHRC, ESRC and EPSRC, 2012-17), and a member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (East Anglia). In autumn 2018, Daithí held an Arthurs Visiting Fellowship at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, working on 'disruption' to law and the future of cities (and delivering a lecture on the topic).

    His book Medium Law (Routledge, 2017) explores the application of ‘medium theory’ (including the work of Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan) to differences between media, and how technological definitions and associated changes have legal and regulatory consequences. It has been reviewed in the Entertainment Law Review (29(3), 2018) and the European Journal of Law and Technology (2018). He will be a co-author of a leading textbook in the field, Information Technology Law (also Routledge), from its next edition, and co-edited a collection on privacy law in the UK (The Campbell Legacy, 2018). He is currently co-editing two collections: one for Hart on the last half-century of administrative law and one for OUP on the philosophical foundations of cyberlaw.

    Other recent work on law and technology has been published in journals including Legal StudiesJournal of Media LawCommunications Law, and the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, and his recent work on ranking and reputation systems (co-authored with Mathias Siems) will be published in the Modern Law Review later in 2019. Recent chapters in edited collections includes work on the evaluation of legal research, on contempt of court and new media, and on copyright in the video games industries. Research on legal education (with Mark Flear) appears in Law Teacher and most recent work on languages was published in 2018 in the Common Law World Review.


    Daithí is a panelist for the UDRP dispute resolution mechanism for Internet domain names, provided by the Czech Arbitration Court, and is a member of the Irish government's Open Data Governance Board. Consultancy work has been carried out for Google and, via the Scottish Centre for International Law, the OECD.

    He is book reviews editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, and a member of the editorial board of Communications Law. He served for four years as a co-editor of the Dublin University Law Journal. He now sits on the advisory boards of the Society for Computers and Law and the Information Law & Policy Centre, and was subject section convenor for media and communications law at the Society of Legal Scholars (where he is now a member of the Research Awards Committee). He is currently an external examiner at the University of Leeds, Queen Mary University of London, the University of Sunderland, and University College Cork. In addition, he is a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College and the UKRI Future Leaderships Fellows Peer Review College, and has served on the Irish Research Council's Outer and Inner Assessment Boards and as an ESRC reviewer. 

    At QUB, he is a member of the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Steering Committee, the Digital Statement Think Tank, and the City Deal Working Group.


    In 18/19 (semester two), Daithí convenes and teaches the new stage 3 LLB optional module in media and information law, and teaches, with Prof. Ronan Deazley and Dr. Paulina Wilson, intellectual property (stage 3 LLB) and copyright in the digital environment (LLM).

    He has previously served as the module coordinator for the public law modules on the LLB degrees and the LLB (Senior Status): Constitutional Law in Context (semester 1) and Rights and Accountability (semester 2).

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    Frequent Journals

    • Scripted

      ISSNs: 1744-2567

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1744-2567


    • Journal of Media Law

      ISSNs: 1757-7632

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1757-7640

      Taylor and Francis Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.197 SNIP 0.574


    • Computers and Law

      ISSNs: 0140-3249


    • Juridical Review

      ISSNs: 0022-6785

      Sweet and Maxwell Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2007): SJR 0.473


    • Legal Studies

      ISSNs: 0261-3875

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1748-121X


      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.354 SNIP 0.761


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