Laura Higson-Bliss

Laura Higson-Bliss

Birmingham Law School
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Laura joined Birmingham Law School in 2019 as a Teaching Fellow. Her research interests include: media law, particularly the law and social media; feminist research, human rights and aspects of public law. These interests are reflected in Laura’s PhD which examines the law’s response to online abuse, particularly abuse directed at women.


  • LLB Law (Hons) – Edge Hill University 2013
  • LLM Masters by Research entitled ‘Non-justiciability: a new approach’ – Edge Hill University 2016
  • PcCert in Higher Education – Edge Hill University 2018
  • PhD entitled ‘Social Media, Legality and Online Abuse’ – Edge Hill University 2020


Laura was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Edge Hill University before joining Birmingham Law School. Laura’s specialism relates to the regulation of social media companies, in particular the criminalisation of abusive behaviour online. She has presented her work both nationally and internationally, with her paper examining the Crown Prosecution Service guidelines on social media offences recently being cited in the Law Commissions report into online abuse.

Laura has made a number of media appearance, including a live debate on the BBC’s ‘The Big Questions’ in 2018. She has also presented her work in schools to educate the younger generation on the dangers of inappropriate social media usage.  


  • Public Law
  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice
  • Law Communications and Writing
  • Criminal Evidence


Laura completed her PhD in 2020 which examines the criminal law framework and its use to prosecute social media abuse. She has written extensively on the topic and made a number of media appearances. 


Recent publications


Bliss, L 2019, 'Students’ perceptions of assessed seminar performance in law', Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning.

Bliss, L 2019, 'The Protection from Harassment Act 1997: failures by the criminal justice system in a social media age', Journal of Criminal Law, vol. 83, no. 3, pp. 217-228.

Bliss, L 2018, 'Magistrates Court: Social media: ‘a theme park just for fools’ R v Alison Chabloz (unreported) Westminster Magistrates’ Court 25 May 2018', Journal of Criminal Law, vol. 82, no. 4, pp. 301-304.

Bliss, L 2017, 'The crown prosecution guidelines and grossly offensive comment: an analysis', Journal of Media Law, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 173-188.

Book/Film/Article review

Higson-Bliss, L 2021, 'Trial of the state: law and the decline of politics by Jonathan Sumption. London: Profile Books Ltd, 2019, 112 pp (£8.99 softback). ISBN 978-1-78-816373-6.', Legal Studies.

Conference contribution

Higson-Bliss, L 2020, Legality, Social Media and the Criminal Law. in SLS.

Bliss, L 2015, Non-justiciability: A Get Out of Jail Free Card? in Edge Hill University .

Other contribution


Higson-Bliss, L 2019, Anti-bullying week: Social Media and the upcoming General Election..


Bliss, LA & McGarry, J 2017, 'Feminist research and philosophical hermeneutics: overlaps and synergies', Paper presented at Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference, Newcastle, United Kingdom, 5/04/17 - 7/04/17.

Bliss, L 2017, 'The law, social media and the victimisation of women', Paper presented at Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference, Newcastle, United Kingdom, 5/04/17 - 7/04/17.

Web publication/site

Bliss, L, Little Mix member Jesy Nelson confronts the harsh realities of online abuse – and she’s not alone, 2019, Web publication/site, The Conversation . <>

Bliss, L, What Facebook isn’t telling us about its fight against online abuse, 2018, Web publication/site, The Conversation . <>

Bliss, L, Online abuse on Facebook and Twitter can’t be solved by regulation alone, 2017, Web publication/site, The Conversation . <>

View all publications in research portal


Social Media, Online Abuse, Prosecuting Social Media Offence and Revenge Pornography Laws.

Media experience

TV and Radio