Welcome to Lex Ferenda (‘the law as it ought to be’, approximately), which is my blog. I’m Daithí Mac Síthigh and I am a lecturer in digital media law at the Law School in the University of Edinburgh. Here’s the School’s site, and my page.
This blog has been on the go since early 2006, through my time as a PhD student and RA/tutor in the Law School, Trinity College Dublin, then a lecturer for four years at the University of East Anglia. It’s all about media and Internet law, with a focus on (a) providing links and quick comments to new stories, cases and developments and (b) extracts from work in progress and first-thoughts on academic research. I also post some comments about my work as a university lecturer more generally. You can also follow me on Twitter: @macsithigh.
The areas of law I teach and research in are Internet law, media law, intellectual property law, and public law (constitutional and administrative law). Find information about my current teaching here and my research here. At UEA, I taught and supervised undergraduate students in Law and postgraduate students on a number of programmes, particularly the LLM in Media Law, Policy and Practice and the interdisciplinary module on Media and Society.
I live in Edinburgh city centre. I am originally from Co. Wicklow, in Ireland; I lived in Dublin for some years. I submitted my PhD thesis (supervised by Dr. Eoin O’Dell, who blogs at cearta.ie) in October 2009 and passed the viva subject to minor corrections in June 2010. My undergraduate degree (2004) in Law was also at Trinity College. Between completing that degree and starting my PhD, I was a students’ union officer (at TCD and also at the Union of Students in Ireland) and studied social science with the Open University. I returned to the OU as a Humanities student in 2009 and continue my studies there.