Rebecca Moosavian

Rebecca Moosavian


I recently joined Leeds Law School to teach media and intellectual property law. I have published in the areas of privacy and the Iraq war, and have presented my research nationally and internationally.

In 2002, after qualifying as a solicitor with North East-based ‘legal aid’ firm Ben Hoare Bell, I joined Northumbria University law school where I taught jurisprudence, IP, and undertook course leadership and LLM Dissertation Director roles. In 2009 I successfully completed an M(Phil).

I have co-convened an SLS-funded conference, ‘Iraq: Legal-Political Legacies’ and worked on a funded project for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), headed by Prof Rhona Smith. I am also co-convenor for the jurisprudence stream of the Society of Legal Scholars.


  • Programme Leader of LLB (Graduate Programme)

Research interests

My research concerns the Article 8 privacy right and its conflict with free expression in misuse of private information law. I have also published on the constitutional issues raised by the Iraq War, particularly prerogative power and judicial review. My research across these areas entails applied legal-political philosophy, especially critical theories.


Refereed Publications include:

Jigsaws and Curiosities: The Unintended Consequences of Misuse of Private Information Injunctions [2016] Communications Law, Vol 21(4), 104-115.

A Just Balance or Just Imbalance? The Role of Metaphor in Misuse of Private Information [2015] Journal of Media Law, Vol 7(2), 196-224. 

Deconstructing ‘Public Interest’ in the Article 8 vs Article 10 Balancing Exercise [2014] Journal of Media Law, Vol 6(2), 234-268.

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’: Informing the Public under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 [2014] International Journal of Human Rights, Vol 18, No 2, 178.

‘Fountain of Honour’?  The Role of Crown in the Iraq War [2013] Kings Law Journal, Vol 24(3) 289.

Judges & High Prerogative: The Enduring Influence of Expertise and Legal Purity [2012] Public Law, 724. 

Charting the Journey From Confidence to the New Methodology [2012] European Intellectual Property Review, Vol 34(5), 324.


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  • MPhil
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • Legal Practice Certificate
  • LL.B (Hons)

Professional memberships

  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Socio-Legal Scholars Association

Student education

I have over 15 years’ experience of teaching jurisprudence and intellectual property law at undergraduate and LLM levels. I currently teach intellectual property law and media law. I also supervise undergraduate and LLM dissertations across my teaching and research areas.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice

Current postgraduate researchers

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