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Dr Catherine Easton
Catherine’s research focuses primarily on Information and Communication Technology Law and regulation. She has also done research on legal teaching and learning activities.
ICT Law and regulation
Catherine has written a number of journal articles on this area of her research:
'ICANN’s core principles and the expansion of generic top-level domain names' International Journal of Law and Technology (Winter 2012) 20(4): 273-290, first published online September 24, 2012
'Revisiting the law on website accessibility in the light of the UK's Equality Act 2010 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities' International Journal of Law and Information Technology, 20(1), 2012, 19
'An examination of the Internet’s development as a disabling environment in the context of the social model of disability and anti-discrimination legislation in the UK and USA' Universal Access in the Information Society (DOI) November 2011 http://www.springerlink.com/content/60542p8143150277/
'The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0: An Analysis of Industry Self-regulation' International Journal of Law and Information Technology, 19(1), 74, 2011
'Access to Technology for disabled people: the forgotten legacy of innovation?' Information and Communications Technology Law,12(3), 237, 2003
Legal teaching and learning activities
Catherine has written journal articles on this area of her research:
'Employing a Classroom Response System to Teach Law: A Case Study' European Journal of Law and Technology, 3(1), 2012
'An examination of clicker technology use in legal education' Journal of Information Technology Law, 2009, (3)
She has also written a book, Course Notes: The English Legal System. This book is “the ideal companion to developing the essential skills needed to undertake the core module of English Legal System as part of undergraduate study of law or a qualifying GDL/CPE conversion course” (Amazon.com book description). The book has been well received:
‘This is a fabulous addition to the student book market … I only wish it had been available when I was a student!’
Catherine has developed the interactive online teaching materials for Hilaire Barnett’s 'Constitutional and Administrative Law'. She has also created the Public Law area for Pearson’s Virtual Learning Programme.
The complete list of Catherine’s publications can be found on her research page.
Influence on professional standards, guidelines or training:
Catherine is a presenter of CPD sessions on the use of interactive technology to teach law.
Catherine is a 2012 HEA International Scholar and is carrying out work on interactive technology at Vanderbilt University, USA.
Policy debate has been stimulated or informed:
Catherine drafted the SCRIPT/BILETA Response to the Government Consultation “A Communications Review for a Digital Age” 2011: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ahrc/research/itforesightforum/BILETA%20Communications%20Review.pdf
Impact on practitioners and professional services:
Catherine has worked with trading standards officers in relation to accessible website design.
Catherine organised the 2011 BILETA conference held at Manchester Metropolitan University, attended by academics, solicitors and policymakers. http://www.law.mmu.ac.uk/bileta/
Catherine was on the panel for the “Doing Business in China” workshop at Lancaster University, which explored the intellectual property issues of running business in China. The workshop was aimed at SME’s and was attended by businesspeople interested in doing business with companies in China.
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