Dr Peter Coe
Dr Peter Coe currently teaches the following LLB modules:
- Technology, Privacy and Internet Regulation
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Justice
- General Introduction to Law
Areas of Interest
My research interests fall within the field of Media Law. Specifically, I am fascinated by: (i) citizen journalism's interaction with free speech, media freedom and media regulation and the concepts of privacy and reputation; (ii) defamation and the protection of corporate reputation; (iii) media power and plurality, the role the media plays within society and its impact on democracy. My research is comparative and theoretical in nature. It draws on scholarship and jurisprudence from a number of jurisdictions, including the United States and Australia, and is heavily influenced by free speech theory, privacy theory, legal theory, regulatory theory and political and moral philosophy.
I welcome expressions of interest for prospective PhD students in my areas of interest, and the field of Media Law more broadly.
Memberships and appointments
- Advisor to the University of East London's Online Harms and Cyber Crime Unit
- Research Associate, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
- Editor-in-chief of Communications Law
- Member of the Editorial Board of In Medias Res
- Member of the Bar of England and Wales
- Member and Lord Denning Scholar and Hardwicke Entrance Scholar of Lincoln's Inn
- Academic Associate Member of East Anglian Chambers
- Chair of IMPRESS Advisory Group on regulating new and emerging news publishers
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Convenor of the Media and Communications Law Section, Society of Legal Scholars
Research groups / Centres
- Coe, P. (2020) A comparative analysis of the treatment of corporate reputation in Australia and the UK. In: Koltay, A. and Wragg, P. (eds.) Comparative Privacy and Defamation. Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781788970587
- Coe, P. and Brown, J. (2020) What's in a name? The case for protecting the reputation of businesses under Article 1 Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Journal of European Tort Law, 10 (3). pp. 286-315. ISSN 1868-9612 doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/jetl-2019-0123
- Coe, P. and Dagilyte, E. (2019) Developing professionalism via take-home exams: assessment for learning in law studies. In: Bone, A. and Maharg, P. (eds.) Critical Perspectives on the Scholarship of Assessment and Learning in Law: Volume 1: England. Assessment in Legal Education, 1. ANU Press, pp. 109-138. ISBN 9781760463007 doi: https://doi.org/10.22459/CP01.2019
- Coe, P. (2018) (Re)embracing social responsibility theory as a basis for free speech: shifting the normative paradigm for a modern media. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 69 (4). pp. 403-431. ISSN 0029-3105
- Coe, P. (2018) Anonymity and pseudonymity: Free speech’s problem children. Media & Arts Law Review, 22 (2). pp. 173-200. ISSN 1325-1570
- Coe, P. (2017) National security and the fourth estate in a brave new social media world. In: Scaife, L. (ed.) Social Networks as the New Frontier of Terrorism: #Terror. Routledge, pp. 165-192. ISBN 9781138950535
- Coe, P. (2017) Redefining 'media' using a 'media-as-a-constitutional-component' concept: An evaluation of the need for the European Court of Human Rights to alter its understanding of 'media' within a new media landscape. Legal Studies, 37 (1). pp. 25-53. ISSN 1748-121X doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/lest.12133
- Coe, P. (2015) The Defamation Act 2013: We need to talk about Corporate Reputation. Journal of Business Law, 2015 (4). pp. 313-334. ISSN 0021-9460
- Coe, P. (2015) The social media paradox: an intersection with freedom of expression and the criminal law. Information and Communications Technology Law, 24 (1). pp. 16-40. ISSN 1360-0834 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13600834.2015.1004242
- Coe, P. and Dagilyte, E. (2014) Professionalism in higher education: Important not only for lawyers. The Law Teacher, 48 (1). pp. 33-50. ISSN 1943-0353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2013.875303
- Coe, P. (2013) The value of corporate reputation and the Defamation Act 2013: a brave new world or road to ruin? Communications Law, 18 (4). pp. 113-121. ISSN 1746-7616
- Coe, P (2020) 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Social Media during the Coronavirus Pandemic', Communications Law 25(3) pp. 119-122. Coe, P 'And you thought that the Johnny Depp and Amanda Heard relationship was toxic... why the press needs a superhero (just not Captain Jack Sparrow)' International Forum for Responsible Media (Inforrm) 8th September 2020
- Coe, P 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Social Media during the Coronavirus Pandemic', International Forum for Responsible Media (Inforrm), 4th April 2020
- Coe, P (2020) 'The European Court of Human Rights and the Right to Privacy in the Workplace' Communications Law 25(1) pp. 1-3.
- Coe, P 'Let's Get Ready to Rumble! Facial Recognition Technology and the Police' International Forum for Responsible Media (Inforrm), 1st February 2020
- Coe, P 'The European Court of Human Rights and the right to privacy in the workplace, Bărbulescu and Lopez Ribalda' International Forum for Responsible Media (Inforrm), 15th November 2019.
- Coe, P (2019) 'Ben Stokes v The Sun and the notion of responsible journalism' Communications Law, 24(4). pp. 149-151.
- Coe, P 'Ben Stokes, The Sun and the notion of responsible journalism' International Forum for Responsible Media (Inforrm) 26th September 2019 / The Media Law Podcast 1st October 2019.
- Coe, P 'A right to private life at work? A tale of a Romanian, the European Court of Human Rights and the GDPR' New Law Journal, 2nd February 2018.
- Coe, P 'Facebook's Frankenstein's Monster': freedom of expression and the problem with fake news and violent and sexual content', Inforrm, 24th May 2017
- Coe, P 'Why children need social media lessons', The Conversation, 1st November 2016/The Independent, 2nd November 2016
- Coe, P 'The Doctor will tweet you now - but should he face disciplinary action for doing so?' The Conversation, 21st March 2016
- Coe, P '#birdsandthebees: a 'Green Cross Code' for social media', Inforrm, 14th November 2015
- Coe, P 'Social Media 'faux pas': there's only one 'tweeting' winner', Inforrm, 6th November 2014
- Coe, P 'The Defamation Act 2013: corporate claimants and causation, a debate', Inforrm, 10th February 2014
- Coe, P 'Defamation Act 2013: The value of corporate reputation', Inforrm, 22nd January 2014
- Coe, P 'Footballers and Social Media 'Faux Pas': The Football Association's Cash Cow?' Entertainment Law Review, (2015) 26(3), 75-78
- Coe, P 'The Defamation Act 2013 and CPR 3.4 and 24: A sting in causation's tail' Entertainment Law Review (2014) 25 (3), 93-96
- Coe, P 'Foreword' for L. Scaife, Handbook of Social Media and the Law, (Routledge, 2014)
- Coe, P 'Compatibility of whole life orders with the European Convention on Human Rights', Journal of Criminal Law (2013) 77(6) 476-481
- Coe, P 'Justifying reverse burdens of proof: A tale of diminished responsibility and a tangled knot of authorities', Journal of Criminal Law (2013) 77(5) 360-375
- Coe, P Brooks, T and Grey, S 'Society of Legal Scholars Criminal Justice Section Response to Sexual Offences Guideline Consultation', (Sentencing Council Consultation 2012-2013) March 2013
OTHER MEDIA/INDUSTRY PUBLICATIONS
- Coe, P, Bennett, T and Holly P-J, 'COVID-19, Social Media and Misinformation' The Media Law Podcast, 28th April 2020
- Coe, P, Bennett, T and Acheson, D 'Should companies be able to sue in defamation' The Media Law Podcast, 17th December 2019
- Coe, P, Bennett, T, Moosavian, R and Wragg, P 'Ben Stokes, The Sun and the notion of responsible journalism' The Media Law Podcast, 1st October 2019
- Coe, P 'Can you be liable in defamation for what another person posts or tweets?' Anthony Collins LLP E-Briefing, 4th February 2019.
- Coe, P 'Briefing on data protection implications of a no-deal Brexit', Anthony Collins LLP E-Briefing, 19th December 2018.
- Coe, P 'Don't panic! There is life after the GDPR... and its pretty good!' Anthony Collins LLP E-Briefing, 19th September 2018.
- Coe, P 'Can you be liable for others posting on your social media?' Anthony Collins LLP E-Briefing, 16th July 2018.
- Coe, P 'Digital Native Youngsters Need Green Cross Code for Social Media' Aston University Press Release, 4th January 2018.
- Coe, P 'Do managers have the right to monitor employees' private messages?' Lawyer Monthly, 3rd January 2018.
- Coe, P 'A Social Media 'Green Cross Code' for employees and employers', www.changeboard.com, 5th February 2016
- Coe, P 'The social media 'green cross code' Education Technology Magazine, 6th November 2015
- Coe, P 'Footballers and Social Media 'Faux Pas': The Football Association's Cash Cow?' The Reporter, January-February 2015, Issue 99
- Coe, P 'How will the new Defamation Act protect online reputation?' Law Donut, 23rd June 2014
- Coe, P 'Defamation Act 2013: How it could affect your business', Real Business, 15th May 2014
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
- Coe, P (2020) 'Social media, citizen journalism and increased access to the public sphere: a new reality for free speech or just an illusion?' Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Exeter
- Coe, P Chair of 'Data Protection and the Rule of Law' panel, IALS Information Law and Policy Centre Annual Conference, 22nd November 2019
- Coe, P 'Defamation and corporate reputation: analysis of the 'seriously flawed' serious financial loss requirement and concepts of reputation' Current Issues in Comparative Privacy and Defamation Law Conference, University of Leeds, 8th and 9th April 2019
- Coe, P Panel member discussing citizen journalism, freedom of expression and the Data Protection Act 2018 journalistic exemption, BBC, 1st April 2019
- Coe, P 'Mind the Gap: a blueprint for a new regulatory framework that effectively captures citizen journalists' IALS Information Law and Policy Centre Evening Seminar Series, 28th February 2019
- Coe, P Chair of 'AI, Decision-Making, and Trust' panel, IALS Information Law and Policy Centre Annual Conference, 23rd November 2018
- Coe, P 'GDPR: ethics and application' Housing Data & Analytics Summit, Birmingham, October 2018
- Coe, P 'You cannot be serious! An analysis of UK defamation law, and the serious harm and serious financial loss requirements, post-Defamation Act 2013' Guest Lecture, University of Sydney Europe, Media Law: Comparative Perspectives, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, 9th July 2018
- Coe, P '(Re)embracing social responsibility theory as a basis for free speech: shifting the normative paradigm for a modern media', Joining The Circle: capturing the zeitgeist of 'Big Tech' companies, social media speech and privacy conference, Inner Temple, 23rd May 2018
- Coe, P '#birdsandthebees: the social media paradox - an intersection with the Criminal Law', Invited Guest Lecture, University of Winchester, 2nd March 2016
- Coe, P '#birdsandthebees: a 'green cross code' for using social media', Inside Aston Conference, Aston University, 20th January 2016
- Coe, P 'A Seismic shift? An evaluation of the impact of new media on perceptions of freedom of expression and privacy', Amsterdam Privacy Conference, University of Amsterdam, October 2015
- Coe, P and Dagilyte, E 'Developing professionalism via take-home exams: Assessment for learning in law studies', 50 Years of Assessment in Legal Education, Association of Law Teachers and Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, January 2015
- Coe, P Panel member discussing social media's interaction with the law: Addleshaw Goddard, London, December 2014
- Coe, P 'The Defamation Act 2013: We Need to Talk about Corporate Reputation', Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference Media and Communications Section, September 2014
- Coe, P and Dagilyte, E 'Professionalism in law degrees: Chartering the territory between liberal education and legal services', Institute of Advanced Legal Studies WG Hart Workshop, June 2014
- Coe, P and Dagilyte, E 'Professionalism in higher education: Important not only for lawyers', Association of Law Teachers (ALT) Annual Conference, Leeds, April 2014
- Coe, P and Dagilyte, E 'Teaching Professionalism through assessment: A case for take-home exams in law studies', ALT Annual Conference, Nottingham Trent University, March 2013; Buckinghamshire New University Scholarship in Action Conference, February 2013
- Coe, P Dagilyte, E and Mosesson, L 'Professional Development and the LLB', ALT Annual Conference, Nottingham Trent University, March 2013
- Coe, P and Mosesson, L 'Teaching and assessing mooting and negotiation as part of an LLB', ALT Annual Conference, University of Oxford, April 2012
- Joining The Circle: capturing the zeitgeist of 'Big Tech' companies, social media speech and privacy panel session, Inner Temple, 23rd May 2018
- Funding awarded November 2017: £2,972.00 from Inner Temple.
SELECTED BOOK REVIEWS
- Coe, P (2020) review of Smith, G (ed), Internet Law and Regulation, Sweet & Maxwell, 2020 in Communications Law 25(3) 168
- Coe, P (2020) review of Rolph, D (ed), Landmark Cass in Defamation Law, Hart Publishing, 2019 in Communications Law 25(3) 167.
- Coe, P (2020) review of Monti, A and Wacks, R Protecting Personal Information: The Right to Privacy Reconsidered, Hart Publishing, 2019 in Entertainment Law Review 31(3) 118.
- Coe, P (2020) review of Koltay, A New Media and Freedom of Expression, (Hart Publishing, 2019) in Journal of Media Law (published online on 6th January 2020 doi.org/10.1080/17577632.2019.1708010)
- Coe, P review of Rowbottom, J Media Law (Hart Publishing, 2018) in Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly (2018) 69(4) 559-560.
- Coe, P review of Tomlinson, H QC and Vassall-Adams, G QC (eds), Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (Matrix Chambers, 2017) in Entertainment Law Review (2018) 29(6) 198
- Coe, P review of Oster, J Media Freedom as a Fundamental Right (Cambridge University Press, 2015) in Entertainment Law Review (2018) 29(3) 100
- Coe, P review of Mac Síthigh, D Medium Law (Routledge, 2018) in Entertainment Law Review (2018) 29(6), 100
- Coe, P review of Mangan, D and Gillies, L (eds), The Legal Challenges of Social Media (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017) in Entertainment Law Review (2017) 28(8) 283
- Coe, P review of Weisenhaus, D and Young, S (eds), Media Law and Policy in the Internet Age (Hart Publishing, 2016) in Entertainment Law Review (2017) 28(5) 186
- Coe, P review of Barendt, E Anonymous Speech Literature, Law and Politics (Hart Publishing, 2016) in Communications Law (2016) 21.3, 98-134, 130
LLB(Hons), LLM by research, PhD, PGCTLHE, SFHEA, Barrister
I am a Lecturer in Law specialising in Media Law and Criminal Law. I have been a member of the Law School since September 2019. Prior to this, I was a practising barrister specialising in privacy, defamation and reputation management, having been Called to Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 2007 as a Lord Denning Scholar and Hardwicke Entrance Scholar. I have also held a Senior Lectureship in Law at Aston University, where I taught Media Law and Criminal Law. Whilst at Aston I held a number of academic management and administrative positions relating to research and teaching, including the LLB Course Directorship from 2014 to 2017, and managing the Law School's employability initiatives.
My primary research interests are: (i) citizen journalism's impact on free speech, media freedom and regulation and the concepts of privacy and reputation; (ii) defamation and the protection of corporate reputation; (iii) media power and plurality, the role the media plays within society and its impact on democracy. My work in these areas has been published in leading journals such as Legal Studies, the University of Melbourne's Media & Arts Law Review, the Journal of Business Law and Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, amongst others. It has been referred to by the Scottish Law Commission and has been used by IMPRESS (the Press Recognition Panel-approved regulator) to inform its work on press regulation. I write for practitioner and media outlets, such as the New Law Journal, The Independent, The Conversation and Inforrm, and I am regularly invited to speak to the media, at conferences and to give guest lectures to academics, non-academics and policy makers.
My research led to me being invited to join the Information Law and Policy Centre at the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies as a Research Associate in May 2018, and in 2020 I was appointed as an Advisor to the University of East London's Online Harms and Cyber Crime Unit. My work on citizen journalism, media freedom and regulation has led to me helping to set up, and lead, a new IMPRESS Advisory Group that has been established to provide expert guidance to the regulator on the creation and operation of a new regulatory scheme for traditional and new and emerging news publishers.
Since August 2019 I have been Editor-in-Chief of Communications Law (Bloomsbury Press), one of the leading specialist journals devoted to media and technology law. I am also the author of the 'In Brief' section of the journal. Prior to taking over the Editorship of the journal I was a member of its Editorial Board. Additionally, I sit on the Editorial Board of the leading European Media Law journal, In Medias Res (Wolters Kluwer).
I am an Academic Associate Member of East Anglian Chambers and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. From 2017 to 2020 I was a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars, and in 2020 I became the Convenor of the Society's Media and Communications Law subject section.