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Miss Fiona Brimblecombe

Part-Time Tutor

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Part-Time Tutor in the Durham Law School  


Fiona graduated with an LLB(hons) from Newcastle University in 2014 and achieved an LLM(distinction) at Durham Law School in 2015. Her LLM thesis focused upon data privacy, specifically the ‘right to be forgotten’ and the controversial recent judgment of Google Spain by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Fiona began her Ph.D at Durham in September 2015 after attaining a Durham Law School Teaching Scholarship. Her doctoral thesis builds upon her LLM dissertation and is provisionally entitled ‘A new era in privacy law? Web 3.0, the right to erasure and its impact upon personality rights.’ It will incorporate analysis of Article 17 (the right to erasure) of the European Union’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation 2012 along with elements of the tort of misuse of private information, defamation and press regulation in order to reach a conclusion about how best to protect online privacy rights circa 2016. Fiona is supervised by Professor Gavin Phillipson and Professor Helen Fenwick.

In the summer of 2014 Fiona was a salaried research assistant for Mr Colin Murray of Newcastle Law School (researching elements of national security law) and is currently a seminar leader for Durham Law School’s undergraduate Tort Law module.

Administrative Roles

Convenor of Durham's Human Rights Centre 2016/17


Fiona Brinblecombe and Gavin Phillipson, 'Regaining Digital Provacy? The New "Right to be Forgotten" and Online Expression', Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law (forthcoming August 2018).

Research Groups
  • Human Rights Centre
  • Durham European Law Institute

Tort Law (2015-2017)

Media Law (2016-2017)

Widening Participation

Lectured and taught on the Sutton Trust Program for Durham Law School in April 2018 (with a forthcoming summer session)

Office Hours

Wednesdays at 11 - 12 noon, PCL 227

Conference Organisation

As part of my time as a convenor of the Human Rights Centre at Durham Law School (from 2016 to 2017) I helped to organise two conferences:


  • ‘Miller: The Constitutional Case of the century’, Human Rights Centre, Durham Law School, February 2017.
  • ‘Defending Individual Rights’, Human Rights Centre Annual Postgraduate Conference, Durham Law School, May 2017
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