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  • Mr Mark O'Brien

    Head of School of Law

    School of Law

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Mark O'Brien

    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 484941



    Mark O'Brien joined Oxford Brookes University as Head of the School of Law in April 2014 from the University of the West of England, Bristol, where he was the Director of Law.

    A graduate of Exeter and Reading Universities, Mark also previously taught at the University of Reading and Sheffield Hallam University.

    Mark’s teaching interests relate to Public Law, Civil Liberties and Computer Law, and his research interests revolve around civil liberties and criminal justice, especially regarding the regulation of the Internet and wider cyberspace issues, and also counter-cultural groups, public order law and police discretion, in all of which areas he has published extensively

    Outside Oxford Brookes University, Mark’s academic activities include or have included the following:

    • Treasurer, Seminar Grants Chair and Executive Committee Member, Socio-Legal Studies Association,
    • Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, Association of Law Teachers,
    • UK Law Associations LETR Working Group
    • Solicitors Regulation Authority Reference Group
    • Qualifications Working Group
    • Panel member for the National Law Schools Survey
    • Project director: ‘Tribal Groups in Modern Britain: The Development of Human Rights in Law' 
    • Information Technology Law and Cyberspace stream convener, Socio-Legal Studies Association
    • Editor of special issues for Information and Communications Technology Law
    • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Information Law, Policy and Practice
    • Co-organiser, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2010
    • Various external adviser, review and examiner roles.