UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Eric Barendt

Prof Eric Barendt

Emeritus Professor of Media Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Oct 1990

Research summary

Eric Barendt's principal research has been concerned with freedom of speech/expression and related constitutional and legal questions. These have generally had a comparative dimension, as shown in his books, Freedom of Speech, (2nd, ed, 2005) and Broadcasting Law (1993). He has also written a book on constitutional law for the prestigious Clarendon Law series published by Oxford University Press (1998), which has also published his study of the empirical impact of libel law on the media, written with three other authors (1997).

He has taken a particular interest in the relationship of libel and privacy law to freedom of speech in both English and European Convention law.

Next year, Eric Barendt will be starting a study of the legal protection of academic freedom from a comparative perspective, which will lead to the publication of a monograph.


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Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1970
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First Degree, Bachelor of Civil Law | 1967
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First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1966


Eric Barendt has been Goodman Professor of Media Law at University College London since 1990; it was the first chair in media law in the United Kingdom. Previously he had been teaching at St. Catherine's College, Oxford from 1971. He has held Visiting Professorships at Rome (1991), Siena (1996), Paris II (1999), Melbourne (2003) and Auckland (2007). In addition to teaching at those universities, he has given lectures and seminars at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Hamburg, Siegen, Münster, Sydney, Canberra, and Dunedin. He was principal editor of the Yearbook of Copyright and Media Law (Oxford University Press) from 1995 to 2001/2, and will be an editor of a new Media and Communications Law Review to be published by Hart from 2009. He has given informal advice, and formal evidence, to the House of Commons Culture, Media, and Sport Committee on Privacy and Media Intrusion (2003), and he gave evidence to the Joint Committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons on the Draft Communications Bill (2002). He has given advice on freedom of expression issues to the government of Turkey, the European Community Cigarette Manufacturers, and the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission.